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No John. Still keeping my eyes on it every day down here down under. Some of the guys are posting on Facebook these days have a look at Fremington camp on FB.
all the best to all of you. Foxy.
Well, its been a long time since anyone posted anything on the site so, I hope you are all keeping well, I thought that there must be a problem somewhere, or my computer is not receiving. I guess with all this good weather you must be out sunning yourselves or on holiday.
All the best John Michael (Mick) for the hippie traveller.
John, I booked yesterday afternoon and I had a choice of the type of room I wanted so there must be rooms available, just tell them your booking for the 18 Amph reunion, they hold a number of rooms for us.
I hope everyone is keeping okay and in tip top health, looking forward to seeing you all again.
Sorry, I don't do face book, only the forum so perhaps I don't keep up to date with you all.
Kind regards John (Mick) for the hippie
For John Gibson there are about 30 rooms left at The Barnstaple Hotell tell them that you are with the Amphibious Reunion and you should have no problems all the rooms are booked in Mike Ross name hope to see you at the Reunion Geordie
Tried to book the hotel but they declared it as Full for these dates Are other members in the same boat or DUKW's in our case Do we just book a hotel as near to the Barnstable Hotel as possible? Also I do not possess a Regimental Tie will I be able to purchase one at the reunion Im really sorry that I cant remember you Ossy, I have found some pics of the football team but I cant see myself in any of them. It was Ingham not Inglis. He was our Pocket Battleship in the middle' Boy could he talk his way through a game. Soon let you know if you weren't pulling your weight. Danny wasn't shy either in letting the forwards know if they were lacking I am looking forward to the reunion to see old faces that I thought I would never see again. I always seem to have a problem posting my messages I have taken out most of the punctuation marks but still having problems
Just booked the hotel for the reunion weekend, unfortunately Gillian & I won't be able to make it until late Friday evening due to her still working but we look forward to seeing you all on the weekend. John. (Mick) for the old age hippie.
In reunion 2017 the entertainment lady will not be with us. All change as requested. Our enter entertainment will ten pin bowling from 1630hrs followed by dinner. Then we have Jason Toff to entertain you until midnight ish. Saturday times to follow there will of course be our AGM. Evening dinner at 1900hrs if possible I shall have tables of 8 for your comfort. Please ensure the dress for Saturday night is jackets and regimental ties. Also you are responsible for your guests dress. Appropriate for our ladies with slacks if you wish.
Great to see you about GIBBO, you obviously dont recall me or some others that are in photos with you at Fremington on this site, Ive never forgot you, you were distinctive and stood out a mile and was one of the lads at the time, half a century ago, will look forward to meeting you at the reunion, and jog your memory.The soldier that drowned was Norman Holmes, it was Johhny Ingham not Inglis in the football team with you, I along with Don Turner and Bob Raistrick also attended Danny Chandler and Kenny Anderson funerals, couldnt make Johnny Nutzladers but was in touch with him only recently before his passing, please stay in contact with us all, you,ll love the reunion, Ossy.
I have to say its very nice that people can still remember me after such a long time I cant for the life of me think how I could forget a nickname like Flash I was looking through some of the past emails and saw that Danny had posted the sad news of Johnny Nutzlader passing away Johnny was an enigma to me his body shape was not of a footballer but he was one of the most skilful players that I played with I remember Routledge arriving along with another chap called Snodgrass or Higginsbottom one of these Yorkshire names, they both arrived at the same time in 66 I think? Does anyone remember poor Jethro King. He had tried to re-enlist but was refused I am really looking forward to the reunion although with a little apprehension as the only folks that I can clearly remember were in the football team and the office I knew Cheeky MacDonaugh who was in the REME attachment but cant remember what the rest worked at Keep safe and Healthy John
Hi Gibo , I remember you at Fremington ! Look forward to seeing you at the next Re Union at Barnstaple . It's a fantastic week end and you'll meet up all your old mucker .
Hello Gibbo a blast from the past nice to hear that you are still alive and kicking just looking at you on my wedding photo now that was a good day and enjoyed by half the squadron It will be good to see you after all these years the reunion takes place in the Barnstaple hotel Where a-bouts do you live now I reside in Catterick Garrison Looking forward to meeting you again regards john (Geordie) cook
I had read in a previous report regarding the sad passing of Danny, I am also saddened to see that Kenny has departed as well. I will be attending the 2017 reunion. I would appreciate any help in getting me organised, I.e. where it's being held/hotels. I believe the railway has disappeared?? I received an email from 'jomichal', I think he knew another Gibson, were there two Gibsons at 118 at the same time??! Our CSM was Dearing when I was there. Major Schools and Lt Reid are the only Officers that I remember. Does anybody remember the name of the poor guy who was killed whilst on exercise in Flushing,Holland. His DUKW overturned transporting girders from ship to shore, he got trapped underwater by the girders. I believe Keith Markey was his best friend or was close to him. Very sad time for the Company. It's strange but very nice to see that RCT 118 Coy is still remembeed. I only typed in key words and found this site, quite remarkable.
For John Gibson. John I know most of the names you mentioned. I can infer you that the Kenny Anderson and Danny Chandler have passed. Danny and I were very good friends and I along with Flash Harris and Alan Cookman attended his funeral. We are still in contact with his wife Margaret. As regard to the other names yoiu listed maybe Ozzy or some one with a greater knowledge than I. We do have a reunion come up. if you contact me I can give you further information on over 120 members of the Amphibian family.
I am John Gibson, also known as Gibbo. I was stationed at fremington 1965-67. I worked in the office with Sgt Hanlon, Cpl Danny Chandler and Steve (Chalky) White. We had a really good football team captained by Danny, including, Jock Law, Johnny Inglis, Johnny Nutzlader, Kenny Anderson, Taffy Greaves, Vic Staples, Cheeky, Keith Markey Has anyone been in contact with these lads? We narrowly missed out in winning the local league in 1966/67
Afternoon all. Just received confirmation for the bowls on Friday 13th October. We have six lanes booked with two games. So thirty six members can go head to head in the competition. So it's games and entertainment booked ready for the next reunion. Already twenty rooms are booked as well. Remember if you wish too bring two guests along please do. But you are expected to be responsible for themand their dress on the Saturday night. Stay well be safe see you all in October.
Just a quick heads up. Finance for our next reunion is now confirmed. So it's ten pin and entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Stay well and safe.
Richard thank you for your best wishes. Photograph for the last reunion with placedon FB. Are you on FB. We have our own site on FB. In box me and I'm shall get you in as a melmber. The next reunion is 12,13 and 14th Oct. if you intend to attend you need to book Richard. Eighteen rooms are booked already. Stay well.
Are there any photo's of the 16 reunion? being down-under I wasnt able to get there this year, but would love to see the guys and gals enjoying themselves, there isnt many of my lot left now but hopefully I will get there next year. Hope you are feeling better after your health traumas lately.
All the best to you and every one. Foxy.
I will be posting this message on the F/Book site as well!
Recently I was contacted by a virtual lifetime friend Judith Andrews concerned that references and photo captions to her late husband JOE FLEMING who paid the ultimate price by the IRA in 1972 as his surname was being mispelt with two MMs. This causes her certain discomfort as she feels his memory should be remembered correctly and wishes if possible for past postings to be edited properly and future ones acted upon accordingly to reflect her feelings.I hope all will understand as she wishes everyone well and thank you all in advance for your cooperation in this matter cheers Ossy.
Hi Everyone. Reunion 2017. First off I would like to thank Don Turner for all the liaison work he has carried out for the committee for our next reunion. The out line provisional programme for 2017 is as follows. Pitch up either Thursday12 or Friday 13 October. We are kicking off with 10 pin bowling at 1600hrs with the allocation of 6 lanes. Names to me if you wish to play. After dinner we are being entertained by Jason Todd a local man who have entertained in and around the clubs of Barnstaple. On Saturday we will be holding our AGM. Time to follow. R & R Saturday PM. Dinner at 1900hrs with of course our Regimental ties and jackets. Appropriate for our Ladies. Entertainment as requested by so many will be Keith Turner. Stay well and safe during 2017. You may book your accommodation now. Do not forget to book Saturday 14 October 2017.
Hi to all you fellow amphibians firstly I would like to say well done to Mike for the results of the prostate scare and wish him well for the future. I would also like to wish all members a very happy and healthy NEW YEAR.
Received a call this morning with the good news. Prostate all clear so the radiotherapy worked on me. No more of them injections either. I am now on blood tests. I think I can live with that. Now the lungs. Having had acute pneumonia which has left me on oxygen for awhile which is restrict me. But I shall get by that in time. The reunion next October will happen and already planning is in progress.stay well. Be safe.
John i think it is f43 in the Fremington 1 page
Geordie lad. Where has the Christmas dinner photo gone that Ossy is referring to I know it was on here somewhere but I don't now seem to be able to locate it?
In answer to your question Ossy, yes that is Gibbo in the photo and I know that he was living in Ashford Kent, as I met him a few years ago but failed to get his address due to me being in a vehicle at the time, I will endeavour to find out where he is at the moment. I think it must have been at least ten years ago when I saw him last but I'll give it my best shot.
I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year, may all you wish for come true and may you stay healthy, wealthy and warm.
John Michael (Mick) to my favourite old age traveller.
Hi could either John Gibson himself or anyone else confirm he is who we all knew as Gibbo the photo of the 1966 Christmas dinner has him sat next to Bob Macmanus,with Flash peering out to one side behind him Ossy.
Thank Ken. Well yesterday I saw the consultant who is I/C of my well being. This infection and radiotherapy has been fighting one another. So what was happening was the radiotherapy was winning every.day the antibiotics were not strong enough to win the war. Now the good news. With the end of radiotherapy in sight they are releasing next Wednesday after my last radiotherapy. The consultant is putting me on an 8week plan to get the lungs back to what they were. I would like to thank you all for your best wishes. Fingers crossed I am hoping for a good Christmas after being in the hospital for almost three weeks. This year because my problems we have not sent you Christmas greetings. However may I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a very happy new year. Stay well stay warm and stay safe.
Hope you are on your way home very shortly and getting ready for Christmas.Wishing you all the best Ken
My Health. Well I am now off liquid antibiotics and on the pills. The infection is still with me but the top Doctor said the pills will move it in a few days. That means I shall be in for a few days yet. Prostrate cancer is almost completed. Just 8 more sessions to go. Once that is finished it will help get rid of the infection in the lungs.Anyone wishing to contact me please telephone on 07783581210.please do not call during meal time.many. Many thanks to all who have contacted me already. Stay well and keep warm.
Hi Mike ( Taff ) sorry to here about your lung infection . Glad there treating you good in hospital get well quick mate . The lads of 18 are thinking of you .
Hello mike, sorry to here the news, hope you have a speedy recovery for your ills. chin up mate our thoughts are with you. rocky.
Hi Every One. I am in hospital at the moment fighting a lung infection to add to my prostrate problem. I must say they are looking after very well. Stay well.MAXIMA
To Mike Ross,
Heather and I wish you all the best with your treatment and hope for a speedy recovery. Thanks for a greet reunion Taff,
For Mike Ross good news Mike lets hope it continues. By the way I know I have said this before but I must say it again ECELLENT JOBB on the 2016 Reunion well done jenny and I really enjoyed it.
Glad to hear all going well Mike, you know we all wish you good luck boyo. Is there any photo's of the last reunion and is there any chance of posting them here on the website please? Kind regards John (Mick for the ancient traveller)
Just a quick up date Amphibians. Started my treatment today and I am delighted to report all went well. Stay well and take care.
Hi All. I am after photographs of our reunion. I have a select but it would be nice to have a great selection. These photographs are for the next issue of the Waggoner which will be distributed in February. As regard to next years reunion I shall email committee in January with a proposed outline programme. Already we have eight 8 rooms already booked. For John Gibson. The only lads I can think of are Ray Hutchings and Bob Raistrick. For all Amphibian stay safe and take care over winter months.
Are there any lads left who played in the football team if 1965/66? Sorry to hear that the Captain Danny Chandler passed away. Great player. John gibson
( Had a prob with my last tex so this is a repeat ) I went to Vic Roberts funeral yesterday at Fremington N Devon . All went well and a good support of Amph lads . I spoke to Avril ( wife ) and many of his family saying that all the Amph lads send there condolences . Rest in peace Vic your last duty done Flash
Now that the dust has settled somewhat on our last reunion I would like to congratulate Mike Ross for another excellent reunion function. This was by far one of the best my wife and I have attended. The entertainment and company were great to say the least.
It was great to meet up with old friends even if sadly we are reducing somewhat in numbers. Kate wants me to thank the girls for a very entertaining Saturday with the shopping and a very relaxing afternoon on the balcony. When can we book for next year Mike??
I would like to welcome Bill Mc Grath to our association. Bill served in Fremington from 1966 and also did a UN tour of Cyprus with the Sqn. For John. Membership number 402. Bill on behalf of all Amphibians welcome. See you in Barnstaple next year.
I would like to thank Mike Ross, the Committee, and indeed all the other attendees at the 2016 Reunion for giving us all a great time, at a great venue. There must have been a lot of work done and it was most certainly appreciated by my wife and I, as well as many others. Well done everyone!
A fantastic weekend at the reunion, good food good entertainment and a FEW drinks with old friends and I'm not sue if I spoke with them all but I hope I did. Thanks Taffy Ross for organising everything and I wish you all the very best of health for the future.
I hope to see you all at the next reunion, I might bring my hip flask, all our very best wishes to all.
My what a man, henriy, I wish I could have some of his get up and go. All power to him, I wish him well, rocky.
Hi all you Amph lads . I had a phone call last night around about 20:00 hrs from Henriy Kubinski , he will not be coming to this years Re Union . He's been to Arnham reunion for the Polish para , he's been to Canada , he's just returned from a holiday in America arrived back Monday night . He feels tired and is going to have a good rest , he's 91! What a man one of the best he's asked to pass on he's regards to all the DUKW lads & partners , he's hopping to see you all in 2017 Re Union God Willing Flash
Sad to hear of Vic Roberts death, sincere condolences to his family at this moment, RIP Vic, we'll tip a couple of pints in memory of you this weekend.
Sorry to hear that Vic Roberts has carried out his last duties . Rest in peace Vic your duties done . Thoughts are also with his family .
It is with sadness that I report the passing of Vic Roberts. Vic died this morning in Barnstaple Hospital. RIP Amphibian your duty in now complete.
Hi Everyone. Over the passed two months or so several members have contacted me to say they are unable to attend the reunion because of illness either to them or Wives or Partners. Would everyone who cannot make it please cancel your booking at the Hotel. It will give me some final figures for the Saturday dinner. In the mean time get well and stay safe. We will I am sure be thinking about you. I shall publish this on FB.
I am trying to find any information available on my Father Brian Haimes who was Major in the RCT, Emergency Reserve, Amphibians. I remember visiting him at one of his summer camps when on leave from the Australian Army back in the 1960's. I understand he retired through age as a GSO1 shortly afterwards. Any information anyone has would be most gratefully received.
Well, only ten days to go now lads & lassies, I've just had my hair cut so that Bob Rand doesn't get on to me again, I'm really looking forward to this one because Ossie promised to buy me a beer and it will be my birthday on the Saturday so we must celebrate in style, Bob did offer to see me across the road, last time I saw him, I think he's after a job as lollipop lad ha ha.
See you all soon. Regards, John (Mick) for the old age traveller.
Hi Every One. With just 17 days to the reunion that I am sure all members are looking forward in seeing one anther again after a long two years. Please make your selves available for the AGM on Friday afternoon as I would like to update you on the RASC. RCT Annual Conference which I attended on the October the first. Prior to the dinner on the Saturday twenty second of October I have booked a photograph from 1730 hrs. So if you would like to record the evening by having a photograph I am sure the photographer would oblige. All other information regarding the reunion is on this web site under REUNION 2016. Stay well and safe. See you all on or about Thursday 20 October. Punctuation removed for input.
Thank you for the invite to your reunion, unfortunatly i cant make the dates due to childrens half term, however i hope the invite is extended to 2017? Thank you Tiny for the medal cleaning service advice im working on getting them done soon. If all is well for 2017 i will get dads (squeaky) pictures together for you all to see! Many thanks and stay safe and well, kindest Regards Chris Thomas
Thought I hadbetter let you know that I have just booked my place (?) at the Dinner on Sat 22 Oct 16 for 2016 Reunion! Just me!
Hi all just wanted to post to support Rocky(Geoff) as I feel strongly that all such as Jan,Margaret and Chris and any future bereaved family of our departed comrade's should have an automatic right on application to join us at our functions, and hopefully there will still be a few more of those, Ossy.
I may not be able to update guestook entrys for the next week as I will be in Holland I will try to find free wifi Geordie
With reference to my entry on 050916. All change. Today the Barnstaple Hotel requested I give back the few spare rooms I had reserved for the reunion. But as the email stated. They have given us ample time to book up at no cost for the booking until arrival. There will be a few unlucky members in October. Personnel who have booked up you have no problem what so ever. For now Stay safe see you in 37 days time.
Thanks mike understood, see you soon.
Try c j Medals shop.cjmedals.co.uk They do a very good service in refurbishment and remount of medals
They even replace the old faded ribbons fror you Hope this helps
For Chris Thomas. Yes of course you may attend our reunion. You will need to tap on to reunion 2016 to obtain the number of the Barnstaple Hotel. It will also give you added information about the reunion. If you have a problem Chris email John Routledge or me direct.
For Geoff. Membership is on my agenda for our AGM on the Friday afternoon. Honorary membership we need to speak about. We have Jan Markley who has attended the five reunions and this year we have Margaret Chandler attending. So yes we need to speak about this subject. For now stay safe. We meet very soon.
COULD cHRIS not be given a honorary membership, and invited to the reunion.
Dear Gents, i hope you dont mind me contacting you this way? Im Norman Thomas (Squeaky) son! Upon dads passing i now have been given dads medals of which im extremly proud to retain and look after, however im after some advice!! They are a bit tarnished and the ribbons need a clean, which is the best way to clean them please?? Also i have alot of dads photos of which i feel is terrible if i cant share them with you guys, which is the best means to send them to you? Still miss my dad every day and follow your site often in his memory, i will be thinking of you all at your reunion in October!! Kindest Regards Chris Thomas
I have today received a return from the Barnstaple Hotel. There are a few rooms left for the reunion weekend so do not delay book your room even if it s only for the Saturday night. I shall have to release the reserve rooms to the public on 1st October. So now is your chance to book your room. We meet in just 45 days time so stay well and safe.
Just ten weeks to our reunion. Stay well. See you in October.
Just like to say a big thank you to taff, for a great corp weekend. all trogs and ladies had a great time, anyone who want to boogy should take lessons from bob rand, he can move his stuff even in his eighth decade plus years. church service was very moving as well, great weekend alround. thanks for asking me to attend.
I have just received details of the funeral for Tony Atherton. The funeral is at 1400hrs on the 5th August 2016 at the Gwent Crematorium Croesyceilio Cwnbran Gwent. NP44 2BZ. Telephone number 01633 482784. To assist in direction its M4 junction 25 once on thA4042 road the Crematorium is on the junction of the Croesyceiliog bypass and Tre-Herbert Road. Turn right at the round about and the Crematorium is on the left. Further details shall be announced at the service.
It is with sadness that I report the passing of Tony Atherton. Tony passed away last night in hospital. He was the secretary of the WO s and SNCOs Club. Tony was not an amphibian but I feel that his passing should displayed in our sight in inform many of our members who may have served with him. RIP Tony.
Thanks for the offer tiny your very kind, but I have a 18 sqn tie, and I got the rest I need from deepcut. anyway we havent met for 56 years and I wait another 56 years to give back what I borrow. just kidding, see you in a few weeks buddy look after yourselfe till then. rocky/
for Geoff King
Geoff I have just read your comments requesting dress info for the Corps weekend get together I have a spare 18 Sqn Tie that you can have with pleasure I will bring it with me to the function in a couple of weeks mate
Hi Guys. We are inundated down here in Tasmania, I think the Island is about to wash away. WHERE ARE THE DUKWS OSSY????
A farewell to our old O.C. Nibs Speller. I thought he was a good bloke. R.I.P
This morning I picked up a comment on FB to say that Harry (Paddy) Lockhart has had a stroke. However, I put myself into gear and spoke directly with Paddy and to my surprise he was quite well. He had a mini stroke several weeks ago and had been out of hospital just over a month ago. He is mending well but still taking things a little slow. I gave him our best and wished him well.
Sorry to read the passing of the O.C . Of 18 Coy ( amph) Mojor Speller just new him when I got to unit R.I.P thoughts go to all the family .
It,s always with regret to hear of any passing, much respect and condolences to my first OC 18 Coy Amphibious RASC Major Speller.
Having looked at the membership on our FB site I have notice that many of you Amphibians have not joined the Association. Come Lads lets get our membership higher. We are one of the highest Associations in the RASC RCT Associations. We have the best web site and our reunions are second to none. It s only six pounds and it s for life.
Thank you mike, I have no rasc/rct, tie so might wear my merch tie, remember nib speller well RIP sir.
Firstly yes Geoff you can wear your medal or even medals. Ray I know will be wearing his medals as he is carrying our standard. I myself Geoff shall be wearing my miniatures. You may do so yourself if you have Miniatures. No doubt Alan and Bob will be wearing their medals to the Church. For the Saturday night dinner it s our amphibious tie and you may wear the RASC or RCT tie to church on the Sunday Morning.
It is with sadness that I report the passing of Brigadier NIB Speller. The Brigadier passed away on the 9 March 2016. He was my Coy Comd in 1960 so the older generation will remember him as our OC.
I am going to the corp weekend for the first time, and would like to know for the sake of rules if the group, or an idividual, would take offence to my wearng south atlantic campaign, and merchant navy medal,at the church servie on the sunday. As I do not want to mar a army celabration,my thanks best of regards to all stay safe.
Thanks mike mouth working before brain engaged,stay well.
Thanks for the info Taff looking forward to seeing you and all that are going to corp weekend. regards.
Hi Geoff. The Cenotaph Parade is coordinated via HQ RASC RCT. The association only receives a small number of tickets. If you look back through your Waggoner in the January edition you will see a photographs of our contingent which were on parade. The Buller on Line Branch makes up the numbers every year. However we can discuss this at the Corps weekend. Stay well see you soon.
Just a idle thought, as a specialised unit which we were, and a band of brothers which we are, could we apply to march passed at the cenotaph on rememberance day. end of thought. regards to all.
Sorry gents in my excitement of finding this site I left out all the information. My father Robert Roulstone was a dukw driver. 536 amphibious dukw company.He mentioned coming across from 1 black watch,then been in in 1 reserve holding unit before 536. I believe he got woundedo at nijmegen.. searching for old salts who may know of him or know his no.
Hello Everyone. I have just received a return from the Barnstaple Hotel and I am delighted to report that we have 87 booked in already. Because of the problems with receptionists we also have 6 booked in elsewhere. There are rooms left at the Barnstaple. So book in ASP to avoid disappointment.
Standby. The committee has decided to hold a reunion next year 2017. The dates are Friday 13 Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2017. We will have top entertainment for the Saturday night and a supporting disco for those who wish to dance till late. Accommodation cost for the 2017 reunion is as follows, Single room £87.50. Double room is £125.00. If you wish to dine only on the Friday and Saturday the cost is £25 per head per night. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
My father Robert George Roulstone born & lives in Barnstaple is now in his 90's landed I believe d day +1. He has no memory of his No. Are there any otherspecific still around who may know of him. He has nothing but a few tattered photos. Any help greatly received his son Dave
There has been a problem booking the Barnstaple Hotel. Having trainees working at the reception caused this. This has now been rectified and things have now improved. However if you know of anyone having difficultly in booking at the Barnstaple Hotel please tell them to quote this reference number. 35916. This reference number is the link to Wagon Trail 16 our reunion. Any problems with this contact me by email landline or mobile. There are just a few room left at the Hotel and I have been informed that many members and guests have booked into the Barnstaple Travelodge. Stay well Lads.
Happy birthday Tiny Cookman mate, I'll raise a glass of Canadian club to you tonight. Hope to see you again quite soon, at thee reunion where we can sink a few more.
Thanks Tiny Cookman. Afraid I won't be able to make this years reunion as away on hols Oct/Nov but thanks for mentioning it.
Hi George Webb, long time since I saw you and your Franny Barnett. I had a bike in bordon too, a DKW, don't know if you remember. I can't be that far from you as I live in East Yorkshire.
For John Leggett
John I can tell you that you would discover a lot more of the Bordon boys of your day at the 18 Sqn Re-union which is held bi annually at Barnstaple in N Devon. Our next get together takes place this October. Full details can be found on this page under 2016 reunion. The Friday night dinner is for the Bordon and Taunton ex boys and you do not have to be an ex member of 18 Sqn to be invited I can assure you that you will meet up with many more lads you knew and you would be most welcome I was the Junior Drum Major before your time 1957 59 prior to Mick Moss. If you want further details contact me by e mail
Hi to John Leggett of Carter Platoon, Junior Leaders, Bordon. I have had about forty bikes since that Francis Barnet 250. Still riding today fifty six years later. As is Johnny Greenaway, who had a Norton at Bordon.
I am living in N. Yorkshire, where are you now?
Anyone who was at bordon in boys service with us, is alright with me.
fascinating site. Recognise a couple of names as I served RASC 60 - 65 (pre RAOC). I think George Webb was in boys service with me in Bordon (carter pl). I certainly remember his FB bike
Last night we went along to see Bob Drury your Neil Diamond for the reunion in October. I had the opportunity to meet him for a ten minute chat. Very nice Man of Kent as he resides in Canterbury. You will not be disappointed as this guy can knock it out. We should have a great evening with top class entertainment. If you know of anyone who has not booked tell him or her to pick up the phone and do so as Bob is a very good entertainer. There are just a few rooms left if you wish to stay. You must also book your meals for Friday night and of course the Saturday night. Remember you have entertainment on the Friday night for this years reunion. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Our table is now full at the Corps weekend. Stay well Lads.
May I take this opportunity to thank everyone who sent cards, emails and other means of communication to congratulate Joyce and myself on our fifth anniversary. It s a milestone in anyone s life. Thank you all for your best wishes, and we will be seeing many of you at Corps weekend and at Amphibious reunion later in the year.
With reference to Corps weekend my return must be posted on Tuesday 22 March 2016 to ensure I have a place on a table for the seven who have booked in with me. Do not delay I am on the telephone and my email is switched on. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Once you have booked the room contact me so I can add you to the amphibious table this is the end of mikes previous entry
Corps weekend this year is the 23 & 24 July 2016. The programme is Saturday 23 July RCT Band concert at the Princes Hall Aldershot at 1400hrs. 1830hrs to 0001hrs dinner dance at the Holiday Inn Farnborough. GU14 6AZ. Sunday at 1050hrs Church service at the church of St Michael and St George Aldershot. GU11 2BY. Lunch will be served at the holiday Inn after the service.
Already I have three couples that are attending the Dinner Dance and church service. If any member would like further information on the weekend just call me or even email me. The dinner dance is ten pounds per head and the lunch is five per head. The holiday inn is just £60 for a double room. It is a special rate for persons attending the weekend. Telephone for the Holiday Inn is 02033499520. Once you are through you must ask for RASC ASSOCIATION and you will be transferred to another person who is taking the booking for this weekend. There are just a few rooms left. Once you have booked the ro
Like the other lads have said,tiny so pleased with your news,hope you get stronger day by day. Look foreward to the reunion to meet up at last. best regards rocky.
Hi Tiny , so pleased to read your message . Really pleased with the results on your treatment you, Katy & all your family must be so relieved & happy . Pauline & I look forward to seeing both at the Re Union I and I get you a pint take care keep smiling mate .
Good news I'm glad all is well with you now Tiny, nice to hear from you again mate, all the best to Kate and we'll see you both at the reunion.
For all of you who have kept in touch with me over the past 18 months or so I want to bring you all up to date with my Cancer Treatment. As you are aware I have finished the Chemotherapy and Radiology treatments a few months ago Last week I underwent a full CT scan and endoscopic examination and I am delighted to tell you the cancer growth has disappeared It is a little soon to say I have it beaten but the first diagnosis is very good It will require a few more 3 monthly checks with neg results before we can say iy is in remission I wish to thank all of you who kept me going through the treatment stage It really meant very much to Kate and I I am now a much depleted man having reduced somewhat in weight I have come down from 23 stone to 17 and a half stone. I feel much better now than I did a tear or so ago. I will see you all at the reunion It looks to be a good one least of all the fact that I would have made it. Take care and stay well all of you
Check out the latest poster on Reunion 2016. I have managed to obtain this poster from the agents I have been using. John has once again fixed it so that it can be viewed on our site. As you can see Bob Drury is an international performer so I am sure this years reunion will be remembered. Stay well and keep warm. See you all in October.
I am sorry for sending a message in capitols, my mistake.
All our entertainment deposits are paid for our reunion. I shall publish a programme of main events later in the year once I have confirmation of our guests attending. Also I shall publish the teams for the bowls as this year I have booked six lanes. Timings for this get together shall be published at the same time as the main events. May I thank John and the rest of our remaining committee for their support in assisting with the organizing of this year s reunion. During the AGM I shall be asking for committee members. If wish to volunteer now just email John or me so we can record your name. Stay well and keep warm you DUKW Lads.
jUST WATCHED BOB DRURY ON YOU TUBE,BRILL,GOOD LUCK WITH THAT TAFF.
I've seen the real Neil Dioamond at the NEC Birmingham , a while ago . This man Bob Boyce that Mike ( taff ) Ross has got for the sound alike Neil D , for our Re Union is fantastic !! Really enjoyed the short clip .
Fingers crossed and I can obtain a ticket I shall be seeing our act at the end of March. If successful I shall give you feed back. Looking at his engagement up to March 2017 he is a very busy entertainer. He has a web site which will also give you information to his back ground. Stay well and keep warm you DUKW Lads.
Mike has booked an excellent entertainer for the Saturday night of our Reunion for a preview of his act click on the link at the bottom of the 2016 reunion page. Geordie
Taff lad. Gillian &myself would like to participate in the bowling if that's okay.
Kind regards John
Thank You Vic. Your names are added. I have recorded 36 names for bowling on Friday 21 October. The hotel room bookings have just dropped gear but there are not many left. I am waiting a return from the hotel. When known I shall publish later. I can not confirm the complete entertainment for the Saturday night as yet. However I am still working on that task. We are now into February therefore it's just nine months to go. Time passes by so quickly. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Averil and I and Bill & Heather Watkins would like to be involved in the bowling on the Friday morning please, regards
Bowles. I have spoken to many of our members on this subject during our reunion. I used FB TEXT and emails to make contact. Thank you all for supporting this event. The names I have are Trudy George. Pauline Flash. Annette Mick. Pamela Alax. Babs Don. Sylvia Ray. Beryl Bruce. Anne Lester. Kathleen Alan. Catherine Bill. Joyce Mike. Jan. Mac. Alan. Andy. Bill. Rocky and four guests. There is room for more and its free. So get yourselves in training its game on. The Hotel is two thirds full and we meet in just over eight months time. Stay well Lads and dry.
At the moment I am booking the Bowling Alley but I need how many. If you are going to participate in the competition on Friday morning 21 October at 1000hrs can you let know by emailing me so I can give an estimate to the Alley next door to the Hotel. Last time we had 32 of us. Which if you recall was one big laugh. There will be special prizes for this competition. More rooms have been booked since my last entry. 38. Just 22 left. Be quick. They are going so fast.
Our entertainment for Saturday evening is almost complete. Stay safe and well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Flash , already booked in Barnstaple Hotel for the Re Union , Pauline and I are looking forward to it , good to talk with good mates over a pint!!
Just received my second return from the Hotel. Delighted to report that 35 rooms are booked for the reunion. Just 24 left and the Barnstaple Hotel will be full. Do not delay book today. NO cost and you can cancel if you do not make the reunion.
Is there anyone in the know of a mick barnes 1962-1965 in 18 coy,his mate jerry lydon is looking for him on another site,thank you rocky.
Just received my first return from the Barnstaple Hotel. 31 rooms booked and 49 amphibians and partners attending to date. Stay well and safe lads. We meet soon.
All booked into the hotel for October, looking forward to a great weekend, stay well all.
Hello lads,room booked, now got to get out my banjo and go busking, to pay for the hotel and a new dress. wait to see you all. stay well.
Just been speaking to the Barnstaple Hotel once again and they informed me that we have booked 30 rooms already for the reunion. I am delighted with the response form the information that John has placed on the site under reunion 2016. There are only 30 rooms left. If you have a problem in booking email me or even a quick call. Stay well Stay safe.
Hi Cedric. You can be right marker. LOL.2217 I am sure your fellow amphibians would be disappointed if you were not on parade in October. Stay well my friend and fingers crossed on Heather being well to join us also.
Happy New Year chaps, just booked in for Oct., Heather hoping to be well enough to come, permission given to come on my own if she doesn't feel up to it. keep well lads. Cedric
Good news Mike, I have already booked, hope to see you all there.
Good to see some new photo's, I remember Flash Harris when he was young and lithe, as in the photo's.
John (Mick for the old age traveller)
Within 48hrs please read the booking in information required for this years reunion from 20 Oct to 23 Oct 2016 known as Wagontrail16. This information shall be published in REUNION 16. Stay well Lads we meet in nine months.
That should read, of 66 Sqn in 1992
Hi, Pete Moseley. Dick Luedicke served with me in Bunde and Bielefeld, Mr motor-cycle was still at it as a Maj (QM) of 66 Sqn in 1962 (I have a copy of the Nov 1992 Sporting Waggoner) along with his son Lt. Luedicke and Bill Buckley and co. I believe he went to the J/Lds Regt RCT. His son became a Lt Col, the CO of one of the RLC Regt in Gutersloh.
For Pete Moseley. Dick Leudiker went on to be well known in Army Motorcycling, especially in BAOR. Where he is now I don't know, but if it is important, I could find out more.
All the best for the New Year Guys, especially health wise.
Hi Pete. Bill Boyd pass away several years ago. I too served with Bill in 1960. He met me at Fremington station along with Mac McNamara. Sorry I do not know what happened to Dick. Maybe another amphibian can put a light on him.
I served form 1964 to 1975. First as Junior Leader at Norton Manor. (my first experience of DUKW was in boys service).Later as a member of 53Port sqn, we exercised annually with 18 Amph.Ship to shore logistics sometimes involving LSL,Helicoper,DUKW's and Lorry mounted cranes and rough terrain Michigan forklifts, huge machines capable of wading into the sea. I remember 18 Amph. moving to Marchwood. Sgt Bill Boyd troop Sgt. Later when I ran the Central Servicing Bay one of my team was L/Cpl Dick Leudiker ( not sure how the names spelt) was on my servicing team. Dick was in charge of the DUKW's servicing. I remember the only people who could strip the DUKW's down and re fit them were members of 18 Amph. with no REME help as I remember.
With reference to Lord Mountbatten, the officer with Lt.Col Ball was Capt. Jim Heart my OC at that time. I don't see any reference to Bill Boyd or Dick Leudiker ( Dick was heavily into trials bikes ) Bill originated from Wigan.
Happy New Year to all you DUKW lads wives, partners, family etc hope you all have a healthy and happy year . Spare a thought for the comrades we've lost this year . Hope to you all at our Re Union
What a way to start our new year. We have a new member in the name of Bill Crawley. For John his number is 400. See you at the reunion. Stay well Lads.
As we come to another end of a year Joyce and I would like to wish all Amphibians and wives partners a very happy healthy and prosperous new year. As an Association have lost seven of our members this year which has shocked us all. So would you please raise your glass and drink a bumper toast to our absent friends. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in ten months. Happy New Year.
A very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year to one and all, thanks for the e-card my old traveller mate Ossy, may your plastic and willow flowers never wilt and your pegs never fall off the line.
All the very best from John & Gillian catch up with you all at the next reunion.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members a very happy Christmas and a healthy/happy NEW YEAR. Hope to see you all in 2016
The picture of the W.O & Sgts mess 1971 brings back memories, my Father Ted Ruff , was a REME artificer, based , I remember Arthur Manston,. I now live back in Fremington after my service years. Happy times at Instow.
All the best to all of you. and thanks Ossy for your e-card, very thouhtful mate. I may make the next re-union hopefully, if not, iwill be thinking of you.
hi to all toall of you reading this a merry xmas and a great new year if you dont know me ave a good time anyway
Susan and I, would like to wish one and all, a Nadolig Llawen [Merry Christmas]. It has been sad this year, with too many of our friends passing on. We hope that the New Year will bring better fortune and blessings to everybody. God bless and our best of wishes to all.
Hello all, so pleased for you alan,more progress please.Would like to wish all members a very merry christmas and a happy new year, with all those around you.Really looking forward to next years reunion.stay safe and well all members.
Just a short entry to let you all know that I have finished my Chemotherapy and Radiology treatment and all the signs are good but a bit early to be definate. If all is well I will be at the next reunion and Corps week celebrations. Can I wish each and everyone of you a Happy Christmas and New Year. Take Care and stay warm.
Pauline and I would like to wish all you DUKW lads, ladies and family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !! . Looking forward to seeing you all on our next Re Union
A happy Christmas and also a very happy New Year to all our members and their families.
Our thoughts will be with the families of our friends that have passed. George and Trudi Webb.
In January 2016 I shall be up dating the Association list and also the amphibious staff list. Could I please ask you all to send me any changes to your personal details so I can up date our list s. We have lost seven members of our family since our last reunion however I have kept their addresses open on my master list. If any member require a telephone number or the address of any of the widows please contact me via my email address. In the new year I shall publish information on WAGON TRAIL 16 our reunion which will commence on Thursday 20 October to 23 October 2016. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas. May 2016 be happy healthy and prosperous for you all. For now Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Thanks for the input john,my words were simlar to yours when I spoke to people in other places. going back to your post,this site is not used a lot is it,sad after all the hard work to get it up and running.best regards.
Why? you already have a veterans badge, which you can wear with pride daily, I don't believe in giving out stuff like the yanks, for being first in the NAAFI queue.
I have been reading on other i am in f/b, a growing debate about all ex service men and woman, should be given a medal for service to the country. Has anyone here got a opinion on this. years served does not matter.
Well Billy Lewis is a life member in our association. Billy transferred from ACC to the RCT and did a bit of time in 9 Sqn 10 Regt while in NI. Billy is looking forward to the reunion next years so he can touch base with old pals from Fremington. He came to Fremington in late 76 and did about two and half years. This period of time is not confirmed. You can speak with him at the next reunion. Stay well lads and be safe during the festive season.
Hello Taff. Is that Billy cutting the turkey on the photo Fremington 1 F73? if it is he's put on a little weight.
Kind regards John
Must welcome Billy Lewis to our group. It s been a long time. Billy produced our food at Fremington. Welcome Billy. You must join our association. Speak soon.
I agree with john,we have one of the best and safest sites used,so come on people use it a bit more.
Why is face book now being used as opposed to the reliable web site? I find it very frustrating when my wife has to tell me something that has been posted on face book but not on the web site, I never bother with mobile phones, if & when I can avoid them.
The funeral of Phil (Geordie) Butler will take place at Sunderland Crematorium, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR4 7RS at 1.30 pm on Friday the 20th of November 2015 all welcome
Sad to hear about the death of Phil. Sincere condolences to the family, RIP mate.
I was so sorry to hear the news about Geordie it seems only yesterday that I was his best man rip mate our thoughts are with the family
Rest in peace Gordie Butler thoughts are with you family
I is with great sadness that I have to report the death of our old pal Phill (Geordie) Butler he passed away this morning 11 11 2015 details of funeral to follow RIP
For Chris Black.
If you google History of 165 coy RASC you can find what they were doing in 1944, They apparently went in to clean up the enemy airfields but wether the actually landed on the beaches or not ?? Mind you , I suppose they were all part of operation overlord.
all the best to one and all.
Just read John's comments re Crispy Duck. I fully agree with his sentiments re the old 18 (Amph) colours, we must remember that Crispy is now located in the RASC/RCT Museum and NOT as most of us might wish, just dedicated to 18 (Amph)SQN/Coy. Let us be glad that a little bit of us is still with us for others to see and appreciate.
Pete Reader, what can I say, a great guy, we kept in touch with Pete & Angela for many many years mostly at Christmas with a few notes on the card of how the year had been, I did meet him a few times at summer Camps,when I was NRPS with the TA as he was a dedicated member of the Army Cadet Force who did a lot of hard work for them, two I remember were Crowborough and Lydd Ranges, old stamping grounds of 18 Coy some years ago. Pete will be forever in our thoughts.
After reading the article about Crispy DUKW being by the curator of the deepcut museum, I strongly object to the repainting of this vehicle in wartime colours, we are the 18 amphibious company, association and all the time I was stationed in Fremington from 1965 to 1969 these DUKWs were always painted battleship grey. We were the only unit with DUKWs so lets keep our individuality and leave the colour grey, paint out the RM on the sides and have the 18 amph div sign and blue & yellow 303 on it please. (rant over)
Hi I'm trying to find out which coy my grandfather was in on December Day landings Sword Beach. He was a DUKW driver. I have pictures of him and remember him telling me he was in a Beach Group.When he was moved from Inf to RASC he initially wore a badge with a panda on it. Any help would be appreciated
Sorry to hear the sad news of Peters death, lets hope he did not suffer, sincere condolences to Angela and his family.
So sorry to hear that Peter Reader has been posted to his last resting place . All 18 Amph Coy / SQN lads will be thinking of him and his family .
Sorry I have to publish very sad news of Peter Reader passing on 11 July. The information I read was from the Aden Association site. Peter of course was a member of the Aden Association and ours. He was a member of our committee from the formation of our Association. He travelled to all our reunions taking two days to get Barnstaple from Seaford in Sussex. As he once told me it s the age, which takes the toll on driving two hundred and seventy miles plus in one go. Rest In Peace fellow Amphibian. I have tried to contact Angela his wife but having no luck over the last few hours.
We have a veteran airborne soldier who was in 165 coy RASC-RCT. He has claimed he was at Normandy but there is no record of them landing at Normandy. I would sppreciate any one helping to confirm his story.it is important as he could qualify for thr french legion of honour award.
Hi Everyone. I have just been informed by the Secretary that the RASC RCT Corps weekend will be held on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July. I shall be taking names in January. Ray Sylvia Mike and Joyce will be attending. It would be nice to have a table of 12. This year it was full by the end of January. It will be first come, first serve.
What a fantastic weekend down in Farnborough and Aldershot for the Corps weekend. Ray and myself pitched up at 1600hrs along with our wives on Saturday. The bar was open so like true Amphibians we had a few. Dinner was at 1900hrs and free drinks prior to dinner. The food was first class and the disco played the music we old and bold like to listen or dance to. Bed at o clock and breakfast at 0730hrs. Ray and I were required at the Church of St Michael and St George Queens Avenue by 0915hrs to assist the Secretary Colonel Knowles. Ray did us very well considering this was his first duty as our Standard Bearer. He joined thirteen other Standard Bearers for the parade. I was so proud to receive our Standard in the Church. Just to give you the cost. Accommodation was sixty pounds and dinner breakfast and lunch was ten pounds per head. The Association picked up the tab for drinks and wine. Over all cost per couple was hundred pounds. Next year it would be nice to have a table of 12
From Mike Ross
Danny Chandlers farewell Six amphibians said a farewell to a fellow amphibian Daniel George Chandler at the Kingsdown Crematorium Swindon yesterday Rob Rowe conducted the service Mike Ross led the memories and tributes to Danny and Alan Cookman read soldiers prayer to close the service Gordon Flash Harris carried out the duties of Standard Bearer and did a great job Other members included Pete Osborne Don Turner and Bob Raistrick who all had travelled up from Barnstaple Both Kathleen Cookman and Joyce Ross attended the funeral May I take this opportunity to thank all on be half of Chandler family for travelling great distances and contributing to the service
Regarding Roy Winfield does anyone know what became of him, did he personally volunteer his medal to the collection in which case he would surely be contactable, he was one of the gang from the very early Sixties, Ossy
Regarding Roy Winfield, can I ask if anyone knows of his whereabouts nowadays, please, and how was his medal obtained was it from him personally. Ossy
Just heard from Maureen and Gordie Rain the sad news about the passing of Danny Chandler, have known him for the best part of my life we have kept in touch all these years be it only by Christmas Cards and few sentence's of what went during the year and of course the Reunions, a guy who will be sadly missed by all who new him, our sincere condolences go to dear Margaret and the family.
Information. The RASC RCT Medal collection update. A selected number of acquisitions received into the collection was that of LCpl Roy Winfield GSM for Malaya with his Queen s Commendation for Brave Conduct QCBC. This was awarded to Roy who had climbed on a burning DUKW on the deck of a LSL to release the handbrake so that the blazing vehicle, full of ammunition, could be pushed over the side of the vessel. His brave action in Borneo while on exercise in 1966 undoubtedly saved the ship.
With reference to the funeral of Danny Chandler. I would like to inform you on behalf of the family that his wake is being held at The Wiltshire Hotel Golf and Leisure Club. The location is Vertern Royal Wootton Bassett Swindon SN4 7PB. The Wiltshire is just 4 miles from junction 16 of the M4. Just 10 miles or so from the Kingsdown Crematorium Kingsdown Lane Swindon SN25 6SG. Further information can be obtained from me if required.
Sorry Lads. Service for Danny is 1415hrs
Funeral arrangements for Danny Chandler. Dans funeral will be held on Tuesday 30th June 2015 at the Kingsdown Crematorium Kingsdown Lane Swindon Wiltshire SN25 6SG. Dress for Amphibious personnel is Regimental ties with medals. Miniatures if you wish. For Corps members please ware Regimental ties and medals as appropriate. Information to follow with reference to the wake. Danny served as a National Serviceman from 1958 to 1960. He became a regular in 1960 and discharged in December 1982. He completed almost 25 years military service.
Hi Lads. Had a chat with Margaret today. There is news at the moment. Dan is still down in Cardiff and the results of the autopsy will not be known until late tomorrow. I shall keep you informed after the weekend.
Very sad news indeed, I had a lot of time for Danny, although I only knew him from the reunions, he was a top man. Rest in peace Dan and sincere condolences to Margret and family
Heard of Danny passing from Margaret at the weekend and was shocked and saddened. He was one of the best and will be sadly missed by all. Rest in peace mate. We have lost a dear friend, and our thoughts at this time are with Margaret and Family.
It was sad and a big shocker to hear the passing of Dan Chandler another comrade of the DUKW family . Dan rest in peace at your final posting
Like Cookie,I rang Margaret earlier this evening and though it was a bad time for her, it was plain that she was pleased I,d called, I knew Danny from the moment I was posted to 18 Coy, 55 years ago and only recently we were in regular contact on Skype whenever we could get a signal, sadly because of my travels the last time was a couple of months back, so it is with deep regret now I was unable too! Danny to me was always a gentleman, willing to help, and as Cookie has said a person I could trust and respect as a true friend, cheers Dan another pint I,ve got waiting for me when I join you all, Ossy!
This one hurt. Danny and I go back many years shooting together for Sqn, Regt nd the Corps at Bisley level. He was among the very few men that I would trust to watch my back when needed. Danny, God Bless you old son and rest in peace. I will be there at your final parade have no fear. I have spoken to Margaret and she is bearing up well at this distressing time
It is with great sadness that I have to inform my fellow Amphibians of the passing of Danny Chandler. Further information will be published and posted when known.
My father was with the RASC from 1939 to 1946 and having just recived his WWII record am trying to find out more. Can anyone possibly shed some more light on this. The records indicate he went to North Africa in June 1943, and we know he went on up through Italy (from Photos)Nola, Monte Cassino,Rome, Florence .He was with 81 BPT COY by this point.
I'd be grateful for any information and happy to discuss / meet.
Question, is our association being represented at deepcut, on 11-12 july. and who is going, thank you. geoff.
Happy birthday Geordie have a great time
all the best Pete
John I have contacted the web host to resolve this problem I hope our site will be back to normal soon Geordie
Why is it that I have a very difficult time trying to read the comments on the guestbook, the print is black on a black background. Geordie lad, have you altered something?
Hi Taff , been back from the service about an hour now . Lovely sunny day the service went so very , very good . Tony was carried in to the tune of I Walk The Line Johnny Cash during the service his brother did an emotional talk , followed by his son who made a very good talk , as he walked up he laid a Liverpool scarf on the coffin . At the end of the service I stepped out and stood to attention in my suit & medals and give my goodbye to him in thought and on behalf of 18 DUKW lads . Dennis Hart was there , we all went to the refreshments hall , and had a good talk with many lads and Jean Marc and all the family . Speak to you soon Flash
See Crispy DUKW. Many of you will remember during our visit to Instow Crispy was being restored from the metal. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
Thanks Geordie I read your solution.
Cracked it, it seems I was using punctuation marks so wouldn't send. Ossy.
Tried posting several times, for some reason it wouldnt let me add comment, hopefully it will now Ive changed location
Cheerio for now Tony old mucker, always a pleasure to be in your company, I,ll have an Orange to celebrate with you when next we meet old pal, in the meantime sleep well and condolences to all your family, Ossy.
Sad to here about Tony Hoyland a good man so genuine . Stand down Tony your dutys done . Thought go out to Jean and family
sorry to here the sad news about tony I played rugby and soccer with him a gentle giant and a great guy.bobmac
Hi Mike,i dont recall those names,but one of your lads i remember was Korrigan,he went on detachment to scotland and used the dukw to save some sailers who got in trouble ferrying back out to there ship.Out of the whole workshop at camp i can only remember a few names now,sorry
The funeral Tony Hoyland on 15th May 2015 at the Sedgemoor Crematorium. This lies just off the A38 between Highbridge and Bridgwater. The postal code is TA6 4SR. Perhaps the best way to approach it is to leave the M5 at junction 23 and head north on the A38.The Crematorium is on the left side just after you pass through the village of Pawlett, about a mile or so. The service is due to begin at 1515h.
We hope that those attending will be able to come to a small reception afterwards which will be held at the Avenue Tennis Club in Burnham on Sea. The address is The Grove, Burnham on Sea, TA8 2PA. Jean has asked for no flowers but we hope that all who are able to attend will come in good voice.
Funeral details for Tony Hoyland
15th May, 15:15 at Sedgemoor Crem, Stretcholt, Bridgwater, TA6 4SR
Thanx for the kind words on here about my dad, Tony Hoyland. No funeral details are known as yet.....
Sorry to hear the sad new about Tony, he will always be remembered for his cry at the rugby pitch, quote, get the man not the ball. Sincere condolences to Jean and the family. RIP Tony.
So sorry to hear the sad news of Tony's passing, our thoughts are with Jean and the family. R.I.P. Tony, your tour is done.
Another good soldier over the bar. R.I.P. TONY.
HI Ted Ayres. Would you know Alan Dolman or Bob Brealey who were both 18 AMPH Attached REME.
Sad news Lads. Tony Hoyland passed away this morning. Funeral detail when known will be placed on our site. Our thoughts at this time are for Jean his wife and the family. Rest in peace Tony your duty is done.
Hi lads.please forgive the intrusion on your web site .I was with the r.e.m.e.unit (18 coy amphib unit 58/60,and served and sailed with many of your lads on excersizes.I was a mechanic,and worked on the 6 cyl engines and that terrible remote tyre inflation system,i hated that job.I have tried to find my mates on computer, but have failed so far,but is wonerfull to read that you still sticking together well done lads ,keep it up,god bless you all, Ted.
Can any member of our branch (or anyone else for that matter) know where I can obtain an RASC/RCT side cap. I am willing to pay a reasonable price for anyone who has one for sale. All suggestions taken.
Please check the latest news page for info about 50th anniversary of formation of RCT Geordie
Message for Bill Ellis.
I am trying to contact Bill Ellis who was my neighbour in Pinewood Camp 1970/73'We were in 12 Sqn,before I transferred to HQ Sqn.I,'ve been informed by other friends he is on this site.If you are out there Bill and Van Ellis,please contact. his email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Sad to hear about Pete rest at ease Pete , condolences to all his family
Sad news about Peter.Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
So sad, Pete was a great bloke in Fremington always smiling and laughing, rest in peace Pete you will be sadly missed
Sincere condolences to peters family. Rest In Peace mate, a bar of lifeboy soap will never be the same.
So sad to read of another of our number who has passed on. Rest in Peace Peter. My condolences to Pete's family at this upsetting time.
I have just come home from a lengthy stay in hospital, with cadio-pnewmonia. and read about pete, it makes you realise how fragile life is. rest in peace pete and deepest condolances to petes family and friends.rocky.
Copy of email from Dave Munslow
Hi Lads & Ladies
I have just received the following sad news from Peter s brother
Im sorry to say that I have just received the sad news that Pete has died It was of a heart attack whilst still in hospital
Latest. Peter Walkington is still on oxygen to assist with his breathing and on antibiotics to clear the lung infection but Peter is awake and is able to talk. I and many others have sent best wishes to Peter via his brother Ken and daughter Susan. I shall up date the site when I receive information. Thanks to Dave Munslow and John Greenaway for your information to other Amphibians.
Mike, Just heard that Peter Walkington is very ill, can you check it out?
Hi every one. We have a new member. John Rayer has joined our Association. He was so impressed with our web site and encouragement from myself that he has sent his application. His membership number is 000399. Also some good news from 1965. I have made contact with Bill Snell. He was the detachment commander in Singapore and B Troop commander in Fremington. The President has informed me that he took over from Bill in Singapore and Fremington. I shall be speaking to Bill in a few days and I feel he will be joining our Association once his application has arrived.
Delighted to report that Colonel Ron Dadswell OBE has joined our Association. Membership number 000398. Colonel Ron served in 18 Sqn from may 1972 to disbandment. Many of you will have served with him. Just a few days a go John placed many of his photographs on our web site. Check out the left hand side of the home page. Stay well you DUKW Lads. I am recruiting and trying to make one hundred members by our next reunion.
Hi Every One. I have received information of the RASC and RCT Southern Get together. The event is being held in The Queens Hotel Bournemouth on Friday to Sunday 25 September to 27 September 2015. If any of our members would like information regarding this event please call or email me 2015. Stay well you DUKW Lads and keep warm. For Foxy. Location to follow but after 1964.
Where and when were Ron's Photo's taken?
Meanwhile, the hunt for Rob Brealey continues. I have another promising lead, will let you know how it pans out.
John the photographs from Ron Dadswell look very good. A few more to follow. Thanks. Stay well Lads our web is getting bigger every day.
CORPS WEEKEND 11 & 12 July 2015
The programme for the weekend is as follows.
Saturday 11 July 2015. Dinner. Dance at the Holiday Inn Farnborough GU14 6AZ. The cost is ten pounds per head. Make your own accommodation arrangements.
Sunday 12 July 2015. Church service at the St Michael and St George church Queens Avenue Aldershot GU11 2BY. All seated by 1050hrs. This is the first time that our Standard will be carried into the church on Corps Sunday. Our Standard Bearer Ray Hutchings is looking forward to his duties. Lunch is available back at the Holiday Inn Farnborough for a cost of five pounds per head. Cheques to me made payable to the RLC Association Trust Fund. I shall them forward all booking to the Corps Secretary and pass on your tickets to you. The telephone number for the Holiday Inn Farnborough is 087194529029. Book early as the rooms go very quickly for this weekend. Stay well Lads the sun has started to shine.
Looking for an old mate, Dennis Martin married to Jenny. We served together in 4 Gds Bde Munster.
Wer have a new member. 000329 membership number. Alan Dolman who was 116 Coy RASC Workshops REME. Alan served in Fremington Camp from 1958 to 1960. Stay well Lads. Our membership is growing. We are the biggest association in the RASC RCT 86 members. Our date for next years reunion is now confirmed. Because of security the dates will be sent or passed to you. Take care.
Please check the latest news page for details of a parade at the Cenotaph on Saturday 25 April 2015 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign.
We have a new member. Welcome Alex Blyth 000331. Alex has many members will recall has joined us for the Friday dinner and has stay on for the Saturday night also. Ewe now have 85 members. Stay well Lads and keep warm.
For the personnel who wish to attend. The Funeral details of Lt Col Rick Stocks MBE The Church service will take place on 17 February 2015 at 1230 hrs. The service will be held in The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin in Finedon, Northamptonshire NN9 5NR. Light refreshments will be served afterwards at the Bell Inn Finedon and is open to all who attend the service. It is just a few minutes walk from the church. This will run concurrently with the final part of the service that will take place at the Kettering Crematorium at 1415 hrs. The Crematorium service will be for close family only, who will then return to the Bell Inn.
Good morning on the very cold morning in january. We are now 84 members in our Association. Barry Blanchard has joined. Fingers crossed I shall catch up with all the Lads who have attended our Friday dinners over the passed years. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
Dear All thank you so much for all your support in attending my fathers service Norman Thomas on Friday 16th January it was a fitting and lovely service for Dad and myself and my sisters were extremly proud to see you all there. Dad would of loved it and i will never forget you all tapping your feet to Glen Miller 6 5000. Also thank you Mike Ross for your help in making the day special for Norman. Kindest Regards Chris Thomas
Friday 16 January was the cremation of our amphibious brother Norman Thomas. On behalf of our association I would like to thank Gordon Flash Harris Danny Chandler and his wife Margaret for travelling to the West Wiltshire Crematorium for Normans service. All went extremely well with the Lads forming up with members of the British Legion and some members of Norman s family while last post was sounded. Two minutes later reveille was sounded to complete the service for our family member. Rest in peace Norman. Thank you Lads. Stay well you DUKW Lads because it is getting very cold.
Hi Richard. Check out 2016 tab on the left. All info will be placed there. Hope to see you at Wagon Trial 16. Stay well down there.
Foxy from Tasmania Australia here. I am just around the corner from New Zealand and I typed in white Pages there to see if your mate Johnny Ough came up and the only one that did is as follows Ough J & Simpson J
156 Ahiaruhe Rd RD 2 Carterton 5792.
I didn't know him personally as I was an Older model at fremington 58-61.
Hope this helps you.
Mike. any info on the next re-Union?
Well I have recruited two new members to our association. Alan Ross son of Mike and Ken Maher. Both will be attending WagonTrial 16 next year. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
Has any one out there got the email address for L/CPL Johnny Ough he was National Sevice and was in ATroop in 1963 . He now lives in New Zealand .
Stand at ease Nornan your duties done now regroup with our other 18Coy/ RASC / RCT DUKW drivers who had their last posting 6442
Fond Cheerio for now Squeaky, till I join the ranks with you again, It,s been a pleasure and privilege passing through life with you for the past 54 years, get that pint ready for me Norman old pal!
Funeral arrangements for Norman. Cremation will take place at the West Wiltshire Crematorium, Devizes Road Semington, Trowbrige BA14 67HL at 1130hrs 16th January 2015. Gordon (Flash) Harris shall be attending on behalf of our Association. If you are able to attend along with Flash please contact him or I for further details. Please wear your Regiment Tie so that Chris Thomas Normans son can recognise you. If you recall Chris attended our 2010 reunion with Norman.
Farewell Norman, I imagine we will soon have a full Platoon over there.
Re united with Ann.
Stand easy norman your duty done r.i.p with your ann.
Thank you Chrisfor the information. I like many of the DUKW family served with Norman. I also served with him in 65 Sqn along with Jock Lambie. For your Um I also remembered her knocking up the tea and waddles in the Fremington Cafe. RIP Ann and Norman.
It is with great sadness that i must inform you that my father Sgt Norman Thomas Squeaky died on Monday 29th Dec 2014. We lost our mother Olive Ann Thomas on the 28th August 2014 and dad never got over losing his wife. Dad was a proud miltary man and loved his army career to the very end and often talked about his friends and the squadron when in Fremington and Singapore. Please feel free to contact me via email supplied if required! Kindest Regards Normans son Chris Thomas
A happy new year to you all. I hope all that went to the re-union had a great time, sorry I couldn't be there, but I will try my best to be at the next one, When and where is it Mike?
Thanks for the e-card Ossy, it made my day.
All the best fella's (and Ladies) for the new year.
Happy Christmas & A health New Year to X 116 & 18 Coy/Sqn Pers
Have a very merry Christmas one and all. I wish you health and happiness for 2015 the wealth can take care of itself
Check out my entry on the home page with reference to Corps and Association matters. Stay well you DUKW Lads and stay safe over the festive season.
Is anybody on this site a member of the Shrewsbury & Shropshire branch .. my father is listed as the contact person but has been ill since February 2014 and unable to attend any events/be of any use for the contact person for this branch. Please could somebody contact me at the above email.
Thank you so much.
Hi John.Thanks for shirts got today in the post
Sad news Peter Unwin died earlier this year, he served with 116 coy 1953-1955 RIP Pete
Tiny. Good to hear that you are now in a state of recovery and will look forward to seeing you and your good lady again in the near future, either at the next reunion or the next time I come through your area. Take care mate, all the best.
Glad all is well take it easy and hope to see you the next time we meet. I could not get to Jacks as my blood was 5.2 very thin had to go for more test on the 26th take careall the best Pete
I underwent my operation for Bladder Cancer yesterday morning (26th) and came through it well. The Surgeon decided to remove the whole growth in one go and not just take a bit for Bi.Op. It appears that the early findings show it to be none-malignant but we won't know fully for abouth three weeks. I am feeling tired but please with the way it has gone and would like to sent my warmest thanks for all of you who have sent their best wishes. It looks like I will be at the next reunion after all.
Friday 21 November 2014. We saw Jack Patrick Robert McKee off in good style. His children and grand children were there to say their farewell to him. Our family attending were Gordon Flash Harris Danny Chandler and Margret Alan Tiny Cookman and Kath myself who also carried our standard at the request of Fran Jacks partner. At the end of the service I was able to speak to Fran and she thanked the Association for our attendance. Also at the end of the service the vicar gave me the nod and we formed up in a line in the center of the church to say our farewell while the last post was sounded. That also made it special as many of the mourners acknowledged later. Stay well Lads and enjoy the festive season but keep warm.
For Ray Hutchings. The standard is at my location.
Jack McKee funeral. Further information is that all who wish to attend please wear your 18 AMPH tie. Names attending as of this entry is Alan Cookman Gordon Harris Danny Chandler and myself. We are all meeting at 1220hrs at the crematorium. Further information can be obtained from Mike Stay well Lads keep warm and dry.
Help needed please.
I often had long conversations with Jack McKee before he passed away. One of his greatest wishes was to be re-united with Brian Clayton, a great mucker os his. They were great pals and one was the others best man on their marriage.
I am going to Jacks Funeral on the 21st and it would be nice to be able to contact Brian and at least give him the sad news and funeral details. If any-one knows how to contact Brian, please let me know as I would like to put a closure on Jacks Life.
Our sincere condolences to Jacks family and friends, for this sad loss.
He looked well at our re-union, and the dedication of our Colours. This is indeed a shadow, on what was a great time in Barnstaple.
George and Trudi Webb
See above for Funeral arrangements For Jack McKee
What a shock. Please pass on my deepest condolences to Jack's family. We spoke most weeks on the phone and he had related the details of the last reunion to me on the Monday before he died. Jack, you were one of the good old boys of the reunion and I was proud to have served with you and to have known you. I will miss those chats on the phone and very much hope to there when you are laid to rest. I will make it some-how mate. Rest in Peace and put the good word around for the rest of us. God Bless.
I like all my friends am sad to hear of the passing of jack,sincere condolences to jacks family. sleep in peace jack, see you over the bar.
My sincere condolences to Jacks family on their sad loss, this came as a great shock to me when Taff phoned last night and gave us the sad news. Jack was a great character and I always enjoyed his company at the reunions.
RIP Jack lad.
so sorry to hear of the sad loss of our dear friend and colleague may he rest in peace and his memory stay with us forever
Cookie (Tiny) great to see you are in such high spirits, missed you both at the reunion it was a memorable one, I won't have a wager it's Odds on you,ll be attending the next one I'd rather buy you a pint/tot or two then! I wish you well and a speedy recovery old mucker, cheers for now, Ossy.
I'd like to pass on my condolences and regards to Jack's family, it doesn't seem possible only a few days back I was having a pint and chat at the bar, another stalwart lost, who loved attending our reunions and was proud to be our Standard Bearer, I'm grateful to have a photo in his presence with the Standard, that Taff only sent me a few days ago, RIP Jack and have one on the bar waiting for when we meet again old pal!
Eyes front. I have some sad news for all our members. Jack McKee passed away last Wednesday 29th October. Jack had embolism followed by a stroke. An embolism is a condition where the blood flow in an artery is blocked by a foreign body such as a blood clot or air bubble. Jack was rushed to hospital but a little later he suffered a stroke. As you all know Jack was our first standard bearer and may be he is on all our photographs for our dedication service. The family has asked for our standard to be paraded at the service. I have volunteered myself for this parade. I do not have any details of the funeral but once I know I shall publish all information. Rest in peace Jack your duty is done and we will all miss him.
Good morning All. Just received letters from Col Gilbert and Knowles thanking our Amphibious Association for a great weekend. I have the photographs to prove it. But sorry I am not allowed to publish photographs like these on our web site owning to the current security situation. I know you will all understand. Good news also. I shall be representing the Amphibious Association at the Cenotaph Ceremony this coming Remembrance Day. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet next year.
Hi Guys and Girls
As you are all aware my health has taken a turn for the worse over the past few months. However to quote another famous man.
Reports of my early demise are somewhat exaggerated I fear. I had already received a number of good wishes over last weekend but was so happy to open the mail on Tuesday morning and read all of your comments and good wishes for the future. It is gratifying to know so many of wish me well. At times like these, friends and clos family mean a lot. What a family I have got. A serious illness can be scary and the only fear you really have is the fear of the unknown. Believe me having others pulling for you is reassuring and helps so much.
I will know the news by 5.00 on Monday afternoon be it good or bad.
Once again, thank you for you good wishes. I am taking bets that I willl be at the neunion
Ossey. You know ne so well mate
Jan we must stop sending little messages between us.
The dates for next yearS reunion has changed because the Hotel is fully booked up to Christmas. How about the Wednesday 30TH SEPTEMBER and Thursday 1ST OCTOBER 2015. Before I start booking dates etc I would like a little feed back. Please email me with you comments etc.Stay well You DUKW Lads.
The dust is still. I played golf today and came first in the competition. The rest did me good. Would you all please send your photograph to me as I wish to start filling the dedication book with the best photographs. I hope you all arrived home safe. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in October 2015.
For Mathew Armstrong. Please contact me with your address as I have been given information by one of our most senior members regarding your Granddad.
Those travelling to Barnstaple for this weekends reunion, have a safe trip, those going on the Lundy Trip, enjoy, hopefully not a too choppy trip, see you all Thursday night, all the best Bill.
Hi Guys and Girls,
I just want to take this chance of wishing everyone a great week-end and pass my deepest regret at not being able to join you all for the reunion of the old Squadron and the boys night on Friday. My worsening bad health this year prevents me from travelling too far in case an cancellation comes up for the operating table. I promise that I will be there next time round, the good lord and health permitting. Have a great time and raise a few glasses for me.
HI im new on here and I know its a big ask but would anyone have any pictures or news paper cut outs or just anything they could email me about my granddad david peacock as the only thing I have been able to find on the internet about him is whats been put on your 2012 reunion.
Well this will be my last entry in the Guest Book. Just a quick reminder I still have two FREE tickets for the Lundy trip. These tickets cost £35 a time outside our Association. I shall arrive at the Barnstaple Hotel at around 1400hrs and I look forward in meeting up with you all who has arrived earlier. At the last count we are 42 for Lundy and 80 for the dinner on the Saturday night. Our numbers are down at the moment which is a little sad. If you have not booked for the dinner please do so quickly as it will help my admin. The Bowls on Friday is FREE which is located next door to the Hotel with prizes. The programme for the our reunion is located on the our website. For the Lads who remembers John Macro I have made contact with him. He was the 2IC to NIB Speller in the sixties. John is hoping to meet up with many of us during the Dedication service on Friday morning. Have a safe trip to Barnstaple. Stay well you DUKW Lads as we meet in eighteen time.
Well what a day. Ray Hutchings and myself attended the Beating Retreat at 17 Port and Martine Regiment RLC. A very good show by the RLC band and they made us most welcome. Made contact with the OC of 51 Sqn who is our Association link to the Regiment. Also we managed to k with the RSM and the SSM of 52 Sqn. Gentlemen we have a link and we have been invited to a day out with a glass or two in the mess after. Accommodation is no problem. I shall speak more on the subject at the AGM. Just three weeks today we will be on our way to Lundy Island. I still have two ticket free. For now. Stay well you DSUKW Lads we meet soon.
Well I have TWO free tickets going for the Lundy trip. Why. Some kind heart person has paid for his wife and himself but is unable to attend our reunion because of being call in for surgery. Therefore he would like to donate the tickets. If you are up for the Lundy trip call me with your names and I shall do the rest. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in four weeks time.
I was in Denmark over the weekend and happened to meet a chap who was on a bus tour from Fremington, he told me that they are now developing the old army camp, so I doubt if we will ever see it the same again. I think the woman that was holding up development over right of way must have given in, or something, maybe died I'm not sure. See you all soon lads, till then take care.
All the best John. Must be 34b days now.
Good day to you all. This morning I have been able to finalise the bookings for the 10 Pin Bowling Alley (Right next door to the Hotel in which we stay) I have been able to negotiate a very large discount on the costs of lane hire. I have booked two complete lanes next to each other from 1100am until 3.00pm on Friday 17th Oct at a cost of just £20.00 per hour per lane.
Don't sit about the hotel on Friday, come along to the Bowling Alley and have fun for a few hours. Who knows, you may even enjoy it and get the old bones loosened off in time for Saturday night. The only stipulation to the deal is that they (The Management), would prefer that we did not bring in our own food and drink.
Stay well and stay safe until October.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all well and hope you all have a happy and successful re-union next month wish I could be there also to my Mukkers Ossie and Ray Chimes unfortunately Ray Sayle is no longer with us but we had great times in Helensburg (of late 50s and early 60s also Taff Mike Geordie and all the guys that are too many to mention. You will all be in my thoughts at Barnstaple.
I shall drink your health on the day.
All the best. Foxy. From Tasmania.
For JM. Just bring raffle prizes with you to Barnstaple. If anyone has a raffle prize for the Saturday night just bring it along with you. It will be nice to see a few new faces like Alan Smith Rocky King and Derek Fisk for travelling a very long way from down under. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in 42b days.
Today I received my booking up date. WE have 83 for dinner on the Saturday night. As I have mentioned before rooms will be let out to the public on the tenth September. There are just 12 rooms left as from today. If you are requiring dinner only on the Saturday night you must pay when making the request. Our Lads and Ladies are travelling from down under Oz spain and all over the united Kingdom. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in six weeks.
Great Idea Mike, I think this is the way forward, it give everyone the chance to attend, without too much cost etc.
By the way I have two raffle prizes for the reunion in October would you like me to send them to you, or just bring them when I come to Barnstaple?
Kind regards John (Mick for the old age traveller) keep on peddling the lucky heather & pegs mate.
Well done Mike, its a great idea to centralise the Corps anniversary, making it easier and more accessible for all to attend, count me in, can we have the date as soon as possible please. I have a couple of raffle prizes for our reunion do you want me to send them to you or shall I just bring them with me to Barnstaple?
Kind regards John (Mick to the old age hippie)
Keep going with the lucky heather & pegs mate ha ha ha .
Hi Everyone. Next year it is the fiftieth anniversary of our Corps. To celebrate this miles stone the committee and I would like hold a reunion next year 2015. I have researched a location that is suitable and central to all. The Location is the Wiltshire Golf and Country Club. Why here. Well other Association Branches hold their reunions at this Hotel. The Hotel has given excellent service and is second to none for entertainment. To give you some idea distance. From Barnstaple to the Hotel is 128 miles. From Maidstone its 122 miles. The Hotel is located just off the M4 at Vastern Wootton Bassett SN4 7PH. If you did not want to stay at the Hotel you could stay at the Premier Inn on Great Western Way Wootton Bassett SN5 8UB. Would you give this reunion idea some thought in preparation for our AGM on the 17 October. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
I went to the combined ops display at Headcorn airfield on the 16th to see the two Lancaster bombers and was pleasantly surprised to find a DUKW on display, with all the other military vehicles, the chap that owned it came from Copdock near Gatwick and he'd driven it to the event. He was a very interesting chap and I spoke with him for quite some time about the DUKWs and our roll in them. It was good to see that it was all pretty much original, there was no signs of any grey on it or any old reg numbers on the plates, so I guess it must have
been with the yanks or possibly French army, it had taken the chap some time to restore it to its present condition. I was hoping I could have got him to bring it to our reunion but I guess it would be too much to ask really, still it was good to see one of the remaining few in such a nice condition.
Take care lads, see you all in October.
Kind regards John
It is almost September and many of the local Lads from Barnstaple area have not booked in for Dinner on the Saturday night. To assist my administration would you book in ASP as on the 10 September I have to release all the rooms which are not filled for our reunion. Other guests of course will fill these spare rooms.
If there are any proposals for the good and benefit for our Association would you forward the proposal to me in writing. Do not telephone me as proposals must be in writing. Lastly would all who are taking part in the Golf Competition on Saturday contact me with your honest handicap. The countdown has begun. Fifty days to our reunion. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet very soon.
HI guys just posting my new e mail address stay well see you soon, geoff(rocky) king.
The time is passing by so quickly these days. Well its all system go for Lundy. We have a total of 43 Lads and Lassies in total on our trip to Lundy on Thursday 16 October. We leave the Barnstaple Hotel at 0815 for 0830 hours in our coach provided by Fliers Coach Company. There is a bar on board ship for soft drinks and beer etc. At Lundy there is a cafe but I do not know how well it is stocked for lunch and drinks etc. If any of our Lads from our home location know of what is available at Lundy. Then please publish on our site. Delighted to inform you all that our admin is complete for this year s reunion. Next year will be the anniversary of our Corps. Fifty years on the 15 July 2015. To celebrate this anniversary I shall bring up a suggestion at the AGM for a reunion next year and also for 2016. If anyone has any suggestions with reference to reunions in general just email me so that committee can look and cost etc. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in 10 weeks.
Good morning all. On Saturday 4 October I shall be attending the fiftieth Annual Conference of the RASC and RCT. The Conference is being held at Deepcut and its an all day event with lunch. If anyone would like to come along as a visitor you may do so. Lunch will cost you a fiver £5. Names to me please ASP. A copy of the programme can be forwarded to you once I receive your details. My return must be at HQ by 1 September. May I remind you that the Royal Corps of Transport was formed in 1965 therefore it is fiftieth anniversary next year. More on that subject later.
I shall be closing the Lundy trip list as at 1 August. Any member wishing to attend please forward your cheque to me ASP. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
At last we are now connected. The driver has been charged under section 69 of the AA 1955. Mind your fingers. Stay well you DUKW Lads. We meet soon.
I went down to the war and peace show at Folkestone yesterday (Monday) and saw there was a DUKW for sale, I don't know how much it was but will try and check later today if I get a chance. I thought it may be an idea to try and persuade one of the owners of a DUKW to come down with it, to Barnstaple in October for the reunion. I did not have much of a chance yesterday to see how many there was at the event but I never got round to seeing it all, there was so much there, It is not open yet to the public, I was fortunate enough to have a friend with a one ton Dodge command car and trailer who booked me in on his pass. Looks like being a great show. If anyone is thinking of coming please let me know and I'll meet them.
Taff could this be revenge by a colonial gentlman being told he is serching the wrong website oh no friendly fire. stay well. rocky.
Message from Mike his internet is down for the rest of the week someone has demolished the green BT box cant have been A DUKW driver Geordie
Two new members to our Association. They are Bill Lewis L14465 and David Jeremy L14469. We are now 82 strong. Also I have added David Jeremy name to our Lundy trip and dinner night. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
As its Armed Forces Day I went out to meet a few people who were taking part in the Breasted Parade. Yes I found an Ex Corps man. Born 1925 Regimental number T/ 14898518 Dvr Des Page RASC. He was not wearing his veteran s badge. When I ask if he had applied for one he said no. So I said Des you will have as I will apply for one for you once I have obtained your particulars. I have done my duty for the day. Stay well Lads
Our numbers for the Lundy trip has reached 45. Thanks Ossy for your booking. Could I ask all Lads who have not paid for the trip to do so ASP. On the first of August I will have to send my return to the Shipping Company for allocation of space for the day s trip. Payment is required along with my nominal roll. Stay well Lads we meet soon.
Just made contact with Billy Lewis via Bill Pryor. Thanks for the connection Bill.Stay well Lads we meet soon.
For Mike Condon.
Mike I think that would be interesting, I have just returned from Normandy and the 70th anniversary of D Day. Fantastic!
Just a reminder. Corps weekend starts on Saturday 5 July at 1100 hours. I have not received a programme as yet but if you are attending the Saturday bash I will see you there. The Church service will be held on Sunday 13 July. Again if you are attending I shall see you there. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet very soon.
Colonel Jake, I have checked the Officers Hand Book and he is not listed. This website is mainly Royal Army Service Corps and Royal Corps of Transport Amphibious personnel. What Regiment or Corps was Major Prewer.
I served with Major Edward Ted Prewer at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe from 1995 1997 I would like to reconnect with Ted if possible
If you can assist I would be most grateful
John C Jake Poole, Lieutenant Colonel United States Army Retired.
Hello from Sydney Australia
I came across your webpage by lucky accident after finding some DUKW photoes online. My father John Joseph Condon was an RASC DUKW driver landing on D-Day and it would be good to hear if any one remembers serving with him or his good friend Hedley Morby or if any veterans have any photos. The family migrated to Auckland New Zealnd in 1964 where Dad lived until his death in 2007 RIP. He had written an account of his RASC service which I can scan and send to you if you would like.
Mike Condon (59)
Happy birthday,hope to see you in October
Hi Everyone. Just received my return from the Barnstaple Hotel and I am delighted to report that we are 82 for dinner on the Saturday. We still have the best part of four months to our reunion. Our Lundy trip has not changed at the moment. We are still at forty for the trip.
On the Saturday night the Committee and I want to speed up the raffle time because of our entertainment. Therefore on the table there will be an envelope containing six strips of tickets for five pounds for each person on the table. Of course some people will only want six strips per couple. Each table can nominate a person to act as OIC table for collection of monies. I shall of course have the fifty pounds competition so may I ask you all to ensure you have a pound coin for the competition.
On the dinner night there will only be one reserved table for our President Myself and our guests. I shall arrange for tables of eight and possible ten to accommodate our groups. With just 133 days to the fifteent
happy birthday Geordie not to many Newcastle Amber Ales. See you in Oct all the best Pete
Congratulations to Reuben Reynolds one of our oldest members firstly for his recent 88th birthday and also for the publication of his autobiography Born in a Barn or my Education this is available at AMAZON well done Reuben. Geordie.
Thank you Terry. Excellent Dolphin and Sword. Just what the doctor ordered. Also thank you Lester John. Your names are on my list. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
HELP. OUR CYPHER. I am looking for the Dolphin and Sword Cypher without the blue background. I have a few raffle prizes that will need our Cypher on for the reunion. Can you dig deep on this one as I have a man who can fix. Email me please. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in five months.
Message from Pete Walkington Hi geordie Could you please post a question on the 18 Sqn site for me as I cant get that comment thing to work I dont know if its me or your wonderfull Puzzle thing that are at fault probabley me again Anyway the question is I remember flying in a RAF Comet and cannot for the life of me remember where from or to It must have been with 18 coy sqn but was it Singapore or Cyprus or even Malta Hopefully one of the lads can remember Unfortunately i will not be attending the reunion due to a couple of Problems but I hope everybody has a great time Peter
Hi Every One. Just a quick update. We now have 44 booked for the Lundy Trip with 6 to pay. Also we have 73 booked into the Hotel with six months before we meet. If you book after reading this entry please send me an email text or contact me via face time. I have been in touch with a few of the Lads via face time which I have very helpful. I shall publish an update at the end of June. In the mean time stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Hi Every One. Yes like rocky I remember Terry Coleman. I think he was A Troop. Anyway when booking the Hotel room make sure you say it is for the reunion in October. All rooms are provisional booked under my name. There are new receptionists at the Hotel so they are not in the know. They have not read Part One Orders. I still have a few Regimental ties available if you require one. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Hi pete yes i think you are quite right you jogged my old brain and i remember i used to get a pillion lift back to camp from terry sometimes i now remember it well hope you and all other dukw men are well and stay well see you all soon rocky king.
Hi Mick, the only one I can recall is years before the dates you mention, but I cant recall when he actually left Fremington, whatever he was called Terry Coleman! and he used to ride a Lambretta/Vespa? motorscooter, I actually still have to this day in my van, a pencil portrait drawing he done of me whilst we were travelling on the train to go on leave. I,m hoping it could be him you are enquiring about, I,m certain many like Taff and Don etc remember him from the very early Sixties,regards old mucker and to all, great having a chat on SKYPE Geordie the other day! Ossy.
Can anyone remember the chap that used to do a lot of drawing during the 65-69 period, when he was on guard duty always used to be drawing, a very talented chap, I believe he came from the Liverpool area? I just cannot remember his name but I'm sure someone on here will remember.
Thanks Jack McKee, Norman Coulson and Henry Kubinski for your cheques. You all have seats allocated on the Coach for the Lundy trip. The sun is shining in Kent and its climbing to 20c. Shirt sleeve order was introduced today on Regimental Orders. So I was informed by a serving family member. But we all know it will be cold by Saturday and raining. Stay well You DUKW Lads. We meet soon.
Many thanks to Alan Smith for your cheque in respect of your Lundy Trip. Your seat on the coach is reserved. Stay well your DUKW Lads we meet soon. One hour less after tonight.
With just over six and half months before we meet I am delighted to report that we now have 30 booked and paid for our Lundy trip. Our admin is progressing well with very little to complete before we meet. So with the weather breaking after this long wet winter fingers crossed we can all enjoy some shine. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
Corps Weekend. 12 & 13 July 2014. The programme is as follows. Saturday 12 July. 1400 to 1600hrs band concert at the Princes Hall Aldershot. 1900 to 2300hrs Dinner and Dance at the Holiday Inn Farnborough.
Sunday 13 July 2014. 1050 hrs. All to be seated in the Church of St Michael & St George Queen s Avenue Aldershot. At 1100hrs the Church Service. At 1150hrs Form up and lay wreath at the RASC & RCT War Memorial. Lunch at 1230hrs at the Holiday Inn Farnborough.
Tickets for the band concert see page 14 of the Winter Waggoner for purchase.
Dinner and Dance is open to all members of the Association and their guests. There is a limit to the numbers of people who can attend. So early bids for places are recommended and attendance will be on a first come first served basis.
If you are attending any of the above would you please let me know. I shall myself be attending the Church service in Aldershot. I doubt if our Association standard will be ready therefore we can not show it of
Thank you Don for your cheque. All cheques I received this past week or so shall be presented at the bank tomorrow. Thursday 13 March. At the moment there are 29 seats booked on the coach for the Lundy trip. Most of the admin is almost complete with the dedication service and other events. The good news also is that we will have drums for the Drumhead service. There will also be a service booklet for the Dedication and a very special book printed for this memorable occasion. For all who are attending this reunion shall be invited to sign the book. Today I have arranged for the President of the association Major General G E C Carrington CB CBE to sign the book prior to our reunion. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in 30 weeks time.
At last we are now eight strong in our association. Evan Scouse Lewis L14464 is the eightieth member. In just 17 months we have achieved eghty members. He informed me today that he and Celia would be attending the reunion. I am waiting confirmation on the Lundy trip. The coach seats are going extremely quick another two seats were booked today. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Thanks to Andy Proctor. Flash Harris. Mick Everett. George Webb and Bob Raistrick your cheques will be presented at the bank on Wednesday. Already 22 seats have been paid for on the coach and the trip to Lundy. Remember once the coach is full you will have to make your own way to Ilfracombe. Your trip to Lundy by ship will be the same price. Twenty pounds £20 per head. The time is passing quickly with just seven months before we meet. Stay well Lads the planning is almost complete.
Timings for Lundy trip. The coach will leave at 0830hrs on the morning of the 16th October. All other timings will remain as for the 2014 reunion programme. The cheques for the Lundy trip are arriving on a daily base. I shall try to do the banking twice a week so your cheques are presented early. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in October.
Well the good news is I have received an additional grant for our reunion. This means we now can cover the cost of a 53 seater coach from the Hotel to Ilfracombe and return. We have 41 names on the list for Lundy and many have paid already. This of course we now only have 12 seats available so it s first come first serve for a seat on the coach. You can of course still come along to Lundy even if you miss out on a seat. Times will be published later once I have spoken to the shipping line and Coach Company. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
for Pete Walkinton Happy Birthday,Not two many Dortmuned Pils.All the Best Pete
For Rocky King and Mac McNamara thank you for your Lundy cheques. I have received today information on the RASC RCT Southern Get Together which will be held in the Queens Hotel Bournemouth on 26 to 28 September 2014. Anyone interested in attending this Southern Corps weekend should contact me for further detail. Stay well Lads we meet in October.
back on line now after my comp had a 75£ overhaul. Hope to see you all in Oct
Well we are now 72 booked in for accommodation and dinner on Saturday night. Lundy is now 42. These numbers are most pleasing to the committee and myself. Stay well Lads we meet in October.
Reference Johns entry. Bruce Watt has joined our association. That 79 members who I am sure will be active at the Land and Sea reunion in October. What a family we have. Stay well Lads we meet soon.
Thank you Ozzy Alan and Dave. Your cheques have arrived and will be presented in the bank tomorrow. Stay well Lads we meet soon.
I have just been in contact with Bruce (Jock) Watt at last he found us by our website he is keeping well and hopes to see us at this years reunion Geordie
For Len Tucker. Thank you for the information. You both have been added to the Saturday list for dinner. Stay well and be safe.
Mike Got it wrong again email@example.com
Thank you Peter. You should have received a test email from me. Stay well.
Mike wrong Email Correct one p_reedersky.com sorry Mike Pete
Well the first two cheques for the Lundy trip arrive yesterday. Friday. I have received many telephone calls to say the Lundy trip was a good Idea to start our reunion. Stay well you DUKW Lads and keep dr. We have all experience being wet during our service.
Check out 2014 Reunion for the proposed programme and Lundy list. Click the tab 2014 Reunion for this information. Most of the planning is in place as of today. However there are a few loose ends to correct and display within the programme. This information will be added to 2014 Reunion page once completed. Stay well Lads our DUKW are still running.
just a quick line hoping that you and your families are all OK during this terrible weather. I see they have at last got troops in and I did see one DUk
Hi to you all and hope you and your families are surviving this terrible weather. I have seen one Yellow DUKW on TV but I am sure they will need more than that to assist. WHERE ARE THEY? Hope none of you are in difficulties.
For Ozzy. I have received permission for you to park your camper at the Hotel for the reunion. The same spot as in 2012. I have given your name to the reception for this privilege. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in October.
Well John and I have managed to get the proposed programme up so you can all see what is happening each day of our reunion. I think we all need a little energy for the four days activities. There are no BTFs. APFAs. Milling or Battle runs so we should all get through the four days. The Lundy list is up and there are some amendments updates to be carried out which will be on a weekly basis. After all we are getting together as we did in the sixties and seventies to enjoy ourselves as retire service men in the town we all loved in our younger days. After all we are a great family and will always be a family of DUKW men. If you have any questions regarding the programme or any of the events. Call me or send a quick email. Stay well you DUKW Lad we meet soon.
They are using the London DUKW for the floods. Hope it won t sink. LOL. Stay well Lads. We are next to be called.
We now have 67 for dinner and 40 for Lundy. John is publishing the names so please check out your details. Any corrections email me. For Ozzy. I shall speak reference your parking place. Stay well Lads and keep dry.
The outline programme for the Land and Sea Reunion in October will be published in a week or so. I shall inform you of the individual cost of the trip to Lundy Island and the timings for each event. You will only have a cost for the Lundy trip and the golf comp. If I have your email address I you will receive it at the time of publication.
I was not able to receive the grant I requested for the Reunion but a substantial figure has been suggested by the Association Secretary. Which of course I will be delighted to receive. We now have 60 booked in for dinner on the Saturday night and 40 names down for the Lundy trip. For now. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
hi mike now booked into the hotel and a firm yes to the Lundy trip for the wife and I.
Thank you Alan. Received your cheque this morning. Your tie is on it s way. Stay well you DUKW Lads. We meet soon.
Hi Taff lad. Sorry but will not be able to make the Lundy trip due to SWMBO having to work, so will be booking into the hotel on Friday. Many thanks for all your stirling work on this project but I suppose we have to thank Joyce really, ha ha ha.
John. (Mick) for the old Hippy.
thanking you in anticipation
All the Lads who have sent me cheques over the past two weeks will want to know that I will present them in the bank tomorrow. Third of February. You should have all received your ties with the exception of john Routledge. The numbers for our reunion is growing. We now have 59 booked in for dinner on the Saturday which includes none residents and 41 booked for Lundy trip. Would Jimmy Richie, Alex Blyth and John Michael confirm they wish to go. An email will do. Stay well you DUKW Lads. We meet in just over nine months.
Colin. I totaly agree with you mate, look at my earlier post 06 /01 / 14 but I cannot understand the ref to Ian Bamber and I do not think that they are used on the beaches anymore. After seeing the state of the undersides of the DUKWs that were being rebuilt at Instow, I doubt that there would be any safe enough to pass the health and safety checks now. Nice to see you back on the site Colin.
Regards John (Mick) for the old hippy
Nice words Colin. The Squadron should be re established to assist all local communities at a time like this. More rain to follow. More floods to follow. On a different subject the Regimental ties for Alan Smith and Dave Walker will be posted tomorrow 29 January. Stay well you DUKW Lads you may be needed soon.
Does anyone agree with me, in view of recent weather in this country, that the DUKWs should be put be back into action again instead of being for leisure rides on various beaches within the country. I am married to a devon Lass and she remembers the Lynton and Lynmouth floods and how thankful they were for them. Perhaps some approach to Ian Bamber at the Re-union, might ruffle a few feathers.
The ties for Ray Hutchings. Rocky King and Jack McKee are in the post. Should be with you on or about Wednesday in the regulation envelop OHMS brown in colour. We have all received one sometime during our military service. I have just received my return from the Hotel. Our numbers for accommodation is 33 therefore just 27 rooms left. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
All telephones are working. Stay well Lads we meet soon.
Gentlemen. The new Regimental ties have arrived. Send your cheques for £11 pounds made payable to the RASC RCT Nat AMPH Ass Branch. My home telephone is inoperative at the moment but my mob is OK and my email system is OK. Stay well you DUKW Lads meet in October.
Thank you Ray for your cheque with regard to your new tie. Stay well Lads. We meet soon.
to complete my message, read on, which even millionaires are entitled to, and allows me to spread the cost and pay my share at the bar with my old muckers. I,m happy though to go along with any decision made by a majority vote. one last thing also I wish to say Thanks to Taff and Geordie for all ,the effort they put into the organisation and running of our get togethers, wonderful moments in my life, Happy Days to you all,Ossy, The old age traveller, still roaming.
I know how lucky I am along with many others of 18 Amph to live near where we hold our reunions, but I have to say personally, I just cant envisage them being held anywhere else other than North Devon, and as George says the attendances speak for themselves. Mick(John)has a valid point it,s not cheap but I cant see any alternative, which would encourage as many to attend elsewhere. Barnstaple and Fremington have always been the venues for our reunions because of our strong links with the area, and I feel that is one of the reasons most love to come back for, to pay possibly a last visit ever, considering all our ages and those that have gone before us. I say this as a person who,se only income is from my old age pension plus a small amount from other sources, I don't receive any forces pension at all, I know my lifestyle helps a little in these matters, but I assure nothing in life is cheap any more,and I look forward each year for my Beer money, The Winter Fuel allowance, which even m
With reference to my last entry. It should have Regiment TIES. Other news today is that we have 51 to dinner on Saturday 18 October and we have 31 for the Lundy trip. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Anyone who remembers Joe Bartley ex REME signwriter well I had a pint with him in the New Inn the other day.He's 87 now but still seems quite well.He has been caring for his wife for the last 7 years but she is now so bad her family have moved her to South Devon and put Joe Temporalary in the old folks home.Hopefully he will join her in a few months time.Anyway he sends his regards to everyone and wishes you all a happy and healthy new year.
Thanks to Johns valid suggestion, I think it is confirmed that the present formula is about as good as it can get. The turnout numbers speak for themselves. If people are not enjoying the experience, they would not be coming in these numbers. Its no bad thing to have new suggestions and ideas, some may well be taken up.
For John Michael.
John old son. Something got lost in the translation of my last comments. I have already said that I fully understand the comments you made and you right to voice them in the Guestbook. Yes, it is our Forum and we have the right to use it for all matters amphibious. However, if you believe that you must also agree that we have a right of reply and to comment on them. My only intention was to provide an alternative to those us us who think the cost of our reunion Hotel Accommodation is a bit steep. It was not meaant to highlight those who found it difficult to maintain. I certainly feel that any decision to change things should be left to a vote. What better time that at the annual AGM in October.
I suggest at this point we agree to disagree and share a Canadian Club in October. Yes, I do have more than one pension but in no way consider them Lucrative mate.
In the well used American saying, If it ain't broke, - Don't mend it.
For evry one else. We
Great news. We now have 29 rooms booked for our reunion. There are only 60 rooms in the Hotel so get on your telephones and book. You do not want the broom cupboard at the top of the stairs. Lundy numbers are increasing every day. Email or call me if you want your name added to the list. John has a daily function at the moment updating the names and numbers of the attendance of Land and Sea. Our Regimental should be with me soon so for the Lads who have ordered a new one please send me £11 eleven pounds. Make your cheques payable to RASC RCT NAT AMPH ASS BRCH. Stay well Lads we meet in nine months time.
Tiny mate. This was a suggestion only and I certainly am not knocking Mikes sterling efforts that he puts in to make the reunion a success, I know what its like, as I organise an open day weekend for the BSAOC and it takes me most of the year doing it. Ease and comfort can be had at other hotels also at a more reasonable cost but my main thing was to perhaps move the location to make it easier and cheaper for those not fortunate enough to have a great income, I know that some are well off and have one or two lucrative pensions coming in, but spare a thought for those who have not. Another thing, I thought that this was a forum and a forum is somewhere where you can have your say, I stand corrected about the dinner cost. I am sorry if I have upset anyone over this matter but at least I say it as I feel and do not say thing behind peoples backs.
Kind regards John(Mick) for the old age hippy
Thank you Alan. I have now binned my reply. October the seventeenth is the AGM at around 1600hrs. Everyone can speak in turn. In the mean time I shall carry on writing letters costing and organising our next reunion. Stay well Lads we meet in October.
This is the end of Tinys last comment in our guestbook.I am not even sure that it would be any cheaper when you take in the breakfast, Dinner and travel costs. No, I think all of us who stay at the Barnstaple do so for ease and comfort. However, not to take anything away from what you have said, we all have a vote at the Committee meeting in October. Put your suggestion up to be voted on then we can all have our say through a vote.
I suspect that should it be passed, members may be asked to take on the reunion planning and that it entails from that point. Lastly John, the £25.00 for the Dinner is only charged to those who attend and are not guests in the hotel. The cost of the dinner for guests is already covered in the daily costs.
Hope that clears up a few things for you.
Stay well you DUKW lads. See you all in October
For John Michael.
John, I read your comments re the venue for any future reunion locations with interest mate.
Whilst I fully understand what you say, I do not agree with them. Firstly we must thank Taff for his steadfast work each and every year, in organising each function. The Hotel is a well tried and tested hotel and never ceases to accommodate our every wish. I think that you will find it very difficult to find another that can accommodate the numbers each time and maintain the costs relatively low
year after year. Prices have only risen by £10.00 in three reunions. Not bad in this day and financial restraint. I believe that most of us book with the Barnstaple Hotel to be together in retirement as we were in service. It has never been the case that a pre-requirement of attending meant staying at that hotel. Any of us are quite at liberty to stay at the nearest Travelodge and make our own way to the Hotel for the various events taking place. I am not even sure
Hi Taff. Do you think that now we won't be able to have trips in the DUKWs also that the old Fremington camp will be closed to us that you should revue the situation of where the reunion should take place in future? I believe that the Barstaple hotel is quite expensive at £460 for four nights also the cost of the dinner £25 on top of this. A lot of the lads are in the area I know but there are better deals with hotels in other seaside resorts in the middle of the country, where it may be easier for the Northern lads to get to and cheaper, I know that a lot of hotels at some of these resorts can be as little as £40 per night full board. I have booked up for this one but realise I could have had a holiday abroad for the same cost. I therefore hope you will consider holding the reunion elswhere when you have the next amph association meeting. Kind regards John.
Good day all. I would like to remind everyone who is attending the dinner night on the 19 October that the cost is the same as the last reunion in 2012. It is £25 per head. But I would like if you all book by 30 September which would help the catering and also the numbers game. Thirty Lads and ladies have now booked already which is very pleasing and it looks although this reunion will be well attended. The Lundy trip. Would everyone who is attending the Lundy trip please email me if you wish to attend. Once again its the numbers game. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon
A message just to say that norman coulson and
henry kubinski will be at the reunion in October
Bordon and Taunton Ex Boys Dinner. Gentlemen. the dinner for the Ex Boys will be held on Friday 17th October at the Barnstaple Hotel. As you are aware, Mike has kindly allowed us to HiJack the Friday of this years Land and Sea reunion for our dinner. It would be of great assistance if you could let me know if you intend to have dinner on that evening in order to get the numbers right on the night. We have, so far, some 19 ex boys and wives attending the dinner. Mike has also extended the invitation to all those who where not 18 116.or 18 Coy/Sqn to stay on for the Saturday and join us in our main Saturday evening function. As this reunion is expected to be larger that normal it essential that you book early if you intend to stay for one or two night. For Rocky King - Your request is taken on board mate.
Well, with all the floods they have around the country I would think that the governmment could do with fleet of DUKWs and well trained bods to run them, I look at all the news items and the situation seems to have worsend over the past few years, maybe if the developers stopped building on flood plains things might improve. I feel really sorry for anyone caught up in this lot. I hope the old age traveller has kept his feet dry, Ossie boy you may have to diversify from making pegs and willow flowers to life rings and sloe gin.ha ha ha
Kind regards, John (Mick to Ossie)
Hi tiny hope you are well just to ask if i could reserve a single place for the ex boys dinner most grateful rocky (geoff) king
As at this morning Sunday 5 January 22 have booked for the reunion. All the rooms at the Hotel are booked for our reunion from Wednesday 15 October through to Sunday 19 October. Book early to avoid the rush in October. Regimental ties are selling well with only 17 left. Any problems contact me. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Clearer information. The reunion dates are from Thursday 16 October to Sunday 19 October. It is recommended that you book accommodation from the Wednesday fifteenth October if you intend to visit to Lundy Island on the Thursday as this visit will be an early start. Timings and cost later. You will require your sea legs for this visit. Activities for Friday will be the dedication to our standard followed by a bowling competition for our Ladies and Lads. There are prizes for this competition. Timings and cost if any later. Our AGM will be held later in the afternoon. The golf competition will be held on the Saturday morning. We have entertainment during our dinner on the Saturday evening with a supporting disco. It is recommended that R and R is taken on the Saturday afternoon prior to the dinner. If you have any problems what so ever call me. Our ties are selling well. Six sold within 24 hours. Place your order ASP as this could be the last stock I shall hold. Stay well you
The telephone number in Mikes last note should read 01271376221 Geordie
Well its the New Year. Good news is that you may now book for our next reunion LAND AND SEA. The reception office at the Barnstaple Hotel is ready for your booking. 01272376221. Further information is that I have ordered new ties in preparation for our reunion. They should be with me by the second week of February. Cost with P and P £11 UK. If you require a new tie send me your cheque made payable to RASC. RCT. Amphibious Association. Further information will be placed in the web site under REUNION 2014. Watch that space. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet again this year.
Shwmae pawb! [Hello Everyone]
Blywddyn newydd dda! [Happy New Year]
Susan and I would like to wish one and all all the very best for the coming yaer. Hope to see you all in October. Terry
Good luck to our DUKW family for the new year, it can only get better for me and John this year seeing we both lost our better half's, in 2013, my Lyn in Aug. Thanks for your wishes Ossy. I hope to make it from Australia in October for a pint and meet up again with all my pals from those days at Fremington 1958-60, also those guys I met at the 2010 re-union, your a great bunch.
I would like to wish all a very happy and healthy New Year.Many thanks to to thank Mike(Taff) Ross John Michaeland Ossy for the wishes on my 80th birthday.It was a lovely surprise to see John Michael walk into the party.Keep well all you DUKW members and hope to see you all in October 2014.
May I take this opportunity to wish our amphibious family all over the world a very happy and healthy New Year. See you in October for Land and Sea.
My wife Barbara and I would like to wish you all a Happy and Prosporous New Year and looking forward to seeing you all at the next re-union. Have a good One.
hi 1 and wish u all all the best
Best wishes to all 18 company and 116 men and their wives and families for Christmas, and good luck and good health especially, in the New Year. George and Trudi Webb......Ripon.
Gillian & myself would like to wish all a very happy Christmas and best of luck for the coming year, just recovering from a hernia op so am a bit sore at the moment. Thanks Ossie the old age traveller for my Christmas e-card,sorry I could not see you before mate.
Hope to see you all at the 2014 reunion.
Kind regards John & Gillian.
taff all committee members and all association members i wish you all and your family a very merry christmas and a happy and joyful newyear regards rocky and jan king .
Merry Christmas to all,hope to see you all Oct 2014
Merry Christmas everyone, safe journeys, and a great 2014.Regards from Ossy camping as usual, behind a favourite watering hole, for the festive season, well into the New Year!Cheers to you all.
Hello one and all. We are now back at home and I am able to get going again. Our Christmas cards will be late this year because of our extended holiday and relaxed administration. We have two new members to our association. William Bill Watkins L14461 and Norman Wicky Wickenden L14462. Gentlemen your membership cards will be with you shortly. May I remind you all about the change of addresses and other admin issues. I shall be sending out a new Staff list in the New Year so please email me if you would like a copy. As the days go by we will be into 2014 in a few weeks so I shall also be sending out information regarding our reunion LAND AND SEA next October. May I take this opportunity to wish our amphibious family a very merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous new year.
thanks to all the messages for Phyllis.I will not be sending cards this year just wish you all merry xmas and a good new year John
For Lynne Copping. I was on board LCT 4041 as a seaman BIV for a period of time, working out of Portsmouth and Cairnryan for the Hebrides - St. Kilda. If I can help with material for the book on LCT's please contact.
Happy 80th Birthday Bob Rand, you certainly dont look it, I wish you all the best mate. Have a great day and don't drink too much of that export, it makes you fall over.:-)
Christopher Armstrong is writing a book on the Mark VIII LCT and would be very interested in using some photos from this site, the original of the Vaughan Ashby shot VA/2 of Abbeville at the Bristol Water Festival with bow doors open and DUKW aboard. It looks like a professional photograph and has good attached detail which is rare, also the Geoff Baker shot GB/25 of a DUKW approaching L4086, and showing L4085 plus a third LCT. I suspect the shot was taken on the trot between Pulau Brani and Blakang Mati. My father was a navigator on the LCT's and I lived on Pulau Brani from 58-60 and 63-66.
Mick my old pal,can I first wish Bob Happy Birthday, I,d have given anything to be there, it was just impossible to be in three or four places at once for me, I really tried to work things out, however I,m so glad you had a good time, and I,ll certainly have a drink with Bob and his son Mike in the future, when distance won,t be a problem.Hope you and Gillian are well,possible I,ll be up your way next year, so I,ll be calling in, and we,ll go round the Plough for a meal, as well as a drink.Best wishes for now, Ossy. (parked up with friends Weston-Super- Mare)
Weent to Bob Rands suprise birthday party on Saturday night, it was good to see him and he was really enjoying it, on the dance floor bugying around like a spring chicken, he was very suprised to see me turn up and greeted me just as one would expect, like a long lost friend, I was introduced to his family and they were terrific and theey did a sterling job of decorating the club room with some really old (embarassing) pictures but all good fun, it was a shame that a few more of the ex squadies did not make it, I had already reserved a place for my old mate the old age traveller and got him a new stock of pegs and hand made willow flowers plus the lucky heather, ha, ha but it was a really great night. I used to use that club when I lived in Ashford, some thirty odd years ago, along with other clubs in the town and although the entrance to the club has changed, it still seemed the same with a good atmosphere.
Bobs actual birthday is on Wedneday the 11th so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bo
Gentlemen. I have just visited to Post Office to send the first batch of 25 Xmas Cards. I was shocked to be asked for £19.26p to cover the postage for them. That, coupled with the fact that it is getting even more difficult to obtain Christmas Cards with a Nativity scene displayed on them, leads me to reach a decision to give a large gift to the Help is for Hero's fund this year in place of the cards not yet sent. No wonder they sold the Post Office. Rest assured that Kate anad I wish every one the very best of good things for the festive season and we will be raising a glass or two to you all. Happy Christmas and stay well. Finally I want to thank all of you who sent me messages of health following my heart attack. All is almost back to normal and I hope to resume driving after I see the Cardiac Consultant on the 11th of the month.
Hi Foxy, so sorry to hear you lost your good lady, it does seem a sad period of late, please accept my condolences and I wish you well for the future old pal, I,m certainly looking forward to having a pint and a chat with you again, if you can make it. Regards and best wishes to you and your family, Ossy.(Still Roaming)
All's quiet on the Northern front. It seems a sad time for a few of us and I send my condolences to John and his family on his Wife's passing, I know how you feel John as I myself lost my Wife of 46yrs. Lyn in August, Chin up mate, I hope I can make it in Oct. to have a beer with you all.
The funeral of johns wife Phylis will be on Friday the 29th November at
The funeral of johns wife Phylis will be on Friday the 29th November at 1.40pm at the crematorium .Family flowers only, a collection for cancer research will be welcome.
After the service there will be drinks and refreshments at the Barnstaple rugby club.Hope to see a few old boys their. bobmac
Our sincere condolences to John and his family at this sad time, our thoughts are with you in the coming days and weeks. George and Trudi...Ripon
shocked and sad to here of the passing of phyli,s johns wife she was known to me as a friend and a very nice lady my and janets thoughts are with you at this very sad time rocky king.
As we are away at present and have a five hour difference behind. Joyce and I are sadden to read the sad news of Phyllis passing. Our condolences to John and the family. What a sad loss to our amphibious brother. John our prayer are with you at this difficult time. God bless you and family.
I,m shocked and saddened to hear of Phyl,s passing, she was a lifelong friend to my wife Diane, sister in law Wendy,and her friend Gloria, Bob Mac,s wife, she also always acknowledged me, whatever. In my teens 1961 I can recall Phyl in the Espresso Boutport St, Ponytail down her back,leather jacket and jeans, just perfect for a Biker like our John, and recently they celebrated their Golden Anniversary, just speaks volumes. My welcome to her at the time was always, Phylis a glass of water, hope you get it, she used to just smile, she was a lovely lady and will be sadly missed. So sorry John, Ossy.
I have just read with sadness, the news of John Greenaway's sad loss of his wife Phylis. Kathleen and I wish to send our condolences to John and his family and to let you know that we are thinking about you at this time.
My sincere condolences to John and the family on their sad loss, Pyhlis was a nice lady, she will be greatly missed.
I regret to give the sad news that john greenaways wife phylis passed away yesterday after a short illness bobmac
Hi i'm the Grandaughter of Corporal David Peacock. I am after as much info as i can on my Grandad as my Dad was only 2 when he passed and doesn't really know much about him and am hoping that someone on here could get in touch please - firstname.lastname@example.org. Would very much appreciate anything that you have. x
bobmac with regret would like to inform all his friend that john greenaways wife phylis past away yesterday after a short illness it was a great shock to me as i expect to many who knew her a lovely lady.I don't know about any funeral arrangments will let you know when Ifind out.bob
Yes Ossy He made that wager with Nosey Parker who followed him on a bike he got to Ilfracome but gave up Ithick it was at Bickington Pete
Apologies for spelling Steven the wrong way
Hi Stephen, sadly I don't have any photos of your dad, but I promise you I knew him very well, along with many others from 18 Sqn of the time, he was a legend for his antics and laid back attitude, but more so for his sporting activities, he was an incredible runner and I,m sure he used to represent the Corps in Athletics, I recall he had an on the spur wager one evening whilst at the pub to run to Ilfracombe and back, a Marathon distance, in a certain time, he never made it but was so close, incredible. I,ll never forget him, and I hope someone out there has photos for you, should I ever become aware of any I,ll do my utmost to pass them on, best wishes, Ossy, The old age traveller.
my name is steven kirk i am the eldest son of ken kirk (kirky)sadly he past away in august and would appreciate any photos anyone has of him from his army days. thank you
I see the list was cut short, so here it is again in full, Bill Boyd, Brian McLaughlin, Bert Mainwaring, Jock Coulter, Bob Isherwood, Bill Lazenby, Ginger Parsons and Scouse Bullock. Cheers, Ossy.
Following on from my last message, I really enjoyed Les and his wifes (Micki) company, and we,ve kept in contact since and I see he,s posted on the sight regarding my email address, which Taff put him right. I aked Les if he had any photos and he,s kindly sent some on to me which I will forward to Geordie for publication hopefully, Les also was National service and is a great bloke who knew 18 Coy Amph well, he recalls being on the same Dukw as crew with my old mucker Johnny Liddell,as you will see from one of his photos, though it,s only a back view, but unmistakenly Johnny! I told Les of our reunions off which he showed a keen interest, and of the welcome he would receive should he be able to attend! All I can say it was a pleasure to be in his company and I hope to have pint with him in the future, cheers, Ossy The old age traveller
Hi all, I recently enjoyed a tour of Wales, had a great time, the weather was really good to me, visited Pendine where we did exercises in the middle sixties, actually took some photos of the field we were camped up on at the time, it,s now a football pitch used by the local community and it was great to see the club that we were allowed to use at the time for the nights out, still there! However I wish to relate that whist staying on a site on Anglesey I visited a bar at the entance called the The Parciua Arms and whilst I was relating to a gentleman in his 90s about my life with DUKWS,I met Les Washington who overheard the conversation and asked if I,d been at Fremington as he was there 1960/61 what a small world, because I was there some of that time, so must have known him, so we chatted and he gave me a list of names of people he recalled, mostly National Servicemen,that maybe some of the older generation might know,here they are, Bill Boyd, Brian Mcloughlin, Bert Mainwaring, Jock
I have just received a great selection of photographs and articles from Vaughan Ashby EX B Troop Commander please check out his page on our site.
Well Christmas has come early for John I have just purchased the registration X18COY from the DVLA other interesting numbers available on the DVLA site are X19COY and X2OCOY a early Merry Christmas to you all Geordie
This is the end of Mikes last Posting
I have been asked to check all association member s addresses because members did not receive a copy of the last Waggoner. I have a few spare so if you did not receive a copy please give me a quick call or email and I shall forward one to you. Stay well Lads and keep warm
od Day All. John and I attended the annual association meeting at Deepcut this weekend. Deepcut will close by 2018. The move to Worth Down will commence in 2016. During the Chairman s report he mentioned that the National Amphibious Branch had recruited over 75 members since formation last October 2012. We were in the forefront of his report and I thank you all for joining our excellent family of members. We are still looking for more members and there are many who are listed on the Staff List who has yet to join. As we will be established by our next reunion in October 2014 we will have a new standard for our dedication on Friday 17 October 2014. My personal thanks to John for travelling a great distance for his attendance at the meeting. His new car is running well with a first class diesel engine and new number plate. The next committee meeting will be on the 29 May 2014 which hopefully will be held in Regents Park Barracks London. I have been asked to check all association membe
Hi all I will be in Deepcut untill Sunday so there will be no updates on our site untill Sunday evening Geordie
Hi Vaughan I remember you well, you were my troop commander, good to hear from you.
Hi Vaughan. If you look above the messages you will see in blue Email click on that and it will give you the persons e-mail address and if you scroll down to Geordie Routledge that is who you should send the photo's to.
I served in 18 Amph Sqn from 1971 until closure and then went with the DUKWs to Marchwood. I have lots of photos of the DUKWs in Marchwood but how can I send them? I cannot find a contact address for your site.
As you will have seen on the guest book that Bob Rand will become an octogenarian on sixth of December. Unfortunately we are away on holiday during this event and will not return until 14 December. Mick Rand Bob Rand son has put the information on our site for all to see. Having check the staff list the only Lads in the area are Bob Mitchell Alan Smith John Michael and our own old age traveller Ozzy if in the area. I am sure Bob would be delighted to see you should you pop into the Ashford Railway Bowls Club. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet within twelve months.
I remember marching through Barnstaple in 1971 don't think we had weapons, but we marched behind the Barnstaple gas works band who were very out of tune happy days.
A possible answer to your question of the old Squadron marching through Barnstaple with bayonets fixed may lir with an answer to the question - Were we ever granted, or had awarded, the freedom of the Town or Borough. My o0ld days of public Parades and steering Drill Courses round the Square leaves me to recall that units of the Armed Forces may only use military privilege of fixed bayonets and swords drawn to parade through a town or borough if they have been granted the freedom of that town or borough. I cannot remember parading though the town with rifles and bayonets fixed although it may have taken place before or after my time. Can I suggest raising the question with the town council to see if we had the freedom granted to us??
I am not always right and I will bow to superior knowledge if I am wrong. Hope this helps.
hi all hope u r all well trying to settle a argument 18 amph marched through barnstaple fixed bayonets when ?? locals do not remember this happening if u know the date please let me know ta
Hi Mike Ross its 7th Dec 7.30.till midnight its his bowls club my mobile is 07938500941 i didnt get your e.mail
For Mick Rand. I have sent you an email. What dat date in December in the party for Bob.
Hi Mike Ross i would like my dad (Bob Rand)friends to know that he is 80 in december and the family are holding a party at ASHFORD RAILWAY BOWLS CLUB BATHMEADOW,BEAVER RD ASHFORD KENT TN231RR (next to Ashford International Multi storey car park)i would like to surprise him with some of his ex army mates if i can,my e.mail address is email@example.com thank you Mick Rand (son)
Hi Les. If you scroll down you pick up Ozzy email address from his last entry.
Hi I met Ossey Osbourne last week on Anglesey I was in 18 company in 1960 I have got a few photos I promised to send to him but I have lost his email address ( senior moment) could you send it to me or ask Ossey to please best regards Les Wash
Hi my name is Mick Rand im the son of Bob Rand i just would like to say its my dad 80th birthday in December and we are holding a party for him in Ashford Kent if you would like any information of this day please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you. Mick Rand
just an update my new email address has changed to email@example.com
now on line after years of debate and would be great to hear from anyone for a catch up
Having been away,I have only just heard the sad news about Ken's passing. We had some good times together at Fremington, especially on adventure training on Dartmoor, with ken as a hound and myself as a hare. Happy Days. Please pass on my condolences to Jean and the family, it is a sad time for all.
Delighted to inform you all that my son is doing extremely well after his accident on the Sheerness Bridge. He had his operation and with the assistance of plate s bolts and nuts he will ride his BMW again. These surgeons are very clever people. Should be discharged from hospital on Monday but he will not work for about four months. Stay well Lads.
Sorry Lads. Email me direct to my email address. This will save all the cut.paste etc. Stay well.
Hi Mike. Reporting in with my e-mail address, as requested
Well John Michael. Alan Smith and I attended Ken Kirks funeral at Barham crematorium today. There were many of his fellow workers from the Sittingbourne paper mill present. As Ken was a loyal member of the Bowls Club they also turned out in force. He had an excellent send off for an ex soldier. His eldest son spoke extremely well of his father and I was delighted to see medals on his chest. A true soldier. I pass on our condolences to Jean and other members of the family. I did not stay as my son was in the major accident in Sheerness. He was riding his BMW 1200RT and was one of the eight serious injured. He of course went over the handle bars and has two broken wrists. All is well now and he will be on the operating table in the morning. What trying day for the Ross family. Stay well you DUKW Lads. Alan Smith will be attending our next reunion.
Hi Mike. Good to see you again today at Kirky's funeral. Re the Sheppey accident, I hope all was well with your lad and he's not too badly injured.
e-mail as requested.
Hi Mike,My Email address as requested Pete
Hi Mike , my email address as requested. Regards Dave.
Hi Mike. My email address as requested.
Delighted to inform all. My email system is up and running. Please send me an email and I can record you in my address book. Stay well Lads
Cheers for that Andy, all is well and I,m touring Wales at this moment, can only manage plastic pegs nowadays but still dabble as Mick (Michaels) always says in a Bit of Lucky Heather, old mucker. Off to walk the Pontcysylite Aqueduct hopefully soon, near Wrexham, then go further along the North coast, Anglesey, Portmeirion and work my way down to. after visiting many other places, the Aberfan memorial, then to meander back in my own time to the good old Westcountry, the place I call home and treasure. By the way I,ve only just left Ripon after spending a Fabulous week with Georgie Webb and Trudi, having my every needs pandered to and visiting many places, even a few pubs, when I came on the site he wished to send his regards to all, as I do. Wishing you all well, Ossy The old age traveller.
For all. no email connection at present. Land line if urgent. Will add a comment when fixed.May have to use semaphore. Stay well Lads and enjoy this great weather.
No suggestion you are grumpy mate. I am off in the caravan in a couple of weeks do you have clothes pegs left over cos I have run out?
All the best
Note my change of email address. Stay well Lads.
Ossy, Yes I shall pass on your condolences to Jean and the rest of the family along with all of us who served at our beloved Fremington Camp. Stay well you DUKW Lads we will all meet in our reunion LAND AND SEA.
Hi Andy+Mick(Michael) please I wasn.t suggesting that Fremington should be used for Housing or any purpose? Only that the outcome whatever, was always going to be DEVELOPEMENT of the camp in whichever shape or form,by the Authoities, never mind any protests, as is always the case,and is what is going to happen. I,m certainly not a Grumpy old bloke, in fact I,m loving life and feel I,m only twenty one again,and have to reflect on the sad news that Kirky has passed away, I always hoped that I would meet up with him at some point, he was a character and half, I only hope he has a pint lined up on the bar for me, for when we meet again. I wish Taff to pass on my condolences to his family when he attends his Goodbye,and I say Cheerio old Pal, Ossy The old age traveller
How sad. Ken pop into see me just two years ago. I shall attend his funeral along with many other friends and family. With age and illness this sad news is inevitable. However we must tab on and get the best out of life while we can. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
Some sad news this moorning, I heard that Ken Kirk has passed away on the Saturdy the 17th, I'm sure that we all knew Kenny, he was a very keen runner when with 18 amph, on the exercises at Staden Heights he would run up and down from the top to the beach and back in less than five minutes for a packet of Woodbines, a real nice chap, Taff Peters rival.
The funeral will be held at Barham crematoriam near Canterbury at 10-40am on the 5th Sept.
Rest in piece Kenny.
A very nice surprise this morning. The Waggoner arrived in the post. I hope that all Association have received their copy of the publication. Thank you John for your input and I must thank Linda Hedley for her camera work on the photograph. A full page and a little bit extra on the next page. We did well for this coverage. We are now well established as a Corps Association. But we need more members ready for our next reunion. Stay well you DUKW Lads and enjoy the sunshine.
Hi Andy. I agree with you mate re the housing of future generations, they can take away all these places but, they cannot take away our memories of the places. The old age traveller is a little upset because he has lost one of his camp sites ha ha ha, it may have been nicer & a better idea to use the place for the community as a sports complex, events arena, or something like that.
For Pete Walkington, I came through Duisburg on he 6th unfortunately I did not have time to stop off and see you, I was on my way to Grabow near Lubeck in East Germany, it would have been nice to see you again and had a beer or three, I'd have even brought you a bar of lifebouy for your party trick, ha ha, maybe next time I come that way, we can get together.
Kind regards to all the DUKW boys, hope to see you all soon.
John,(Mick)for the old age traveller.
Of course it is possible to argue that a better use of the land is housing for current and future generations instead of a memorial for visits by a buch of grumpy old blokes.
Hi Geordie, throughout my life, these appeals have always been a waste of time, and public money, they always end up eventually in favour of the Establishment and Privelidged for their own welfare, and finances. Someone will make a lot of gain out of Fremington and it wont be you and me, only those in the KNOW who are connected, to the ones that make the decisions, a very sad way to see part of our lives finish, best wishes Ossy.
For Dave Ross,I was not at Norton Fitzwarren Manor camp as that was after my time, I served my time at Bordon and Yeovil before being posted to 18 Amph Coy RASC in 1960, I was certainly an ex J/Ldr and actually had a younger brother called Dave Flynn stationed at Norton Fitzwarren there after your time range, who later became a commissioned officer. I have many photos of his time at NMCamp on the permanent staff. My question to you is, as I was before your time would I be welcome to attend any of your reunions as an old Ex RASC J/Ldr before Norton Fitzwarren. Regards Ossy The old age traveller, I wish you well.
Thank Bob McManus for your application and cheque. Your association number is L14470. Your membership card and wallet should be with you around Wednesday next week. I have notice that Dave Ross is looking for Ex Boys. Alan Cookman please note. There may be Ex AMPH Boys around which should be part of our family. Stay well Lads and take care.
Hello. Since 2011 I have been tracing Ex J/Leaders who were at NORTON MANOR CAMP TAUNTON with the J/Ldrs Bn RASC. Our date range is from 1961 to 1965.
Presently have 176 names and we are looking for any other ex Boys. We recently held our 2013 Reunion in Norton Manor Camp where 153 attended along with wires/Partners.
Thro your site can I call upon any ex Boys who were at Norton Manor Camp and wish to join our Group. We have a monthly Newsletter with Potted Histories and OLD Photographs.
Many of them did stay with the RCT following the disbandment of the RASC.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Ex Hobbs Pl 62 - 64
Fremington Development have won there apeal to develop Fremington Camp a sad day for all of us Geordie
Wonderful news today. John law or Jock has become our seventy fifth member of our Association. His membership number is L14471. We have reached a milestone in our membership. Our aim is to reach 100 by our next reunion. I shall be sending out applications to all who have not joined. As I have written before it will only cost you SIX POUNDS. Stay well Lads we are winning the race in slow time.
For Colin Proffitt. Your membership number is L14368. Your Membership card should be with you on Wednesday next. Delighted to add your name to the big family list of association amphibians. I shall call you in a few days. Take care and all the best to Barbara.
Terry attache the photograph to a email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org jpeg is the prefered format Geordie
I want to post a photograph on the website. Remind me of what I have to do again?
Colin Proffitt. Had a very long chat with Colin yesterday. He is waiting an operation for gall stones which is taking a very long time. He informed that he is now down to his fight weight and is feel quite well with the exception of the stones. I wished him well and I know I speak for all our AMPH family. I shall keep in close contact with Colin and let you all know how he is progressing. Barbara his good lady I sure will be watching him very closely once he has had the op. The weather is fantastic at present and look as though we are in for several weeks of sunshine. Just think of driving along the beach at Instow with the screen down having spent an hour or so on the water. Memories Lads. Great to think back. Stay well Lads and keep cool.
Hi Colin. Its good to see your still with us, as I had not had any jokes etc from you lately I thought you didn't love me any more. Seriously though I'm sorry to hear your health has not been so good of late, get well soon mate, it would be good to see you at the next reunion. Keep your sun bonnets on lads, its going to be a warm one.
Corps Sunday went very well. After the Church service we marched to Buller in 31c and General Carrington and Colonel Gilbert laid wreaths at the Memorial in Buller. The Memorial will be moved next to the church grounds of St Michael and St George. I was able to speak with our President and Colonel Jonathan Knowles. I was laying the foundation for our reunion. Its called finance. Stay well lads and remember to take on the water.
Hi Mick, Sorry have not been in touch for a while but I have not been good health and waiting now to go into hospital. I would appreciate it if you could update me on anything I should know. I am due to go on holiday in September but it all depends on when they call me into hospital for my gall bladder. Give my regards to everyone if I cannot get to the next re-union. Will keep in touch. Colin
Happy birthday Don for the seventh Have a great day see you in Oct 14 Pete
On updating our Staff List I have counted 155 contact addresses with telephones numbers etc. Then I counted our Association numbers 73. Now you don t have to be a mathematician to calculate the difference but it is 82. So the 82 that have not joined our Association for six pounds need to complete the application and get our AMPH Association off to a flying start. This October we are one year old. It would be nice to see 100 members by this October. After all Lads we all served in Fremington Camp and I am sure we all enjoyed our tours there. I did. We need your support to make our reunion in October 2014 a great success. The committee have worked extremely hard on your behalf so come join the Association. Its ONLY SIX POUNDS. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
For Malcolm Edwards your polo shirts were posted today and should be with you shortly.
Kind regards, John
For Geoffrey Rocky King your association membership number is L14472. Your card should be with you in a few days. Stay well and its good to welcome you back to the family.
For Patrick Malcolm Edwards you association membership number is L14473. Your card should be with you within three days. Stay well and its good to welcome you to our family.
Hi all just been sent the latest book on the history of the DUKW,It's called the complete DUKW a Historical Reference by David Doyle,if your into the history the DUKW this book covers everything,it's In hardback with hundreds of photos including 2 of mine from the reunion in 2010 hence a free signed copy from the author.you can find it under ISBN 978-0-89747-720-8.
Quick note the DUKW that sank in the Albert dock in Liverpool the company say it was caused by a tyre being caught round the prop and damaging the shaft.
Nice to hear from you, I was with you at 18 Sqn and marchwood also Bill Pryor is on this site,Dave(scouse)walker.
just found your website i myself was a nember of 18 sqn from 1970 fremington to the end of the dukws in marchwood in about 1973
For Peter Hepworth. Information in the post should be with you on Tuesday next. For Rocky King. My email has been returned. Can you email me and I shall contact you. Last time I had you living in Oz. Stay well Lads we will meet again.
My thanks to the Committee for paying their Mess Bills. Your cheques will be presented to the bank next week. Stay well Lads.
For Peter Hepworth. Will send you all the information required for the association. Stay well Lads. We are a great family.
For Rocky King. Rocky. Great to read the information you have sent in. Contact me and I shall send you all the information you require.Stay well Lads its the first day of summer soon
Dear All, It is with great sadness that I have to let all of my friends that are Ex RASC RCT that Steve Loasby passed away on Saturday out here in Cyprus after a heart attack. He lived out here in Cyprus but his Funeral will take place in Kettering, I don't have the details yet. Steve was one of the Corps great characters, he had great smile and laugh plus a lexicon of stories about the time he had in the Corps. One of our senior Master Drivers,he was well known outside the Corps as well, the Guards in London District nick named him the Queen Master Driver, he will be sadly missed not only by his family but by all he met during his time in the Corps. RIP Steve
Hi my name is Geoffrey King/Rocky King, 18 COY DUKW 1960-1963. I would like to know how to contact others and also how to join this association. I am using my granddaughters email account which is given. Kind regards and many thanks.
For Sarah. Try RASC Records. Kentigen House. 65 Brown Street. Glasgow. G2 8EX. Hope this informartion will help.
I was hoping someone on this website may be able to help... Please!
I am trying to research a soldier called Edward Elsdon, who served with 571 Coy during WW2. I can't find details for him anywhere - yet he became a captain. His service number was: 353551. Can anyone point me in the right direction please?
For Jim Robertson. Please contact me via email system so I can give you information about our members of the Amph Family and association. Stay well.
there in 1963/4 Acc then changed to rct bill boyd time slim tom and terry peters time
Great site and has given me inspiration in the building of a new branch. The Buller, as a catch all for those who cannot join local branches for what ever reason. I will share your link on my website and hopefully that will find you some more members.
I have just received notification that the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War will be formally marked with a parade and muster of Korean Veterans and a Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 11 July 2013. I do not think we have any Korean Vets in our Association but I must inform you all because you may know a Korean Vet who would like to attend the muster and service.
Please note that this is not an RASC & RCT Association event and those planning to attend will be expected to meet all expenses incurred.
Stay well Lads.
The minutes of the last committee has been published under Amphibious Association. You may book the hotel from January 2014 for our Land and Sea reunion. When making your booking quote Land and Sea. The reception staff at the hotel will help you in this matter. Keep watching the site for information as I shall publish information as I receive it. For an example today I shall be signing the contract for our entertainer. Stay well you DUKW Lads we are counting down.
The full report from the May 2013 Committiee meeting provided by mike Ross can be read in the association page it allso contains the proposed programme for the 2014 Reunion
I would also like to add my voice to the appreciation of Geordies site management. In addition the work of Taff Ross and anybody else helping out.
with regreats to inform all who knew him pete mckee passed away
The committee had a very good get together in Regents Park Barracks over the weekend. The minutes of the meeting will be published soon and will give you all the information regarding our next reunion in October 2014. Travelling over five hours for a two and half hour meeting showed dedication that the family of Amphibians has very deep bonds. Thank you all for attending. Stay well you DUKW Lads and stay dry while on land.
Our Association meeting is scheduled for Friday the tenth of May. To date I have not received any comments or suggestions for inclusion under AOB. Therefore I shall crack on with the agenda which was distributed to the proposed committee members. Minutes of the meeting will be published at a later date which will include the activities for the reunion in October 2014. Enjoy the weather and stay well you DUKW Lads.
I whole heartedly agree with you Mick old pal, it,s something I couldn,t do. So many thanks Geordie mucker, I wish you all the best, Ossy The old age traveller, currently sited at the Royal Oak, Barton under Needwood, where the beer is brewed nearby?
Hello all. I would just like to show my appreciation to Geordie Routledge, for the running and maintaining this web site, I know we all use it and don't really give it a second thought about how its kept running. I'm sure you will all agree that Geordie is doing sterling work and I think he deserves a great big thanks from all. Thanks Geordie Lad.
Take care you DUKW Lads
Kind regards John Michael (Mick) for the old age traveller.:-)
hello, I am researching the 297 Coy (G.T.) RASC for a gentleman in USA who owns a historical restoration dukw. This dukw is from the 1944 Juno Beach Campaign. I have a photo of AH Smith from C platoon in front of this dukw - the owner would like to give the photo to his family... as the dukw is not for sale. a fun note its tha tit was used in the filming of Saving Provate Ryan...
Wilmington, NC USA
Well what a wonderful surprise I received this morning. An application from Byford Perth Western Australia. The application was from John Weston who along with his wife Edna attended the Final Fling in 2010. John served in 116 Coy and 18 Coy RASC. John your membership number is L14474. Both from Yorkshire and they held onto the Yorkshire accent after being in Australia for many year. It s a shame I did not retain my welsh accent. John membership means we now have 71 members in the AMPH Association. We still would like more members and there are many who could join. The cost is less that a packet of cigarettes or two pints of beer. Just six pounds to join this wonderful family of amphibians. Your committee are meeting on the tenth May in Regents Park Barracks. The meeting is over two days so I am sure it will be knots ropes and semaphore on the Friday night by kind permission of the SSM 20 SQN RLC. Stay well you DUKW Lads the work behind the scenes is going well for our reunion next
Many thanks for your pennyworth Cookie, I wasn,t on an exercise of point scoring in any way, just to be correct in my knowledge and recollections, you, Don and Danny have simply confirmed that, along with others by phone. thanks and regards to all and everyone,Ossy, The old age traveller on Hayling Island for the moment.
Just to put my pennyworth in regarding the location of the Sqn .22 Range. Danny Chandler aand I along with Capt Scholes spent many an hour there shooting our postal targets in the local military competitions. Ozzy, you are absolutely right in your recollection of the range. Opposite the Guardroom.
Can anyone recall A Joe Johnson he was at Fremington in 1966 any information to Geordie thanks
Hi Mick old pal, you thought right I do know everything about Fremington camp, well nearly, and I stand by everything I,ve stated. The 22 riflerange was a long building situated alongside the walled garden on the right, as you enter the camp by the lift up barrier and opposite the Guardroom, hut, corrugated building that housed the Firepump. I spent eight out of nine years at 18 amph and used the range on numerous occasions it was never elsewhere in my time. Also in my duties as the camp Fire Nco once a year at least I had to do a fire precaution inspection for every building including the range and sign a report to that effect and keeping records of all the firefighting equipment, extinguishers, watertanks, hoses and pump were upto date and operable, directly responsible to the commissioned Fire Officer. I could elaborate far more on most of the buildings, that,s for another time though, mucker, regards to all, Ossy, The old age traveller.
When I arrived at Fremington in Jan 60 as a NSM the .22 range was located opposite the guardroom and was still there when I left in Jan 67 on posting to Benghazi. Alan Cookman both you and I both used the range a lot under the then Capt Scholes (Maj RAOC when left) and I have several shooting spoons won when fired postal competitions as part of 43 (Wx) Div/Dist. Icertainly never knew of another .22 range within Fremington Camp during my tenure there. Ossy and Don you are both correct!!
Ossymy old mate, I thought you knew everything about Fremington camp, even the best place to find scrap but I could never remember the 22range being where you said it was, I know when I reported for duty there in 1965 and had to find the CSM he was at the range, which then was opposite the ship near the assault coarse, I believe there was another building next to it which we were told was the old morgue and would I be correct in saying Dave Munslow had the butchery there, The only thing I can remember across from the picket hut, which was next to the guard room was where the Coventry Climax fire pump was kept and I think I was RP for about six months there and had to look after it, I think that was during my last six months before demob.
Kind regards to all, see you all soon boys.
John Michael (Mick) for the old age traveller.
In 1962 I was sent on a Fire NCO,s course to the civilian Fire Brigade training establishment at Reigate Surrey, on passing and return to 18 Coy AMPHIBIOUS! I was promptly made FIRE NCO for Fremington camp,until my discharge in November 1969, saving a year 1965/1966 in Bahrain, with all the duties that involved. This gave me free access to every building on Fremington camp including the Officers mess,Sgts mess,Medical centre also the water tower and ship plus the .22 range which I promise you was on the right hand side of the entrance to the camp dead opposite the Guardroom,the camp fire pump was housed inline opposite to the entrance of the rifle range. Having said this what happened after 1969, I don't know, except to say on our recent visits the building has been demolished,so regards for(Mick)and all from The old age traveller,Ossy.
Re sinking Liverpool dukw 2 Liverpool dukw drivers sacked before the sinking, are taking there case for unfair dismissal to a tribunal, they were dismissed for constantly raising safety issues before the sinking, think they might have a case know.
Taffy boy. I always thought that the way they tried to improve the DUKW to carry fare paying passengers was a little unsafe, they always look top heavy to me, with what they have built above the deck. Its a good thing that nobody was injured or drowned in this sinking.
John Michael (Mick) for the old age traveller.
Pick this up from the LIVERPOOL NEWS
Yellow Duckmarine DUKW ride for Queen Watch
Royal couple ride in Duckmarine
An amphibious tourist vehicle sank in the Albert Dock, Liverpool while on a tour of the city.
The Yellow Duckmarine started to sink at about 12:45 GMT on Saturday.
Passengers were moved on to a pontoon in accordance with safety procedures, said a tour spokesman. The vehicle then sank fully as it was being towed away.
The vehicles are a popular tourist attraction and take in city sights from land and water. They are staying on land during investigations.
An internal inquiry into the cause of the sinking is under way.
Paul Furlong, product sales manager for the Yellow Duckmarine said the unfortunate incident happened towards the end of a tour.
He said: We are looking into what happened.
Our crew are very experienced and acted quickly and correctly. No one was injured and everyone was disembarked safely.
Nobody went into the water during the sink
As many of you know your Association Branch is meeting on the 10 May 2013 at Regents Park Barracks London. I now have a draft of the Agenda for this meeting. May I ask you all to think of the meeting and if you would like the Committee to discuss any issue or suggestions you have please forward your comments to me by the first of May 2013. This request is open to all DUKW Lads as part of our family of Amphibians. The minutes will be published on our web site and will give everyone an outline of the next reunion with the cost of the Hotel etc. For the Committee. You will receive your Agenda by email or post on or about the seventh of May 2013. Stay well you DUKW Lads and keep warm and dry.
Hello All. Just to let you know that the postal charges for packages and parcels is due to go up on the 1st April, naturally this will incure a rise on the price it costs to send out any clothing items ie, sweat shirts polo shirts and fleeces, even baseball caps. If anyone want any of these items please don't hesitate to contact me direct.
Happy easter to all you little DUKWers
John Michael (Mick) for the old age traveller.
I wonder if the developers of the camp have been told about the public footpath that runs acroos the camp,wehad to mount a guard on it one day a year and inform the public that the MOD had the right to close it for one day. Iwas the guard commander one time
The range was oposit HMS ? which was behind the water tower.
For Geordie,and John Michael, if i can remember rightly you could get in to the 22 range just passed the gaurdroom on the righthand side.
For John Michael yes the indoor range was just inside the entrance from the Officers Mess you can clearly see it on the aerial photograph in the Fremington history page Geordie
RASC & RCT ASSOCIATION Weekend. 13.14 July 2013. I have received information the Corps weekend on the above date. The programme is Saturday 13 July Dinner Dance at the Holiday Inn Farnborough. Sunday 14 July at 11oohrs church service at the Church of St Michael & St George Queens Avenue Aldershot. All seated by 1050hrs. At 115ohrs form up for the wreath laying at the RASC & RCT War Memorial. Lunch at the Holiday Inn Farnborough at 1230hrs. Cost for the Dinner and Dance £10 per ticket. Sunday lunch £5. If anyone from our Association would like to attend please contact me by calling or email. You may know or not know but the Corps War Memorial will be moved from Buller Barracks to the Church of St Michael & St George. The Headquarters are hoping this task will be completed by the Corps weekend. Cut off time for attendance to any part of the Corps weekend is the 10 May 2013. Stay well you DUKW Lads. All punctuation and abbreviations removed for publication.
Yes I have also received the email. I have spoken to the Lady who is representing the Village people. I too gave the same details as the last two entries. However in 1960 when I first went to Fremington Camp the small domestic vehicles such as Champs and the short wheel base land rovers used the Officers Mess entrance. Maybe the officers were being dropped off. But it was in a minor use. The Bun fight starts on the 14 April in the Council Offices in Barnstaple. I have asked the Nicola The Lady for feedback after the meeting. I shall of course keep you all posted. Stay well you DUKW Lads. The planning is coming together for the next reunion.
I have also received this e-mail and all the time I was there there was only the one enterance that I knew of, I suppose its possible, that when it was a hospital long before we were there that there could have been a second enterance past the manor house (officers mess). would that be the road that leads past the miniture rifle range?
I have just received an email from the group that is objecting to the redevelopment of Fremington Camp requesting information if the road past the Officers mess was ever used for vehicular access to the camp if you can help please let me know and I shall pass the information on Geordie
Well its Golden Eagle day. I have managed to obtain a start up sum from the Headquarters. This will come in handy for the offsetting of our news letter expenditure and also the postage for John and me. This donation will help our Association immensely as the cost of administration seems to increase daily. We still have seventy members but there are many more Lads out there who could join this Association. Stay well Lads. We are on the way up thanks to everyone that has joined the Amphibious Association.
If you have not received the latest issue of the Waggoner in the post it can be downloaded from the Association page in pdf format issue no 54 to receive a paper copy in the post you must be registered with a local or national branch of the RASC RCT Association Geordie
Well, received my first waggoner magazine yesterday which I found very interesting, with a picture of some of us on the water in a DUKW taken during our visit to the RM depot at Instow with a nice little write up.
Stay well you lads, hope to see you all again soon. John Michael (Mick) for the old age traveller.
Just viewed the 2010 photos and saw some faces from the past. These re unions are a must
Well I am sure that our seventy members will have received their Waggoner by now. We are of course mentioned in this addition and I am sure will be mentioned in other publications. John. Thank you for the WW2 history of the DUKW. It must have taken you a very long time to down load them sixty odd pages. Stay well Lads and keep warm as it will get very cold next week.
if you are interested in the history of DUKWS in WW11 download WW11 DUKWs from the association page Geordie
The last entry had too many words. It ended by. A cheque for six pounds. Stay well and keep warm.
Well first off. Many thanks to Reuben Reynolds for your cheque and all enclosures. Your membership Number is L14459. I can publish that you are the eldest DUKW driver in our Association with a regimental number like T/14765266. With regard to the enclosures I shall speak with John and I am sure the story of Bill Blewitt for the BBC will be published in our web site. After all Reuben he was a DUKW driver. It would be nice to trace him as he would be 90 years young. Peter Panks your membership number is L14460. Gentlemen. Having received Reuben Reynolds application I can now inform all members of the Association that we are now 70 strong. There are still DUKW Lads out there who are listed on my Staff List so come on Lads send me a cheque for your life membership. You have one of the best web sites in the British Army with Wagon notes going back to the early fifties. Remember this family has been going for many years so please drop me your application along with your cheque for s
All the Amphibious unit notes from 1952 to 1974
are available to download in pdf format on the association page happy reading Geordie
For John Michael i dont have exact timings for most of the events in the diary you will have to check with RHQ for bookings and times that is why I put the disclaimer at the top of the diary page hope this helps Geordie.
As far as I,m concerned,during my stay at Fremington 1960-1969 18 Coy/Rct was always known as AMPHIBIOUS,the only time it was ever different, was simply on paperwork, when clerks got it wrong, and people who had no real history of 18 Coy/Rct pretended they did,can anyone please show me a photo to the entrance of Fremington camp sign, that would soon sort it out, and if I,m wrong I will eat humble pie and apologise, cheers to you all,Ossy,
The Old Age Traveller.
Well I am back on my feet and had a virus for two long weeks. The good fast pills from the Doctor did help. But I am still not up to speed. John Routledge has also been on the sick but is getting better. Johnny Knight is improving every day after his major operation. Bypasses I do believe. Speedy recovery Johnny. For Reuben Reynolds please contact me so I can action your request. Welcome. Stay well you DUKW Lads and keep warm.
Geordie. I can't quite understand the RASC RCT spring curry lunch on the 24-3-13. Is this a late lunch or early dinner? it say's 7pm-8pm, I alway's thought lunch was around midday.
Reuben, Welcoome to the web site, we have quite alot of older members that were in 116coy and then 18amph , though I doubt if anyone can beat your record, the oldest I remember was Pop Griffiths who was on the Normandy landings, sadly gone now. I'm sure you have quite a few memorable events that I hope you will share with us on our next reunion.
Kind regards John Michael (Mick) for the old age traveller.
I trained on DUKWs in 1945 in Italy, was with 862 T.T. Coy RASC. Would be interested to help you toward reaching your 100 members.Learned of you through 'Forces Reunited'. Regards, R.B.Reynolds.
For Peter Walkington. Thank you for your letter. Firstly your personal details on the Staff List have been amended. Delighted to read that you are well again. Your membership number is L14476 and in a few days you will receive your card and wallet. If you can make the reunion in October 2014 we all would be delighted to see you. Stay in touch. For all you DUKW Lads. Stay well and keep warm.
I see in the local paper that Fremington Developers are appealing against the local Councils refusal to build 277 homes on the old camp site. Apparently the pubic enquiry will start on the 16th April.
Amphibian v Amphibious
It appears that an apology is owed to Hugh Mongomerie further research has revealed the following in 1967 18 Sqn was renamed 18 Amphibian Squadron Royal Corps of Transport I have reproduced the article announcing this in our unit history page sorry Hugh
Thank you Cliff Storr and Peter Fowler for your applications and cheques. Cliff your Membership number is LL14477 and Peter your is L14466. Stay well Lads we now have 67 paid up members. I am waiting on two outstanding applications. Will we make 75 by the meeting in May. Thats our aim. John and I. Its cold again so keep warm.
Pop Griffiths was OIC POL point when I arrived in Fremington Camp. A very nice man with a chest full of war time medals. Pop was not a big man but he could throw them Jerry Cans about. Viv Pugh. Are you the wife of Taff Pugh our Chief Clerk in SHQ.
Ex in Flushing The people of Flushing found out that Pop helped to repat them and took Pop away we never saw him for 3-4 daysascipasa pass
It is interesting that no mention has been made regarding LCpl Pop Griffiths. He actually drove (rode in) a DUKW whilst respplying troops at Normandy on D Day or shortly thereafter. He retired to live in Fremington.
Firstly many thanks to Don Turner for my information, top draw Don. Secondly many thanks to Dave Sollis for his application and cheque. Your membership number is L14478. Delighted to mention that Dave is our first attached member. As many will know Dave served with the WKSP in Fremington Camp from 1967 to 1969. Dave you are more than welcome. Fingers crossed more of the attached will join our association. Stay well you DUKW Lads our membership is growing daily.
Thank you Tom Haslett for your application and cheque. Your membership number is L14369. Stay well Lads our numbers are growing every day
The first edition of our Branch newsletter has been published and is in the post, as all the information in the newsletter is on our website we have only distributed it to members who dont have access to the internet. The newsletter can be viewed by clicking the link in the association page. Geordie
Thank you Bob Mitchell for your application and cheque. Your membership number is L14370. Keep these applications coming. Stay well Lads.
? who was on the party that went caldy isle monks habitat? where severale dukws were swopped parts to keep them stable and who was in the party that went to libya in 68 age a loss of army records
Thank you all for the feedback on the first News Letter. The News Letter has helped many of our fellow friends of the three amphibious units to get in touch and join our association. Thank you all. We still have room for at least another 64 members so come on Lads its only six quid. Planning for the reunion in 2014 is going well and contacts have been made with several agencies. Stay well Lads and keep in touch by using the site.
Its always sad to hear of the demise of any of our boys. My sincere condolences to Bernard's family. Rest in piece Bernard.
Did you get my attachment Geordie? I'm still waiting for the wagon.
With Sadness I have to inform you of the death of Bernard Hargreevs Bernard passed away this morning, he served with 116 Company 18 Company and in Christmas Island RIP Bernard
Many thanks to Michael Walton and Chris Boreham for your cheques and applications. michael your membership number is L14371 and Chris L14372. We now have 62 members and two pending. We have room for many more. So DUKW Lads get the application written and send it along with your cheques to me. The first news letter is out if you are not on email. John has done a great job once again. He has sent out over 90 copies todate. Yesterday I was unable to get the car out I needed a three to one pull. In the end it was a large snow shovel. Easy for an ex coalminer. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
Thank you Johnny Knight for your application and cheque. Your membership number is L14305. Fingers crossed you should receive your membership card by Thursday.Stay well and warm Lads.
Thank you John Cook for your application and cheque. Your membership number is L14306. membership card is on its way. With all the bad weather you may receive it by Friday next week. Stay well and keep warm all you DUKW Lads.
So very sorry to hear of Johnny Nutzlader,s demise. My most sncere condolences to Hazel and family. I believe John signed onto a Regular engagement along with me, Alan Sheldon and Keith Lord on completion of our NSM days however I may be wrong on this point.
Thank you John Horton for your application and cheque. Your membership number is L14307. Stay well Lads and keep warm.
A sad start to the New Year. Goodbye Johnny Nutzlader, one of our boys. Sincere condolences to John,s family.
Thank you Malcolm Devis for your cheque and application. Your membership number is L14172. Stay well Lads.
Sorry to hear of Johnny Nutzlader demise, my sincere condolences to Hazel & the family.
Rest in peace Johnny old mate.
Another pint of best bitter lined up and waiting for me at the bar for when we all meet again. Rest in Peace John old pal, condolences to Hazel, Sharon and family, from Ossy The Old Age Traveller.
Good news. The Amphibious Association Committee shall be meeting on Friday 10 May 2013 at Regents Park Barracks at 1400 hours in the WOs and Sgts Mess. Food and accommodation is booked. Stay well Lads we are making progress with our Association.
I received a very sad telephone call this morning from Bill Dearnley informing me of an entry in the North Devon Journal. The entry was of Johnny Nutzlader who had passed away on the third of January in a Hospice in Barnstaple. A true DUKW man who represented the unit at football for many a season. Johnny will be sadly missed by Hazel his wife family and his fellow service Lads who served with him at Fremington Camp. The funeral for Johnny will take place at the North Devon Crematorium on the fourteenth of January at 1500 hours. I shall write a card on your behalf to Hazel and family. RIP.
For Mike and all.
Thanks for your call and concern at the Tassie bush fires (which is still ongoing) There are a lot of unhappy Tasmanians that have lost there homes,but fortunatly there are no recorded deaths as yet, thank goodness we are in a part of the state that is free from the ongoing catastrophe, so we are keeping our fingers crossed. Again thank you for your concerns. See you in 2014?
Giday again fellas Mike Ross? A9? Just to catch you up, Marriage broke up 2 years after demob, went to sea, Staff Bagulys KRS came in handy. 69 was offered a job in NZ, Construction Rigger Staff Bs KRS handy again! met Wife dec73 married march 74, went back to school to study Horticulture and Silviculture, worked in forestry/sawmill. 1990 Offered 3 months work in Sydney at same time wife was head hunted bu Aus Federal Govt, we stayed 10 years,We miss the port arthur Massicur by pure luck 2000 set to retire to Keri Keri Bay of Islands, wifes family
die in boating accident, Now we are M/Homers, bloody thing is marvellous BUT! can't swim!!
Will catch later fore we go back, lot to see lot still to do, drive safe fellas
Last night I spoke with Lyn Fox in Tasmania with reference to the record temperatures and fires out in that area. Delighted to inform you all they are safe. Lyn did say they had received smoke in their area. Stay well and safe Lyn Richard and your family. The DUKW family are thinking of you.
Many thanks to Henry Kubinski M.S.M for his application and cheque. Henry your assoicaion number is L14002. Yet another soldier who has served in 116 Coy and 18 Sqn. Stay well Lads.
Thank you John McAlwane for your application and cheque. Your life membership number is L14001. Stay well Lads and be safe.
My apologies to all that have submitted entrys in the guestbook over the past week there has been a slight hiccup with the site this has now been resolved Geordie
Please allow me to pass on the very best of good wishes to everyone for the New Year. It may also be the time to reflect on those who are serving in troubled areas for a safe New Year and return to their families. We, none of us, can fortell what the new year will bring us. Let us all hope that we continue to be in reasonable health and retain our sense of humour.
Kate and Alan Cookman
You are dead right about Staff Baguly John. I used to come across him and Staff Nicholas delivering the mail out in the back of beyond in N.Devon when I worked for the electricity board.I also used to come across Sgt Mitchel who lived in Braunton.Sadly all gone now.Anyway everyone have a happy and healthy new year.
Last night I came across the following information. A reunion is being held by the Norton Manor Group in Norton Manner Camp for all who served there. The reunion is on 29th June 2013 at 1600hrs. The creator is one David Ross. Not related. This is advertised in the Forces Reunited under Reunions. Stay well Lads.
For Norman Coulson. Thank you for your cheque. Your membership number is L14171. Stay well Lads.
I am the great grandaughter of Cpl David Peacock and stumbled upon your website whilst looking for information. If anyone has any information about my great grandfather or have any pictures please email me at email@example.com. We have travelled to Devon to visit his grave but would love to gain a better understanding of our family history and i would also like to forward my findings on to my grandmother.
Thank you very much
ooking for anyone who was in 42 company rasc 1947 48 please contact above
You are dead right about Staff Baguly John. I used to come across him and big Staff Nick out and about in the countryside when I was on the Electricity board .They were both postmen working out of Bideford.Also met Sgt.Mich. before he died.Bill Dearnley
As we all say farewell to 2012 I would like to thank each and every one of our family DUKW for a great year and all the assistance John and I have received in running the LAST SUPPER reunion. We have had a few family members pass during the year but life will go on. So let us all enjoy our retirement and look ahead to the reunion 2014. LAND and SEA. May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very healthy happy and prosperous 2013. We have 56 members in our association going into 2013. Thank you all for joining. Stay well and God bless you all.
For John Ough. Staff Baguly came out of the army and settled in Northiam, Westward Ho. where he died, sometime in the early seventies I believe
Hello, I would like to know how to become a member. If someone could email me back i would be very grateful - Regards Pete
here for a while from overseas, thought i'd see if you fellas had any photos, I was #2 for sid cassons on A8 22ypo8? Marvellous Machine the DUKW, always remember them. tried to get in touch with Filamone Navuso while passing through Fiji at the time of one of the coups, but no dice. I check in at this site in a week or so, keep on trucking/swimming, What ever happened to Staff Baguly?
Thank you Jim Taylor and George Thomas both ex 116 Coy. Your cheque arrived this morning. Jim you are L14169 and George L14170. Stay well Lads.
Hello all. Gillian & I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a very happy,prosperous new year. We look forward to seeing you all at the next reunion in 2014, god willing.
John & Gillian (Mick) for the old age traveller.
It is with much regret that I learned of the demise of John Shaddick. A very pleasant man who has given many us great pleasure in his painting of various DUKW scenes. I am pleased to say that I am the proud possessor of two of those original paintings which hang on my study wall. They have suddenly taken on greater meaning. Whilst we have original paintings or, indeed, prints of his DUKW scenes he will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace John. You did us all proud.
It is with sadness that I report the passing of John Shaddick our Artist. John died this morning after his battle against cancer. On your behalf I shall write Pat his wife and pass on our deepest sympathy. Over the years John had produced many paintings for our raffle at our reunions and for individuals and was our guest during our reunions. We shall be thinking of Pat and the family at this time of their bereavement. RIP John.
When I was posted to Fremington in 1960, it was to 18 Company Amphibious RASC, abbreviated sometimes to 18 Amph or (Amph)even when we amalgamated as RCT in 1965,we still remained as Amphibious and never can I recall Amphibian being used, except by publications and people unaware of the correct titles. Using my Devils Advocate coat and wooden spoon, is not Amphibian (Singular) and Amphibibious (Plural). Best wishes, Ossy The Old Age Traveller.
Today I received an Association application From Len Tucker whose number will be L14168. He served in 116 AMPH Coy RASC as an instructor.18 AMPH Coy RASC from 1958 to 1962 and from 1965 to 1966 he served in 18 AMPH Sqn RCT. I think he must be the only person who has served in all three amphibious units. I am pending applications from Peter Walkington and Norman Coulson. If there is any DUKW men put there who is unable to down load the application please give me a call and I can forward the application by post. You have no excuse because telephone calls are free after 1800hrs. Our aim after Christmas is to see more members joining the Branch. It s only six pounds so stay well Lads and enjoy your Christmas and New Year. All punctuation removed for publication.
The Public Records Office at Kew hold the Company records of 18 Company (Amphibious) Royal Army Service Corps Date range April 1961 to March 1966 under reference WO 305/2317 I hope this clears up the Amphibian verse Amphibious discussion I have also up dated the unit history page Geordie
Further research has revealed the following information . Extract from the Waggoner published in March 1959 page 127, On the 1st of June 1958 18 Company was once again reformed this time to be an Amphibious Transport Company . As 18 Company RASC (Amphibious Transport) Geordie
Geordie in response to your comment on Amph. This has long been a source of discussion particularly among the Stalwart crowd. Amphibious describes vehicles that have a river crossing or fording capability,ie the Alvis Stalwart. Amphibian vehicles have a dual capability of being equally at home on land or sea - the DUKW or LARC. So our title should be Amphibian, but what the hell!!! As a matter of interest have you seen the sad two carcasses of LARCS on the dump at Portsmouth? look to the left while crossing over the bridge into Pompey - by the big sail. Ripe for renovation?
Thanks to Hugh Montgomerie for his comment on our association title AMPHIBIAN vs AMPHIBIOUS. The only official records that I have are extracts from the Waggoner magazine, in the Jan 1962 issue it clearly states the unit title as 18 Company Amphibian all subsequent references to 18 coy are Amphibious or abbreviated to AMPH. Thanks Hugh for putting the cat among the pigeons do any of you have a official unit document with the full unit title on Geordie
Happy Christmas & A Prosperous New Year to all DUKW lads and Ladies
Can someone please amend amphibious to read AMPHIBIAN!
Thanks to Terry Peters and Andy Harker. Your cheqeas and applictions arrived today. Terry your your membership number is L14166 and Andy L14167. Thats our fifty paid up members of the Association. We now have members in Spain Australia and the UK. Stay well Lads and enjoy the festive holiday.
Thank you Edward Ed Tomlin. Your application and cheque arrived today. Will send your life membership card tomorrow.Your number is L14165. Our family is growing and I can see already that the reunion in 2014 being a big one. Stay well you DUKW Lads and enjoy the festive season.
Thanks to everyone for their amendments to the Staff List. Change of address etc. We have 50 who have joined the Association. Its a target of 75 after Christmas. Stay well Lads and keep warm as there is more unsettled weather on its way.
Bobmac thanks for the info i will try again.I remember you playing rugby but did you also take thr ladies home from HQ offices at dinner time where i worked with the chief clerk WO11 LF Tucker Johno
Thank you Derek Fisk for your application and cash. Your membership number is L14164. Also for Peter Thompson your number is L14162. Stay well Lads and keep warm
Thank you Richard Fox for your cheque which arrived from down under today. Also thanks to Pete Thompson for your application and cheque. Your membership card will be in tonights post. Forty eight 48 members as I write. Just two more for that figure of 50. Stay well you DUKW Lads our family is growing.
Hi Every One. Very shortly I shall be sending out the Staff List which shall be fully amended to date. This will be on the excel programme of 2010. If you are unable to open this attachment I can also send it to you in excel 2007. My old computer which is driven by coal is able to do this task. The membership to the Amphibious Association is 45 with 2 pending overseas members. We are just 3 away from the big 50. I would be ecstatic if I receive 3 more applications by Christmas. So come on you DUKW Lads show your support and send me your applications by Christmas. May I take this opportunity once again to wish you all a very merry happy Christmas and a healthy prosperous new year. Nodilig Llawen A Blwydd Newydd Dda or Frohliches Weinachten und ein Gluckliches Neves jahr. Sorry for the miss spelling.
Thank you Johno Johnson for your application and cheque. Your membership number is L14162. Membership card in the post Monday. Stay well Lads.
The Assn. Card arrived yesterday thanks very much. T am only sorry that I wont be able in any way to contribute to meetings and such, but you guys are always in my thoughts and I check the website every day to see what is going on, all the best for Christmas and hope the New year is as good for you all.
P.S. For Ray Chimes. Hi Ray. Last week I found an e-mail from you in my servers archives, how it got there is anyones guess, I managed to retrieve your e-mail address and will drop you a line in a couple of days. Foxy.
Hi brian the gunner Igot your email but no photo.The only player from rugby is tony hoyland the great big centre that Isee know.Pete walkington lives in germany traiter so Ihavnt seen him for afew years bobmac
It is extremely nice to receive an application from a passed Officer Commanding of 18 Amphibious Squadron Royal Corps of Transport. Major Russell Martin thank you for your application and cheque. Your membership number is L14161. Have very nice birthday on the ninth of December. Stay well and I am sure the entire DUKW Lads wish you well. It would nice to see June and yourself at our next reunion in October 2014. With 46 members as of today. Will I receive my Christmas box of 50 members by the 25 December. All punctuation removed for publication.
Thank you Michael the caps arrived safely and they fit like gloves [hats!!]. Could you give me a ring on 270781 so that I can make arrangements to pay for them. Terry
This is the missing part of Mikes last entry in the guestbook
We have a full committee who shall be meeting this May in London.
May I take this opportunity to thank our Ladies for their support for our reunions. Without them Lads we would be DUKWs without water. Finally I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous healthy new year. We will meet again in 2014 on or about Wednesday 15 October2014. Stay well Ladies and you DUKW Men.
This year 2012 has been an excellent year for us amphibians. We have celebrated our Last Supper reunion. The Borden and Taunton Lads got together and that evening was a great successes. Thanks to Alan Cookman. There is a strong possibility that event will happen again in 2014. Our visit to Instow this year was second to none and our thanks to Major Mark Woosey and Staff Sergeant Sheppard for their time in making our visit a very successful one. It was nice to walk down memory lane again in our Camp. Thanks to Charlie Passmore for this visit and for guarding our Fremington Camp from the builders. They are not building as yet. Our website is one of the best I have seen on the web and we must thank John Routledge for his outstanding work by keeping us all informed of what is going on and keeping our Association side up to speed.
We have formed an association and at this moment in time we have 45 of the Lads registered as Life Members of the Amphibious Association. We have a full com
Thank you Alan Smith your cheque arrived yesterday. Your membership nunber is L14160. We are almost there. The magical 50. We may even crack this number by Christmas.Stay well Lads and keep warm.
Bobmac Geordie Did either of you get my e-mail and photo ? Brian thr Gunner
THanks to Dave Munslow your cheque has arrived. I shall action all admin in the morning. Your membership number is L14159. Stay well Lads and stau safe.
Another three more applications. Thanks to Bill Brook. Barry Hands and Ken Hobbs your cheques arrived today. I shall post your membership card and wallets tomorrow. We now have 41 members. My target is only 9 away. Stay well Lads and keep warm.
Thank Fred Hurrell for your cheque and amendments to the Staff List. All the cheques I have receivd over the passed few days will be banked tomorrow. The weather has turned cold. Wrap up and stay well you DUKW Lads.
To view the Dec 2011 and May 2012 issues of the Waggoner Magazine go to the association page and click on the links for issues 52 and 53 Geordie
Terry Peters, Can you email me from your PC so that I get a correct address, I have tried to send you a message twice and it has come back. I sent your caps this morning.
Regards. John Michael
Thanks to Dennis Hart and Bill Skipsey your cheques arrive today. Membership cards posted today. Stay well and be safe Lads.
Thanks to George Shanley your cheque arrived today. Also thanks to Richard Fox for joining our Association. Richard is our first overseas member. We now have 38 members and rising daily. Stay well Lads.
Thanks for the e-mail with details for joining the RASC assn. I would like to take up a membership even though I am a bit far removed in Tasmania. I will fill the form out and get that to you, how would you like payment to be made?
Sorry I couldnt make the last re-union but I will endeavour to make the next one
Thanks to Johnny Greenaway and Tony Hoyland your cheques arrived today. I shall post your membership cards on Monday morning. Cheques for the ASSOCIATION should be made payable to RASC.RCT.AMPH.ASSN. Branch. Our numbers are growing every day please keep the application coming as I would like to see 50 members by May 2013. I have just received the minutes of the last Annual Conference of the RASC RCT Association which was held in Deepcut on 6 October 2012. John and I have decided that we will attend next years conference now that we are up and running.Stay well Lads the country may need you to drive the DUKWs in storage. This weather is not helping anyone.
Just to let you know those who ordered polo shirts at the reunion the polo shirts are on
there way to you,posted yesterday.
Caps are now ready and will be sent out on Monday. I think you lads down in Devon and Cornwall could do with a DUKW now, with all the rain and floods you are getting still sunny here in Whitstable, reminds me, I must get some more sun cream, ha ha ha.
Take care you lads.
All the best John Michael (Mick) for the old age traveller.
Thanks to Cedric Gould Bob Rand and jimmy Ritche your cheques arrived today. Your membership cards are in the post today. Stay well you DUKW Lads
The good news is the first 25 Life Membership cards were posted this morning. Stay well Lads and enjoy your weekend.
The polo shirts are now in, for those that ordered at the reunion dinner and will be sent out later on today or tomorrow, baseball caps should be here on Friday. Dave Munslow, your polo shirt with the reduced size logo is in also.
All the best you dukw boys.
This morning I received an email from Lt Col Knowles informing me that the membership cards with wallets were on their way to me. I shall distribute these cards so everyone who has paid their life membership to our Association will receive them by first week of December. We need more members if we are to receive a big grant for 2014 reunion. So come on Lads its only six pounds for a life membership. Stay well and keep warm this winter.
Thanks to Danny Chandler for your subscription to the association. We are receiving donations into the association already. May I say if you wish to make a donation to the association to offset our next reunion please forward it to me. Names will not be published but I thank you for reading this entry. Planning for the 2014 reunion is well on its way. There is a strong possibility that the next reunion Land and Sea will commence on the Wednesday evening for a possible early start on the Thursday morning. However I shall publish the entire programme well after the meeting in May 2013. Stay well Lads and be safe over Christmas holiday.
Thanks to Vic Roberts Jack MCKee your cheques arrived today. Our aim is to reach 50 members by the meeting in May next year. So come on you Lads start recruiting for our association family. Stay well Lads and be safe.
To view the latest issue of the Waggoner magazine go to the association page and click the link at the botom
Thank you to Andy Proctor Les Rawlings Gordon Harris Peter Reeder George Webb for your cheques. Also thank you to Des Phipps T/19041797 for your cheque. Des I must publish this information. You are the most senior member in our association with a number like yours. Stay well Sir I shall visit you in the near future. I think we have a full committee of nine who are going to meet next year. Thank you for taking a pace forward your ideas will help to plan our association and social events. Stay well Lads and enjoy you festive season. All punctuation removed for publication.
Well Lads we now have a bank account so all the cheques I have received for membership will be paid in tomorrow. Our association numbers are 35 and raising every day. There are just a few who need to send me their cheques to complete their membership. Also we are going to meet in Regents Park Barracks this coming May. Date to follow and already we have five volunteers to join our President John and myself. Stay well Lads and be safe over the festive season.
Would everyone who completed the association sheet who have not paid please send me a cheque for £6 pounds made payable to RASC RCT AMPH ASS BRANCH. I have now received 31 applications for membership to our association. I hope you all enjoyed your parades in the sunshine. Remember we trained together. We have had fun together. We are going forward together as a great family of DUKW Lads. Stay well Lads.
Hi brian I think we called you the gunner I played wing foward with and drove the minibus. If iremember right you were realy a hooker but got out ranked by Lt steel ak clarence.Who claimed that position.Looking foward to seeing your photos bobmac
Brian email photos to me and i will put them on to the site firstname.lastname@example.org
How do i get into the site to post photos. Played rugby for 18 Sqn RCT in Cyprus 69 Johno
Thanks to Phil Butler and Don Turner. Your cheques arrived today. Stay well Lads and enjoy your parades this weekend. Dig your heels in and press down on your thumbs like good soldiers.
Many thanks to Alan Cookman for his photographs which he has sent to Geordie and me. A special thanks to Geordie for taking the time to download all the photographs from our last reunion. What a selection we have on our website from all our reunions. Great news on Fremington Camp this will go on for another five years by the looks of things. If anyone should drop the Lotto on Friday let us know as we have a great plan for the Camp. How about turning it into a holiday camp for retired service personnel. Central catering billets into apartments cycle track around the camp swimming pool heated of course gymnasium. Dream on Mike. Stay well you DUKW Lads we are a great family. All punctuation removed for site publication.
I wish to thank through the website, all those that were able and unable, to attend my surprise 70th party organized by my daughters. unknown to me, but to most of you out there. I t was a great evening and I felt very choked up and humble, to be with you all. You,re great muckers and lifelong friends, which means the world to me as I travel around living out my life, I hope to be in all your company sometime in the near future, and I wish every one of you well, many thanks, Ossy, The Old Age Traveller.
I spent most of the day very downhearted at the American Election results. And then I read the decision of North Devon Council's ruling to deny planning permission for Fremington Camp. There really is light at the end of the tunnel. What great news. Common sense prevails at last.
North Devon Council today refused planning for the redevelopement of Fremington camp.
Thank you George Webb for your application and cheque. I am now awainting Dennis Hartand Bob Raistricks appliocations and we have 30 members in our Association. Our mandates are with the bank and I am wait for our paying in book. Then I can submit all your cheques which you have sent me. Stay well Lads and be safe.
Thanks to Ray Chimes Peter Reader and John Michael your association cheques arrived today. Stay well Lads. Land and Sea is not far away.
Thanks to Mick Wells Mac McNamara Ossy Osborne Ray Hutchings you are now life members of the Amphibious Branch of the RASC RCT Association. We are now 27 members strong. Thanks to Mick Well for your donation to the Branch. Every pound will buy a stamp. Stay well You DUKW Lads we meet in 23 months.
Well I have had confirmation from the Lt Col Knowles Secretary RASC.RCT Association that our Amphibious Association is now formed. When speaking to him this morning I requested a Standard for our branch and there is now a strong possible chance I could be in receipt of then Standard by our next reunion LAND AND SEA in October 2014. I am making progress with reference to a meeting in London next year. Lads who have not completed the performer for joining the branch can obtain these from John or me. By email or slow mail. Stay well Lads we an Association Branch and twenty four members. Please send your cheques to me at my home address made payable to RASC RCT AMPH ASS BRANCH.
At last I can now publish the dates for the next REUNION. 16 to 19 October 2014. This reunion will be called LAND AND SEA. The programme for all the events throughout the reunion will be confirmed and published around March April of 2014. On Saturday 18th October 2014 the Association will hold its first general meeting. A G M. Timings for this meeting will be placed in the programme when published. On Sunday 19 October 2014 the Association will be holding its dedication service for a new standard. Fingers crossed. Membership is increasing and we have 24 members. You can of course send your information to Geordie or me. The six pounds life membership will commence on 1 December when our Association bank account will go live. Please send your cheques to me made payable to RASC RCT AMPH BRANCH by the end of November. Stay well Lads we meet in twenty four months. All punctuation removed for site publication.
Well the dust has now settled over the beaches. Thank you all for attending and sending letters card and emails. Also thanks to Geordie and all who assisted. I have now received 23 applications for our association. We are now over the next week or so completing the mandate at the bank so we can start operating. I have been in touch with Colonel Knowles who is now awaiting the list of members so that membership numbers can be issued. Delighted to inform you all that Colonel David Pepperell has accepted the Presidency of our association. John and I will cover the other appointments until next year when we will organise a meeting in London. I am trying to seek permission to hold this meeting in Regents Park Barracks Albany Street NW1. For your information Joyce had her hip replacement on Monday and the hospital is going to RTU her today. This cooking and cleaning is not for me. So Amphibian stay well and keep watching the photographs on 2012 site and the information John and I pu
I must take the opportunity to pass on my thanks to Mike Ross and all those who made this week-end such a good one. This one has to have been the best yet. I have had many e mails from non 18 (Amph) lads who attended the Thursday evening for the Bordon and Taunton boys get together. Most of them have said that, had they realized what a great crowd we were, they would have stayed for the whole week-end.A good Hotel, good food and great company. Whar more can you ask for. My thanks to Ray Hutchings for taking so many photo's on my camera at Instow. Most of them came out great. Those that didn't are of no consequence. Mike, I will send the disc to you and copy to Geordie. Can you e mail me with your home addresses. Once again, thank you all.
For Geordie I have sent you photos of Last supper by email but it keeps being returned need your up to date as the one on this site not working
Many thanks Mike (Taff) for all the effort you put in to making this a fabulous weekend, very grateful and I'm sure I'm not alone in saying this.
On another note, I have been asked for more polo shirts also prices for these, I phoned the chap that does them this morning and the price has gone up to £8 each, sweat shirts are now £9-50 and fleeces are £16-00 so if anyone wants any of these items please contact me on my e-mail address, baseball caps are £6-50.
Kind regards John
Hi Mike, wonderful weekend once again, they get better every time, Reference Amphibious Association, add me to the list please as follows:
Victor Roberts, 24 Bickington Park, Barnstaple,Devon EX31 2JL served at 18 Amph Jan 1967 - Apr 1972
I have received twenty applications to join The National Amphibian Association. We have a committee headed by a president. More on this subject later. Rather busy for the next week or so but I shall communicate on the odd day off. Stay well Lads and mark time.
I shall be packed ready to go by 1600hrs. Have a safe trip to Barnstaple. Looking forward once again in meeting you all. Stay well and remember to take a break if you are driving.
Have a great re-union. Sorry I will be sitting this one out
Well the weather has been good so my garden is done and I am now looking forward in meeting up with our family of DUKW Lads. Could I ask once again would all the DUKW Lads from Barnstaple and surrounding area to book in to the Hotel for the Saturday night dinner. Hotel management have emailed me requesting final numbers. I am away playing golf on Wednesday so if you have any questions please call John or myself on Wednesday evening. I will be able to take calls on my mobile phone if in emergency. Stay well Lads we meet on Thursday.
plaque recieved, very good thanks Mike.
Well at last I now have the visit to Instow covered by Towergate Wilson insurance company. Public liability of 5 million pounds. But I would not like to see anyone over the side. Speaking to Alan Cookman today it looks very much the numbers for the Thursday night dinner are increasing. On the Thursday there is another function going on at the Hotel. About 120 or so in the Arlington Suite for dinner. No gate crashing. I hope the plaques have arrived. I have had one person telephone me to inform he gas received his. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet very soon.
Just received a return from the Hotel. We are now 102 for dinner on the Saturday night. I do think that some of the local Lads have not booked as yet. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet next week.
I have produced a DVD that includes all the film clips of 18 coy/sqn and DUKWs that i can find, also of the RASC and RCT running time 1hr 45 min I shal bring them to the Reunion if you want a copy email me email@example.com they are free of charge but if you wish you can make a small donation to the AMPHIBIOUS association Geordie
The Look at Life video worked ok for me. See you soon.
Received an email from the maker of our plaques. He informed me that the plaques have been posted today. Therefore they should be with you by Friday or Saturday. Just a week to go so stay well you DUKW Lads.
Hi Mike and all.
Wishing you and all the lads a GREAT re-union, wish I could be there, perhaps the next one?
Have a pint for me. Foxy.
With just eleven days until we meet and I must say that I am looking forward to the reunion. I must report that my meeting with the Secretary RASC RCT Association went extremely well and I gained the knowledge to set up our Association. The National Amphibious Association that is the title. John has put on the site all the information you need to know on how to join. It is our intention to have a little chat about this subject during the Friday afternoon on return to the Hotel. I have been given the up to date handbook with classes of membership. Basically they comprise of Life Member. Branch Associate. Honorary. Thanks to Des Phipps for the information on formation of 116 AMPH Coy. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
To view the Look at Life Video checkout the links page please let me know if it works Geordie
For Lynne. I knew a Tug Wilson in Leconfield. 1976-1979 ish. Also I know the name of Copping during my service. If so please contact me.
Thank you Des for all the information about 18 Coy formation. I look forward to more information soon. Your plaque will be with you soon. I did speak yesterday to Ian Munday and he now has all the addresses.Well Lads 15 days and still counting. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Did any of your members have children at school in Singapore? I help run a Singapore Schools reunion site and we are having a reunion on October 20th in Hatfield. Please look at www.singas.co.uk for details.
I lived as an army child on Pulau Brani, Singapore, from 58-60 and 63-66 with my parents, Dick and Rita Wilson. My father (Tug) ended up as a WO1. Does anyone remember him from Golden Hill, Portsmouth or Singapore?
sorry Mike still no message recieved, could you ring me on mobile 07784230542 any time, thanks mike
Photo from Rockets in The Dunes on home page more names please Geordie
I have just found another short clip of 18 Company, in 1960 the Rank group were at Fremington filming for the cinema Look at Lifer series this series has now been released on DVD I have ordered a set and should have them by Monday I will update when they arrive. The DVDs are available on ebay for about £15.00. LOOK AT LIFE Vol 2 Military Geordie
Reference to Geordies post entry Rockets in the Dunes you will see the following. Bill Boyd. Geordie Nic. Yorkie Hopkins. Don Cockell. Jock Brown and I think it may be Scouse Lewis as well. Can anyone recognise anyone else. This clip only last for 5.09 minutes so you will need to standby with your mouse. For our visit to Instow I was informed that I needed insurance cover. Well I have it and it is all systems go for our visit. Health and Safety has kicked in even for a friendly visit. Well you DUKW Lads the time is passing by very quickly and we meet 19 days. So stay well. All punctuation has been removed for publication.
The officer in Geoff Bakers photo GB16 is Lt. Franklin. Thanks to Ray Hutchings for that info.
How many of you out there stared in the 1960 movie Rockets in The dunes to view a short clip go to youtube and type in Rockets in the Dunes i recognise a couple of faces Geordie
Today I have received the programme for our visit to Instow. We are to assemble at the Beach Car Park at 0845hrs. Therefore I recommend we leave the Hotel by 0820hrs. Cameras are allowed for the visit. The visit will end at around 1315hrs. Fremington Camp by 1345hrs so that you can enjoy your very last walk down memory lane. So you DUKW Lads we meet in three weeks. Stay well.
Well not long now. Could I ask please if you are attending the dinner on Saturday 20 October could I ask you to book by the 10 October to assist myself and also the management of the Hotel. I am away next week at Deepcut but I am returning on 5 October so if you have any problems please call me or send me a quick email. The weather outlook for our reunion is dry but cold. Ensure you have warm clothing for our visit to Instow. Wet suits for golfers should be carried. Then there are excesses on play. My telephones have not changed. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
For Des. Emailed you with all the information needed. Stay well you DUKW Lads it just a few more weeks or 23 days.
sorry Mike I did not recieve your message at the old email address could you send to my new email address ploease, sorry Mike.
I have received to date six cheques in respect of plaques. Russell Bill Mac Lester Andy Hugh. Your plaques gentlemen will be delivered to your homes on or about the 10 October. I am waiting Des Phipps and Andy Pee to forward their cheques to complete this order. If anyone who is not attending the reunion this year and wish to be remembered. Please send me your greetings which I shall read out at the reunion. We meet very soon you DUKW Lads. So stay well. All punctuation removed for publication.
Nice set of photos from Geoff Baker, but I noticed that picture GB16 named the officer as Lt. Barnard. I am sure it is not, as I was this guys driver for a while in Singapore. Problem is I do not remember his name but I sure somebody will.
Just having a look:
1992 Reunion JR/3 is Ron Dadswell
2010 Reunion DM/3 is Bob Rand, Norman Thomas, Hugh Montgomerie, Norman Coulson, Henry Kubinski and Dave Munslow
2010 Reunion MR/90 is Henry Kubinski, Bob Rand and Norman Coulson
Well, I shall have an update tomorrow on who has booked since my last report. Our numbers are increasing every day. Instow call me this morning Tuesday. Programme of events at Instow are being sent to me in the next two weeks. No work at Fremington Camp. So after the visits on the Friday at round 1600hrs I shall hold a meeting to disc our future. I shall update you having been down to Deepcut to speak with the RASC RCT Secretary with reference to forming our National Amphibious Association. Geordie has put the information on the site and I have received emails saying what a very good idea. May I thank all who have sent me the cheques for their plaques. Your addresses have been forwarded to our maker. I only have three left in this batch. Stay well your DUKW Lads we are meeting in thirty six days.
ADMIN.For Des Phipps. Yes of course. I have sent you an email to your old email address. Please email me direct with the information I require for delivery of the plaque
mike can i order plaque pleasecommand
Please check out new page AMPHIBIOUS ASSOCIATION Geordie
To Brian Johnson - Yes, I remember you! I was attached to HQ. I had the huge responsibility of being in charge of the ice for the office fridge :-) I drove ops van and toured the embassies and Arch Bishop Makarios's palace with the Swede, Major Bunde (I think that was his name)I also helped occasionally to set up the conference room for meetings (though, have to admit i'd give it a body swerve, when possible). Hope you've had a good life since then!
Well I have received five orders for the Regimental plaques. David Mac McNamara Russell Martin Bill Skipsey Lester Rawlings and I am holding one for Derek Fisk who has arrived from Australia. Gentlemen your plaques will be sent direct to your home addresses on or about 10th October. There is only four left. Do not feel left out make a grab and order. I will convey them to Barnstaple for you if you are attending the reunion. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in thirty six days. All punctuation has been removed for web site.
Our days are few thirty seven days before we meet at the Barnstaple Hotel. Also I have ordered ten more plaques some of which has been ordered and should be delivered on or about the tenth of October. I have five or so left so if you would like to order a plaque you can have it delivered to your home before the reunion. I have sold thirty plaques to date and have no complaints but have received many compliments on the quality. Today I have spoken to my contact at Instow SSgt Bill Shephard and discussed at length the programme for our visit on Friday nineteenth of October. You can find this programme under REUNION 2012. Stay well you DUKW Lads. All punctuation has been removed.
I see you are all in countdown mode, and I am sooooo envious thinking of the last supper and being on the other side of the world when it goes down. I know a lot of you guys came and went after me, and of my lot, there arn't to many of us left, so have a great time and I will be thinking of you with great pride. cheers Mike, Ossy, and Ray Ding Dong.
The count down. Six weeks time. Stay well you DUKW Lads. See you all on Barnstaple.
Congratulations to Geordie and Maureen, John and Phyllis on your golden wedding anniversary, its great to see a marriage work for so long, Gillian and I, have just got married on the 9th July, after being together for 26years and that old age traveller Ossy will now have to buy me a beer.
I have misplaced, my old number two Ossy Morgans address and phone number if anyone has these and could contact me by e-mail, I'd be obliged.
Advertisement. I have been asked by several people if I can get a few more plaques. The answer is yes. I have four names already so I need more names. These plaques are hand painted and will be sent direct to your home address or to an address of your choice. Because the plaques are hand painted they cost £38.50 each. Ouch. But ask the other 28 Lads who are proud owns of one. Email or call me. Leave a message on my box. Sorry playing golf. This coming Thursday we meet in six weeks so I need to order by Friday 7 September. Reunion attendance. We have 78 booked in for accommodation. Thirteen 13 booked for dinner with another potential 24 from the Barnstaple and surrounding area to book. Mathematically that makes 115. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet very soon. Punctuation removed for entry.
Many congratulations to both Geordie and Maureen along with John and Phyllis on your GOLDEN ANNIVERSARIES. A wonderful achievement by my lifelong friends, best wishes from The Old age Traveller, Ossy.
A DOUBLE GOLDEN. On Saturday 1 September it is Geordie and Maureen Rain Phyllis and Jonny Greenaway fiftieth Anniversary. May I wish you both you couples a very happy golden anniversary form all of the DUKW family. We all look forward in seeing you all at the reunion dinner. Have a great day on Saturday. Best wishes the DUKW Lads and Ladies.
Seven weeks tomorrow we meet. The list for dinner will be updated when I receive the return from the Hotel. I have received emails informing me that they have booked for dinner on the Saturday. Thank you all for the information I shall have your names added to the list soon. Friday 31 August all rooms which have not been booked will be released to the public on September the first. Stay well you DUKW Lads I look forward in meeting you all very soon. Punctuation removed.
A little more information with reference to our reunion. Golfers we are booked in to tee off at 0930hrs on Saturday 2o October at the Portmore Golf Club. We played it in 2010 so the scores should improve. Please remember the dress code. No jeans no trainers or flip flops. Collared shirts and tailored trousers. Stay well you DUKW Lads we RV on Thursday 18th October 2012.
The countdown is ticking away. Only eight weeks tomorrow. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Hi anyone remember me Gunner Brian Johnson (Johno)Played rugby for 18 RCT in Cyprus 69
Our family members DUKW Lads may want to know this information because they are members or have known about the club. I am a member to date. Phil Lineham announces his resignation from the Retired Warrant Officers and SNCOs club as Secretary. Dear Bob Lambdon and Dave O Bee started this club 29 years ago. The current President is Terry Byrne who took over the presidencies from Bob who passed away in 2009. What a great shame, the TROGS will be lost next year. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Ihave just found out the Bob Pynor has passed away.Ihave not seen Bob for sometime but he has been ill for a long time with the big C.He passed away on Wednesday/Thursday of this week.RIP BOB
My entry has kicked started the attendance. Five have just booked in for accommodation before the end of August. Reference my entry of the 26 July. I have today received my return from the Hotel and I am delighted to report that 71 have booked in for accommodation from Thursday 18 October. Thursday the 18 October is the night when the Taunton and Borden Lads enjoy their get together. Some of these Lads will not have seen one another for round thirty to forty years. In addition to the 71 booked in, we have another 21 for our Last Supper night on Saturday 20 October. We are almost there. 100 or more would make a great evening. Just nine weeks this Thursday. So stay well you DUKW Lads our family will meet soon. All abbreviations have been removed.
The sun is shining and we doing extremely well in the Olympics with 48 medals to date. We have just ten weeks be for we start to meet. At the end of August the Hotel will release all rooms which have not been allocated to our family. Therefore, you should book now if you wish to stay in the Hotel. Saturday night is the dinner so book now. You do not pay until the day of check out. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in weeks.
Thank you Norman, (Wickie) for the information. tried to call you but no answer. Semaphore will be used soon. We are now 78 booked in for accommodation and 12 booked in for dinner only on the Saturday night. The numbers are improving so stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in 12 weeks today.
The Manager of the Barnstaple Hotel called this evening giving me an update on matters for the reunion. Because it s a Hotel he has given us a cut off date to book your accommodation for the reunion. That date is 31st August. So if you require accommodation even for the Saturday night, book now. It will not cost you. The last remaining rooms will be taken by outsiders. I shall email this message to my list so fingers crossed everyone will read it and execute. I was speaking to Instow on Tuesday and the Officer Commanding who we knew has been posted. The new Officer Commanding is taking command within a short period. Our visit is confirmed. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in three months. Punctuation removed for site.
The property consultants have submitted the planning application for 277 units to be built on the Camp site. This application has not been approved as yet. On speaking to a friend of mine this morning he mentioned that this is going to take a little longer than anticipated. I personal think they have one big problem with the entry and exit. Of course they are not DUKW drivers. With just three months before the reunion I am sure we can all stay well and look forward to meeting once again. All punctuation deleted for publication. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in October.
I shall be attending the Funeral of Jock on Friday allong with Phill Butler it is sad that we only meet at this type of occasion Geordie
I received an email from Terry Peters last night informing that he is attending the funeral of Jack (Jock) Lambie tomorrow Friday 13th July. If there is anyone else s attending please look out for him. Punctuation removed. Stay well you DUKW Lads and spend a minute or two thinking of our Jock Lambie tomorrow.
Spot on now Geordie, thank you.
For George Webb Ihave changed the captions please check I have got them right this time Geordie
Would it be possible to make a change to my set of photos? The caption under GW1 should be under GW13 and vice versa. Now that I have contact with Taff Payne it seemed now is a good time to correct this as he is in the first photo. Hope you can help and thanks if you can. George. See U soon.
Saddened to hear about Jock I have fond memories of Singapore and Grantham. Rest in Peace You will be missed Chi mi arithist thu
Sorry to hear of the passing of Joe Woods and Jock Lambie. I know Joe had health problems for some time , but it was still a shock that we got the news so late.
I had a surprise e-mail yesterday from a mate who I have not seen since 1965 in Singapore.
Taff-Anthony Payne REME is living in Cardiff and I hope will be coming to our Re-union. Taff, has had a very interesting career since that time, after a period with *THE REGIMENT*
Couldnt believe the news of Joe(Brian)Woods and Jock Lambies passing, I thought it strange not to hear of Joe as the last time we spoke at the time of my Dianes passing, he was looking forward to attending the 2010 reunion. We were both ex boys and along with the likes of Fisky, Pete Fowler a group of eight of us after dvr trg at Yeovil were posted to 18 coy on 8 Dec 1960. Jock was already in the unit at the time but I remember him well as being cheerful and happy always willing to muck in, was he not intending to attend next reunion. Whatever RIP old pals, that,ll be another two pints waiting on the bar for when we meet again. Ossy The Old Age Traveller.
So sad to hear of the passing of Jock Lambie, I will always remember me going to pick him and others up from Barnstaple railway station as duty driver in a three tonner and me being a new boy to unit he hoofed me out of the cab and I had to go in the back with all the others. Rest in peace mate.
The Funeral of Jack (Jock) Lambie will take place at St Hilda,s Church The Market Place South Shields on Friday the 13th of July at 12.15 pm followed by Cremation at South Shields Crematorium at 1pm
Happy Birthday Don for the seventh see you in Oct all the best Pete
Well some sad news once again. Brian Joe woods died some time ago. Joe had gone to Thailand for a holiday with a friend and neighbour. This holiday was prior to our last reunion in October 2010 as I had received a quick email from Joe saying he would be attending the reunion. Anyway Maureen and Geordie Rain did a little research while on holiday in Spain and came up with the Thailand issue. He had a heart attack while in Thailand and died out there. Scouse Lewis had always received a telephone call from Joe every Christmas and while speaking to Scouse the other day he confirmed that Joe had not telephone him for the past two years. RIP Joe. You will be sadly missed by many people. Many thank s to Maureen Geordie and Scouse for all the information their gathered to inform us of Joe s happening. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in just over three months. No punctuation because the web site will not record the message.
What a shock to read of the passing of Jock Lambie. I served with him in Bulford as well as Fremington Camp. A great man who enjoyed life to the full. Rest in peace Jack.
Another Legend gone. Rest in peace Jock. You were fondly remembered. Tiny and Kate Cookman.
Very sad to hear of jock Lambies death - he was was a good member of the Squadron. Rest in peace Jock. Colin and Barbara Proffitt.
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you all that Jack (Jock) Lambie passed away today the 2nd of July. I think most of us served with Jock at Fremington and Singapore and will remember him fondly. I will let you know the funeral arrangements as soon as they are available, Rest in peace Jock
Calling all Golfers. I would like to know who would like to play golf on the Saturday of our reunion. I have names, Danny, Andy and Mac. Send me a quick email as I shall be booking a tee time very soon. Stay well you DUKW Lads just eleven weeks before we meet.
A follow on from my last entry. we can put them in touch with other fellow DUKW Lads. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in four months.
Once again I have received a very interesting telephone call on Sunday from Jim Taylor. Jim served in 116 Coy RASC from 1953 to 1955 as a driving instructor on our DUKWs which was then based at Westward Ho. Some of the names Jim has passed on are CO Major Thompson. Captain Bob Butler. WO2 (CSM) Smallwood. Sgt Cliff Cooper. Cpl John (Smokie) Bond.Cpl James (Jim) Taylor. L,Cpl Pete Unwin.LCpl Brian Hope. LCpl D Carver. Dvr s George Thompson. Ron Taylor. Ron Spreding. Jock Stewart. John Ward. And a REME Person with a surname of Stubbs. In the early days 116 Coy was only 35 strong. (Jim must have a nominal roll tucked away first class memory). The only name I can recall is John Smoky Bond who was a platoon Sgt in 1960. Delighted to inform you all that Jim his wife Cynthia and George will be joining us at Instow during our visit. I am sure Jim and George will have a story to tell when we all meet. If anyone reading this site who knows any of the above pleases contact my-self or John so w
Sorry,Incorrect spelling again. John Macro is the correct spelling in my last entry. Stay well Lads we meet soon.
Well, this evening I received a telephone call from John Crow. John was the Ops officer in 18 Coy RASC at the time when NIB (Nigel) Speller was in Command. Henry Sadd was admin and Stevens and Hayes were the Troop Commanders of A and B Troops respectively. John now in his eighties will be attending the dinner on the Saturday night and fingers crossed he is hoping that John Haynes will also attend. I have John Crows telephone number so I am in touch. For Henry Kubinski I am sure he would love to speak to you as he did mention your name at the start of our conversation. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in October.
Hi All,Last wednesday I attended Ray Sayles funeral it was quite a good turnout with a lot of his mates from the British Legion in attendance as well as the members of his family.
His grandson Steve is in the Royal Logistics Corp as a Lance Corparal with 10 Port Sqd.
Just got the news about Ray Sayle, as I have been away from home since mid May, Lyn said she recieved the news from Mike by phone in Tasmania, thanks for that Mike. Ray and I were good freinds when at Fremington in 1958 and we were on secondment to Helensburg with Ray chimes, wot a time we had. My thoughts go out to his family and friends. Ray, Mike and Ossy and all, I hope you have a great time at Fremington in October, wish I could be there.
Firstly my apologies for the spelling mistakes in my last email. It s these dyslexic fingers of mine. No wonder I only passed my first class education the second time. However, I have received several emails from the Lads who are looking forward to the visit on the Friday of the reunion. Many of you missed the trip to Instow during Final Fling so this is your opportunity to fit in your last CABBIE in our DUKWs. Also, the visit to Fremington Camp will no doubt be the last, providing they have not started building. So Gentlemen, do not miss out this time because it s your last chance to enjoy being with the DUKWs and also the last visit to Fremington. Book early to avoid the rush during September and early October. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in four months. All punctuation has been removed because of the rejection by our site.
Checkout under reunion 2012 for more details. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Checkout a recent email from Steve Noaks (Fremington 1958 to 1959) it has some very interesting info, on the latest news page cheers Steve
Well a little information to you all. Today I spoke to Fred Hurrell and Peter Walkington. They are both in good order and fingers crossed they both will be attending the reunion in October. These are two names which people always ask me have I been in touch with then. Stay well you DUKW Lads we will have Company/Squadron strength for the reunion.
Great to see four DUKWs in the Thames yesterday. Painted YELLOW but it was good to see that these old vehicles again. I wonder what the old registration numbers were. Stay well Lads October is not far away.
For Colin Proffit.Happy birthday for the 6th. Have agreat day ,hope to see you in Oct,your platoon/troop SGT
Wall plaques. I have orders for 5 plaques. So I am now asking is there anyone else who would like a plaque. This will be my last order of ten. The programme for the reunion will be confirmed shortly and I shall publish it under reunion 2012. Delighted to see the three officers on the main page who served with Russell Martin.I have been in touch with him and he also is trying to make Barnstale over our weekend. Stay well and dry you DUKW Lads we meet in four and half months.
for Malcolm Devis. Happy birthday Malcolm hope you have a great day. Best wishes on your sixty fouth birthday. They come round every year. Stay well Malcolm see you in October.
Happy birthday for the 31 John see you in Oct . Not too much Amber.have a great day Pete
Just to inform all members, the RCT Band has reformed and will performing at the Princes Hall Aldershot on the 14th July 2012 at 2:00pm. Tickets are £10 each and there are a few tickets left. If anyone requires tickets please contact me through my email address. I will be phoning Mike Ross later today to talk to him as well
I would like to add my condolences to Rays family.I would also like to thank everyone for there kind thougths, when i was in hospital having my op. Every thing is ok it this time still in a little pane but that eill go after a month or so.Take care you DUKW lad don
Happy birthday John for 31 May. On behalf of all our amphibious family many, many thanks for running the site. It s a great way to keep the Lads informed of what is going on. Our memories in our photographs bring back of what we all did in our younger days. They too were great memories. See you in October armed with camera ready to go again. Stay well our friend we all wish you well for your birthday.
Hi Steve. Thank you for the sad information. On behalf of all our DUKW Lads from our amphibious units, 116, 18 Coy and 18 Son, our sincere condolences. He will be sadly missed at our next reunion and as a fellow DUKW Man. Having spoken to him just a few months ago when he had just left hospital, he did say he felt better and was looking forward to the reunion in October. Ray was wealth of knowledge on our DUKWs and I for one received direction and guidance from him although he was in a different Troop. RIP Ray, our thoughts are with your family at this time.
Though I only met Ray through the reunions it was a pleasure to always have a chat with him each time, another sad loss, condolences to all his family, have a pint waiting for me the next time we meet Ray old pal, regards Ossy.
Hi all, my name is Steve Blake, I am the grandson of Ray Sayle. It is with great regret that I have to announce that Ray passed away during the night of sun 20th may. He had been in and out of hospital during the previous week and passed peacefully in his sleep during the night.
Should anyone wish to attend the as yet unplanned funeral, please let me know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will provide details as soon as they are available.
Good news. I have just received an email from Major Steve Congreve the Officer Commanding Royal Marines Instow. It reads as follows.
The 19 October is in the diary now and I will get the file brought forward in early October to the new Officer Commanding. Please ping him an email to this address which won t change, copy to the new Sergeant Major who will be Mr Landeg.
If the weather is kind, I am sure we can do another short DUKW ride in the estuary as before given my Head Quarters is content with this visit. Please note that all punctuation and military abbreviations have been removed because of our site.
Thanks and best regards
The timings for our visit will be around 0930hrs start. Please ensure you are ready in all respect for the visit. I shall publish all timings in due course. On that note. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet and ride in October.
Don,hope the op goes well.
Ozzy, are you coming in August?
I will be away next week to the USA, with Darren Clover, John,s son. We are taking 4 or 5 IED victims on a ride of a lifetime, on Harleys from San Diego to just below the Canadian border. We will follow the coastal route road 101. Back on 17th June.*
*More info. at Blue Cucumber tours UK
An Ex soldier goes in for a job interview, the interviewer asks the ex soldier why he thinks he deserved the job as his 25 years experience may not be suitable for the position. The Ex soldier already sat up straight said this. begging your pardon Sir I was more than JUST a soldier I was a brother to those that needed a brother I had seen places only people can dream about and places that people have nightmares about was trained to do things that others couldn t. I am physically and mentally strong. I was trained to save those injured around me and to encourage those who struggled next to me. I served my country to protect those who cant protect themself I worked hours that would break most people. Sir I was more than just a soldier.
I was a British Soldier.
Stay well you DUKW Lads. Punctuation removed.
Just a quick up date. We are now 77 booked for the Last Supper. With over four months to go I am sure now we will be over 100. Enjoy the sun shine when you see it as we have not had much these passed few months. On that note. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet very soon.
I was looking for some music last night and came across the following on you tube. Type in RCT Memories and select Brothers RCT. Picture number 5 9 and 10 will back a few memories. On picture 9 I see Bill Boyd is in the forefront with his stable belt outside his jumper. Sound on as Gerry and the Pacemakers do their bit for Liverpool. Stay well you DUKW Lads we are been there and done it. Furthermore we will do it again in October.
Just a quick update on Don (Yorky) Turner. Don came out of hospital on Sunday and he is nursing his replacement knee. He informed me that his knee is still swollen and it will be some time before he is playing bowls again. I have informed him that he must be up and running by October, otherwise his name is taken off the London Marathon list for 2013. Stay well DUKW Man and remember we have a party in October. For all other members of the DUKW family, attendance list will follow soon so on that note, stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
For Don Turner. Like Dan, best wishes for Monday. Will call you later in the week. I give swimming lessons. Stay well DUKW Man we all wish you well.
For Don Turner. Hope all goes well regarding the knee op on Monday. A few of my golfing buddies have had same op and have no problems now but advise plenty of exercise (swimming is good) but I,m sure you,ll soon be running about but probably not climbing up the side of a DUKW for a while. Had you down to play on the wing next week but will put in A.N.Other!!! See you in Oct.
For Taff Ross, thanks for tha virus warning, have passed it on to family.
For George Webb. You wre already on the provisional list old son. I just need confirmation of the numbers attending the dinner part. Catch you in October.
Message for Tiny Cookman: My name should be on the list for the Ex Boys dinner on Thursday. I want to confirm for myself and Trudi. Thank you.
For Ray Hutchings. Have no fear Ray you were always the first on my list. I know that there are other Ex Boys who intend to come on the night but we are only interested in the names of those lads and their wives who intend to sit down to dinner on the Thursday evening. Taff Ross has already explained the costs of the meals for non resident lads. Please try to confirm with me by the end of May in order to confirm seating. Thanks lads. See you all in October. And for those who wished me happy Birthday, I am sorry that I have not replied earlier, our 50th wedding anniversary was the next day so I missed my own birthday somehow.
To Alan Cookman, please book myself and sylvia in for the Ex Boys dinner Cheers Ray.
I have received a call with reference to the Borden and Taunton Ex boys Dinner on Thursday 18th October 2012. Please note, this dinner will only be for then which will be held in separate dining room. Also, please book in with Alan Cookman for this dinner. He will need to know the numbers. The cost of the dinner is £27 per head if you are not accommodated. All Ex boys who are not served in Fremington Camp and are attending the Thursday night dinner are more than welcome to join in throughout the weekend. We will have served together during our military service anyway. All other DUKW lads and partners will dine in the normal guest dining room on the Thursday evening if you have booked your accommodation. There is a possible chance we may be visiting Fremington Camp. More on the visit later. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in October.
Happy Birthday Cookie old pal, it was Fifty Three years ago today, I went to Canterbury recruiting office to sign on the dotted line caught a train to Liss where me and Dave Lee hopped on a waiting three tonner that transported us to Junior Leaders Company RASC Bordon. The amazing thing is I,m still in touch with many old mates and pals from that day forward, where have the years gone, still seems like yesterday.Have a great day, Ossy The Old Age Traveller.
Happy birthday Alan Cookman. Best wishes for today and enjoy your day. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in October. Numbers booked in 72. update in May.
Happy birthday Bill Pryor. Its another one,sorry but these do come around every year. See you both in October. Stay well you DUKW Lads, we all meet in October.
Great news, the Lads are now emailing me to say that they have booked in for the reunion. I am not due a return until the end of April but, we are now 69 for the reunion. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Hi again just had a call from Bob the collecson for Maureen so far comes to £1260.
Hi everyone, i am just passing on a message form Bob Raistrick, he thanks everyone for there cards and condolances.Mauree had a good sent off there was over 300 at the church and 230 at the wake,it was nice to see a lot of the lads there Bob was over the moon to see them all.Iam going to hospital on the 30 April for a knee replacment so i will be off line for a few days.See you all in October don
Thank you Des. I shall add your name to my list. Once I have ten ordered I shall ask every one to send me a cheque for said amount. £38.50. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in October.
to mike ross, yes i would like a plaque how do i pay, thanks mike from des phipps stay well mike.
This is not a big sell. I have been asked if I can order more plaques. The answer to that is yes. However, I have orders for three but I need seven more as I can only order in tens. If you would like to order one then call or email me. Stay well you DUKW Lads, we meet in about eight months time.
Happy Birthday Dan. Hope to see you in Oct
May I wish Danny Chandler a very happy 74th birthday. These birthdays come around every year Dan. But enjoy your day and I hope you shoot a par on every hole when you play that great game of golf. See you both in October. Stay well the well you S/man. We DUKW men needed you.
This morning I received the monthly return from the Barnstaple Hotel. We now have 65 attending the reunion in October. There are rooms left but are getting few. Book early to avoid disappointment. It will not cost you to book and you can even cancel if at a later time you are unable to attend. Our weather in the UK is marvellous at present so remember to get out and enjoy your retirement. On that note, stay well you DUKW Lads we meet very soon.
firstly, my condolances to bob and family on their sad loss. mike thanks for plaque received friday morning, it is first class and you deserve all the plaudits you are getting for it. i have got fluid in my legs again and will be going into hospital next week to get them sorted probably with an ankle tap]! looking forward to october and meeting our extended family again. keep well everybody. what is with this a-z and0-9
Hi Don, I don't recollect seeing Bob on here so would you please pass on deepest sympathy from Pen and I. Lovely lady sadly missed.
Dear Bob and family, we are thinking about you at this very sad time, we understand your pain.George and Trudi Webb
Bob Angela and I would like to pass on our condoleces to Bob and family
Michelle and I would also like to pass on our condolences to Bob and his family in their grief, now Maureen is no longer in pain. R.I.P. Maureen.
Joyce and I would also like to add our condolences to Bob and family. We both have wonderful memories of Maureen. A proud lady who enjoyed life and the company of all our great DUKW family.Rest in peace Maureen.
Bob please accept my most sincere condolences on the passing away of Maureen. A very sad time indeed. An earthly battle lost but we believe her to be in a much better place now. RIP Maureen.
I wish to post my Condolences to Bob and family, my thoughts are with you at this sad time old chum, Sleep in Peace Maureen, Ossy.
So sad to hear of the passing of Maureen and thanks for letting us know Don. Heartfelt condolences to Bob and the family.
It is with great sorrow that i have to tell you that Maureen Raistrick passed away this afternoon.Maur is the wife of Bob as many of you know she has been fighting the big C for 2 years now and lost the battle. God bless Maureen
I,ve booked for Saturday evening meal, but will be in the bar every night for the duration, also Taff I have a grand plaque in my possession, nice one old pal. regards to all, Ossy, The Old Age Traveller.
Hi Mike plaque arrived Friday,cheers Dave
Hi Mike, plaque arrived, it is great thank you Vic
Squaron plaque arrived today, it was on the floor in the pourch when we got back from the hospital, Angelas catterak follow up. Its great.
For Mike Ross. Plaque arrived today Mike - thanks Colin
\my Squadron plaque arrived this morning and liiks very good indeed. Thanks Mike, looking forward to our meet in October I could be off 18 by then.
Many thanks Mike. Plaque arrived this morning and is now taking pride of palce on the wall ahead of all the rest. Take care lads.
Squadron plaque arrived this morning. Lovely job, a joy to behold. Many thanks for all your efforts.
Many thanks to all who have telephoned joyce or I with reference to our new plaque. All who have ordered and paid should have recieved theie plaques this morning. What quality. Stay well you DUKW Lads, we meet in October.
My Squadron plaque arrived this morning all I can say is WOW well done Mike
Hi everyone just thought i would let you know that OSSY is down here haveing a few drinks and selling pegs. but he is in good health.
I had a few beers with him down the Con club on Sunday night and them we had to have a look it his hores and cart ah ah nice camper van.
Well I have made some enquiries as to maybe a last look around Fremington Camp. Our Home. Firmstone and Square Bay have purchased the Camp but are waiting on planning permission to build 278 houses. The permission is taking a very long time with one thing and another. So on Friday 20th October there may be a possible chance to see our old Camp once again before it all pulled down and turned into a housing estate. Many of the people who did not make the 2010 reunion will not have seen the Camp since their postings. It is NOT confirmed as yet, but there is a strong possibility I can fingers crossed arrange this. Would local Lads please book in for the Saturday if they intend to support the reunion this year. With so much going on during the four days I would appreciate everyone booking early. Its £25 per head for the Saturday night dinner. Stay well you DUKW Lads we will be meeting in October.
To Roy(Slim)Wakeford,Happy birthday for the Tenth,have a grat day .See you in October Pete
Just a very quick up date. We now have 55 booked in and 7 foe dinner on the Saturday night. Total of 62. Added information this morning. I spoke with Marg Fisk this morning Wife of Derek Fisk. I have just booked them in for our reunion. Also, they look forward to the Taunton and Borden Lads get to gether. A new contact as you seen on the guest book is our Jeff Baker. He is very kindle sending some photograghs to me which as he said was of Singapore and Malaya. At the end of March I shall be publishing the list for the reunion. You will then of course be able see who is coming to the Last Suppe. If you have booked and you do not want your name published, then contact me by whatever means to delete your name. I am still security minded. On that note you DUKW Lads, stay well we meet in October. Thank you Jeff.
I was No 1 on 79YP00, A1,on flood relief NE Malaya, cannot remember dates, flew up in Bev, back by train (took 3 days) Bob Card and Dave Miller also there, cannot remember other crew. LT Barnard was o/ic. I have a number of photos from Singapore/ Malaya if required please let me know. regards
Just been speaking to Edna and John Weston in Byford, Western Australia. They are both keeping very well and enjoying 31c today. John told me that their summer had been the hottest in 20 years. 41c. they both stayed indoors during that red hot sunshine. John did say it was nice in the mornings at round 0730hrs. They both send their regards to all and wish everyone a good and friendly reunion. On that note, stay well you DUKW Lads they are thinking of us all over world. What a family.
For Peter Walkington Happy Birthday for the 2nd
Hop you have a great day not too much of the Dortmunder Pete
Sorry, I have just been informed that another six (6) have been booked in, therefore we now have 56 accommodated. We should make one hundred, if not more. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
I did receive my return from the Hotel and I am delighted to type that we now have 50 booked for our reunion in October. I did inform you that the rooms would go quickly. There are of course 30 rooms still available, but you will need to book early to avoid disappointment. It will not cost you to book your accommodation. Stay well you DUKW Men, we will meet in October for the Last Supper.
A quick update on the plaques, I have this morning spoken to the supplier and he is trying to get them out on or about the 14 March. Also, thank you Colin Proffitt for your cheque. You sent me fifty pence extra. Tomorrow I shall receive my Hotel update so watch this space tomorrow. Stay well you DUKW Lads, we meet in October.
For information of all Ex Boys. As you are no doubt aware, the ex boys of the late 50s and early 60s are having a get together on Thursday 18th October. Mike Ross has kindly agreed to this taking place. In an attempy to make the evening go off well, I am producing an album of photographs which will be available to all on the night. Ossy has sent me a few and i have recived one or two others from old lads. I am asking for you to go through your old photo's and send me copies of them by e mail. Please do not send them by normaal mail as they may get lost in the post. Most of us treasure them and they are irreplaceable.
I would help if you could give a little background to each photo with dates and names where possible. I anyone has problems with copntacting me by e mail, call me at home. My number is in the staff list. Its notlong untill October. Keep well you DUKW lads.
Hello Alan. Thank you for your entry on the site. This get together will be the first and I am delighted that Alan and Taff are getting it off the ground. As you know we had so many of the Lads posted to Fremington which will, I hope, have a good attendance over our weekend. Stay well ARJB and also the DUKW Lads. We meet soon.
Tiny Cookman and Taff Mayer informed me of a Boys Service Junior Leaders Reunion. I live in Sicily but would love to keep intouch with any of the EX BOYS 1957-60's.
Sorry all plaques are now sold in the second batch which was ordered.I shall order more when I recieve more orders. The Hotel bookings are going well and I shall give you all an up date at the end of February. So stay well you DUKW Lads we will sit down to dinner together as a DUKW family in nine (9) months today.
Hi Taff My phone no 01789295950/mob07585958209, E-mail email@example.com Will contact you soon. best wishes
For Vic Roberts: No you are not late. Hope you have enclosed your home address and telephone number. If not, call me tomorrow after 1600hrs. Must play golf tomorrow ready for the start of the season. Play well you DUKW golfers, we are playing during our reunion. For All:Stay well, keep warm you DUKW Lads we meet in October.
Hi Mike, cheque is in the post, hope I'm not too late. Best wishes too everyone.
For All:I have two(2 plaques left. Be quick as this may be the last I shall order as they only come in tens. Stay well DUKW Lads, the reunion is just months away.
For William Thomas Lewis. Were you posted out to Christmas Island. Please email with your home number for a chat. Stay well you DUKW Man we would all like to hear your stories from 1957. We meet in October.
Fremington Camp 1957
For Terry Peters, cheque arrived today, thanks. Also in advance thanks to Ozzy and Johnny for your cheques in the post. For Ray Sayle: please email me your home telephone number as I am trying to cotact you. Stay well you DUKW Lads, we meet in October.
Hi Taff Cheque is in the post, regards to all, The Old Age Traveller, Ossy.
For: George Webb, thanks for your cheque. For: Vic Roberts send a cheque for £38.50 and I shall have it posted to your home. Please also send your home address and telephone number. My address is on the staff list. For: Des Phipps, email me soonest as I only have two plaques left in this order. A total of 44 people have booked in the Hotel as for today, 11 february 2012. Stay well you DUKW Lads October is not far away.
Room booked for the reunion for both Averil and myself, look forward to it as usual
Taff if you have anymore plaques I would like one please, I await your reply.
Thank you Jack MCKee and Dave Walker, your cheques arrived today. Stay well you DUKW Lads its just nine months before we meet.
For Terry Peters. I shall telephone you. Also, I send you a staff list. For Des Phipps: email me on firstname.lastname@example.org I shall require your home address for the plaque and I can send you a copy of our staff list as you are one of us. (A DUKW MAN) Stay well all you DUKW Lads, we meet in October.
to taff ross sorry i hadnt replied, note new email address,no i cant make it to the reunion wish i could.could i order a plaque please taff
Taff Help!! I have the cheque ready. Cannot find your address. Can you e-mail it to me as an attachment?
The second batch of ten (10) plaques are ordered. In that ten I have two spare. Once completed, they can be sent direct to your home address. The hotel numbers are growing and evening the numbers for the dinner night looks are increasing. I have just gone SKYPE for the first time. My call sign is dukwman18coy. Stay well you DUKW Lads, we meet in very soon.
For Terry Peters. Done, Will contact you later for cheque. For all Lads: I only need 3 more orders for the next ten (10) plaques. Thanks to Ozzy for your call.Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon
The Memsahib and I are booked into the Hotel for the 'Last Supper'. Liked the plaque. may I place an order for one ?
Message for Ex Boys who served in 18 (Amph) Sqn/Coy. As you are aware, Mike Ross has kindly consented to a reunion of Ex Boys wishing to attend it. I know that anumber of us at 18 (Amph) Sqn were Ex Boys and will be attending the reunion anyway. However, I have been approached by a number of ex boys who were not members of 18 (Amph). A numbwer of them have already booked into the hotel on the Thurs evening. The manager has indicated that a maximun of about 50 will fit into the dining room on offer. Therefore, may I ask for those who intend to sit down to dinner on Thurs with the rest of the ex boys to let me know by e mail or phone (contained in the staff list) in order that we can keep a record of numbers. This would assist Mike, the manager of the hotel and myself to get it right on the night.
Stay well you DUKW lads. See you in October.
Today I spoke with Manager of the Barnstaple Hotel and he has given premission for Camper Vans to be paked at the back of the Hotel. Note Ozzy,Slim and any other who wish to park at the Hotel. Personnel who are dining on any night who are not accmmodated will pay £27 per head. However, on Saturday because it is our dinner night you will only have to pay £25 per head. I hope this information is clear. If you have a problem call me. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in October
For Dave Munslow, thank you, cheque has arrived. Many thanks. For Ozzy where ever you are!! Please send me a cheque for £38.50 for your plaque. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in October.
For: John Brooks. I have sent you my telephone number. Please call me. For: George Webb. You are in the next order of ten. Will call you later. Hope you are enjoying Spain. Stay well you DUKW Lads. We meet in October.
Name: John Brooks
Message: Absolutely over joyed to find this web site did not know it existed, I was stationed at fremington back in 1957 to 1960, please help I would like to find any imfo on any thing relating to fremington personal during those years. I used to be Major Heathcotes driver.
Add a plaque for me Mike........Thank you mate.
Just received my return from the Hotel. A total of 38 have booked already. Three of which are for Saturday Night Dinner as they live local. Stay well you DUKW Lads, we have a reunion starting on the 18th October.
Sorry the date should show 19th and not 29th in my last entry for the visit to Instow.!!!!!!!!!Stay well You DUKW Lads.
Don't know whether you have seen this site, some interesting photos www.dukws.co.uk
Very important Information with reference to the visit to Instow. The programme for Friday 29th October at Instow will commence around 1030hrs. You may need to book the Hotel from the 18th October if you have a great distance to travel to the Hotel. This is an opportunity to enjoy the DUKWs for the last time. For: Alan (Tiny) Cookman and Peter Reader, thanks for your cheques, you both got the amount wrong. I shall charge you interest in October. Alan, thanks for the information, I shall email Alex. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet soon.
Thank you Mark for your kind words. We are infact returning again this October for our last visit. It will of course allow the DUKW Lads who did not make it last time to get their last trip in. For: Des Phipps, can you make our reunion in October. For George Webb: thank you for the information. Did you want a new plaque. For Colin Proffitt: Thank you Colin for the order. Will contact you later with reference to payment etc. The Hotel is filling up very well. Already 26 rooms are booked. Stay well you DUKW Lads. We meet soon.
des phipps to mike ross iremember ray tiltman of workshops also sam sydenham and bill berry both lived localwe moved over the water to braunton take care mike thanks
Dear all, What a nice web site you have, I am the Royal Marine who was the only DUKW driver still serving until last year and I hosted some of your members on my DUKW for your 2010 reunion. I must say it was a pleasure to look after you all. Thank you
Hi Mike, would you please order me a plaque and let me know what I owe you and I will send a cheque. Thanks. Colin and Barbara
For Mike: Hotel booked today for Trudi and myself. Add to list, plus ex Junior Leaders Dinner.
Sorry my spelling in my last is discussing. Do not slam the door!! Sorry Ray no ties left. Thanks to Dan Chandler and John (Geordie) Routledge, cheque and cash arrived today (Monday) I have four orders for the next bach of plaques. I need another six to complete the next order. Stay well you DUKW Lads its less than nine months away when we meet.
For: Ray Sayle and Johnny Greenaway, plaques are ordered in the next batch along with Dave Walker. I shall contact you later for cheques etc. Ray, sorry not tis left and I can only order 25 at a time. Stay well you DUKW Lads. We meet in October.
Mike, Please order me a plaque. They look really good also could you get me a tie if they are available. Please let me know the total cost and I will send you a cheque immediatly. Looking forward to October, Stay well everybody.
For: Ray Hutchings, Bill Pryor and Don Turner cheques arrived Saturday Morning. Thank you all. Stay well you DUKW Lads. We meet in October.
For Dave Walker, you are in the next batch of 10. Will contact you later for the cheque. As the last order it will be sent to your home. For Dave Munslow, You plaque will arrive on or about 3 April. Stay well you DUKW Lads. WE meet in October.
For Des Phipps. I spoke to Ray Chimes about you today, and he thinks he remembers you from the fifties. Stay well DUKW Man. Get in contact.
Taff please put me down for a plaque.
Good news has just arrived at my location. The visit to Instow has been confirmed by the OC Major Congreve subject to operational commitment in October. On your behalf I have invited him and his partner to dinner on the Saturday night as our guests. He is due a posting from his command so he may not be able to accept. Also today the Barnstaple Hotel informed me that 16 rooms have been booked already for our reunion. This is very encouraging because I would love to have at least 100+ plus to the reunion. On the plaque information I have now received 11 orders which will be sent directly to the homes of people who have ordered. Ozzy, I shall retain yours of course. I shall put out an update programme later in the year when I have further information of our visit etc. Stay well you DUKW Lads. We meet in October.
For Peter and Danny. Plaques are ordered. I shall telephone you as I am intending to send the plaques to the Lads directly. Stay well you DUKW Lads. We meet in October.
Taff Put me down for a plaque
i was at fremington with 116co in 1952 the company had lvt 4s as well as dukws any one else remember.
Mike, Hope I,m not too late but I would very much like to have one of the plaques. Thankyou.
Check out the new plaque (shield) on the home page. Scroll down. Stay well you DUKW Lads we meet in October
Hi Taff lad. Booked the hotel today, looking forward to the event. Do you require a new design on the clothing? I have one or two ideas if your interested.
Take care you DUKW lads.
Sorry another. Already we have twenty six people have booked. May I remind you that there are only sixty rooms in the hotel. Book early to avoid the rush. Stay well you DUKW lads.
New Staff List for members of the DUKW family. Gentlemen, I am in the process of typing up a new list for our reunion. To complete this task I require please any change of addresses, home or mobile telephone numbers. For security reasons, I will not pass any details about any person or persons who are listed on the Staff List. Stay well you DUKW lads we meet very soon.
Room booked, both Michelle and I really looking forward to meeting up with everyone again, roll on October. Keep well DUKW people.
No Friday I received a telephone call from Ian Munday the Plaque maker. The drawings should be with me in a week to ten days time. I shall publish the drawings before any orders are taken. This time I have incorporated dolphin and sword with the DUKW below the both. The scroll is 116.18 Coy.18 Sqn RASC . RCT. Stay well you DUKW Lads, we will meet in October 2012.
All booked up for October. Put me down for a Sqn plaque when you order them please.
Looking forward to the reunion
For Mike Ross.I have imformed Tom Gally about Last Supper. Pete
Hi DUKW Lads. Now that the dates are confirmed would you please pass on details to other DUKW lads as I do not have every ones email address. Some have changed their email address since 2010. I shall be sending out letters to those I think did not receive my email. We have 12 bookings already and its only January. Stay well you DUKW Lads and Ladies, we will see each other in October 2012.
Hotel booked roll on the Reunion
I have booked my room for the last supper hope to see you all thier
Hello All DUKW lads: The Barnstaple Hotel will take your booking as of now. You can book dor dinner only or accommodation. See 2012 Reunion page for further details. More information to follow. Stay well you DUKW lads and our Ladies, we will meet again in October.
Hi all DUKW lads. Brain is now in gear and the planning has began. Programme of events will be as follows: Thursday 18th October 2012, arrive Barnstaple Hotel, Dinner night for the Borden and Tauton Lads. Friday 19th October Vist. TBC. Social dinner evening. Saturday 20th October, Dinner night 1900hrs for 1930hrs. Sunday 21st October RTH. (return to Home) There will be a follow up to this entery. Do not book the Hotel until the next instruction (Part one orders) has been published and displayed. Stay well you DUKW lads. We meet in October 2012.
Happy New Year to one and all. Nice to read through the messages. Taff was dead right in his comments. WE WERE SPECIAL AT FREMINGTON. Best of wishes from sunny Yorkshire.
Barbara and I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and hopeall your wishes come true. Colin Proffitt
Best wishes to all my old 18 Company Mates, and very Happy New Year.
Stock up now Ossie, beer is going up, bugger!
Happy new year to all you lads & lasses, (mustn't leave them out) Keep them wheels turning Ossie my old mate, I should be down at the Three Squirels in Wiltshire June 29th to the 1st July in the canvass hotel with the BSA club.
Kind regards John. (Mick) for Ossie
A Happy New Year To you all, from the Old Age Traveller, Ossy.
Wishing everyone A merry Christmas and A Happy,Prosperous and Healthy New Year.
Merry Christmas one and all and may the New Year bring you health, wealth and happiness
Merry Christmas to everyone and a prosperous NewYear,looking forward to our reunion.
Merry Christmas and A very Happy New Year to everyone, have a great time, stay safe, cant wait till October to everyone again. All the best Bill and Michelle.
A very happy xmas and prospros new year to one and all
Merry Christmas and a Happy New to everyone. Hope that come October we will see the same turnout as last and as good a time to be had by all. Stay well and lucky till we meet again.
I would like to thank each and every one who has phoned me or contacted me through the Guestbook in respectof the Model DUKW. Ray Hutchings has kindly allowed me to borrow his one for a few months. Have a good Christmas and stay well you DUKW lads.
Happy christmas and a good new year to all
Hi Tiny, Ive got one that you can borrow, its a Dinky, just let me know when you want it for.
From Tiny Cookman to anyone wo can help me with a ittle problem. I need to geth hold of a metal die cast replica of a DUKW. If anyone knows where I can get hold of one or, indeed, if you know of anyone who has one It would be very much appreciated. If someone has one and is prepared to let me borrow it for about three months I promise to reimburse all postage or carriage costs. I cannot give a reason for this request on line, but will explain myself if you care to phone me. The reason will be made apparent later in the year. All the very best for Xmas and the new year. Stay safe you DUKW lads. See you all next year God willing.
Sorry, there was one or two words left out in the last post and I'm not sure how or why it has happened. The words missing are: like, as in if anyone would like a brace. The other being: Myself after Gillian. & kind regards to all the DUKW lads.
Hi All. Had a phone call from my old traveler mate Ossy Osbourne last night, he tells me he is doing very well but is having trouble getting on the site, web site that is, I know he's been kicked off a few other sites but it's this one he was on about. Unfortunately, Ossy has had to have his little companion put down but other than that he said that he is o.k. He wishes everyone a Happy Christmas & a prosperous new year and is looking forwardto seeing all at the next reunion.
Last time Ossy was here, he sold me a sprig of lucky heather, the next day I fell over and broke my arm in several places, he also gave me a rabbits foot for good luck, I thought, that was very nice of him till I caught Myxomatosis. He tells me that the willow flowers are selling very well now, he also thinks he may have one or two pheasants oven ready for Christmas if anyone would a brace, it all depends on the place he that he camps near the woods.
Enough frivolity, Happy Christmas to one and all from Gillian
A Merry Chrismas & a Happy & Health New Year to all DUKW boys. Hope to see you in Oct 2012
For Pete Osbourne.
Peter, I want to speak with you fairly urgently and have sent you a couple of e mails but with no reply. I don't have a mobile number for you so I am trying through the Guestbook. It may be of interest to your brother who was the RSM of 8 Regt. Give me a ring if you pick this up or e mail me mate.#
Great to read the Guest Book while away on our holiday. Joyce and I would like to wish you all a Nadolig Llawen & a Blwyddn Newydd Dda. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Be kind, love one another, be happy and stay well you DUKW Lads.
Tiny, that's a great Idea and I for one would love to be there to see all my buddies from that era, also the last supper, unfortunately, I will be in England from June to July and another trip over in October would be stretching the purse a bit thin, if I don't make it, I hope its as good a time as I had last reunion and that all enjoy the Get together, great memories.
All the best for Christmas and have a great new year.
Regards to all. Foxy
I think the message board is quiet because little seems to get through, certainly my messges of late have not. Happy Christmas and a lucky new year to all. I am an Ex-Bordon Junior Leader too, add my name to the aditional re-union list please. Go easy all you Biker Boys!
Babs and i would like to wish all you DUKW lad a merry Xmas and a happy new year and hope to see you all in OCT 2012
not 1 for fancy messages ave a great xmas and a better new year to all
Reunion of Ex Boys and J.Leaders from the late 50s and early 60s who served at Fremington.
I have been approached by Ken Maher and other non 18 Sqn ex boys with a view of setting up an informal reunion of those who served at Bordon or Taunton As you are aware, 18 Amph Sqn and Air Despatch were the two main postings after Yeovil. So we had a high incidence of boys. I have spoken to Mike Ross and he has kindly agreed that he would have no objection if we hold it on the Thursday before our last supper. Mike also invited those non 18 Sqn lads to stay on and join our do over the weekend. Anyone wanting more information, please contact me through the forum or by e mail. This may be our last chance lads.
Ray Sayle, I received your cheque yesterday. Many thanks. This forum seems very quite of late, has everyone gone to ground? or sold their PCs? There must be quite a lot out there somewhere, as the ministary recons that theres several gone missing, Ossy my old mate have you got any going cheap? Ha Ha Ha.
Take care you DUKW lads regards to all.
John Micheal, I seen your message of 17.11.11 and I was quite surprised as I sent a cheque for the full amount on the 7th Oct. My daughter has confirmed that it has not cleared from her account up to 15.11.11, so she will cancel it and will give me another which Iwill send recorded delivery on monday 21st. I have tried to contact you and have left messages on your answerphone. I do not know what happened, But I do apolagise for the inconvenience. I would like my Condolances passed on to Gordon Asbury's Family. I am looking forward to meeting everyone again in 11 months time [this time thing seems to go faster than ever]. Best wishes to all DUKW boys and have very Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
I am the eldest son of 22200955 Robert Alfred Crampton who served on Christmas island during Operation Grapple and then was at 10 Port Squadron (Singapore) for the wind down in 1968. My Dad passed away 15 years ago and it would be great to contact anyone who served with him. Fremington played an important part in his life for reasons I am aware of and I was at the camp yesterday. Grateful for any contact.
Bob Crampton (jnr)
Well we will see if I can leave a message today, so far I have been unlucky and unable to post. Ray Sayle can you please contact me re your outstanding account, as I have not heard anything from you and I have tried to contact you by phone.
Ossy my old mate have you been flogging the pegs and willow flowers? if you have any lucky heather, I could sure use some at the moment.
Take care you DUKW lads.
Kind regards John.
I read this news while we are away in Florida. What a sock Jyce and I had while reading the Guestbook. Thank you Danny for adding this sad information to our Guestbook. He will be sadley missed at our next reunion which he was to attend if he had been well enough to travel. RIP DUKW MAN. We will all meet again when we take that lonely road. Takecare and stay well you DUKW men, see you all next October.
Can I add my sentiments along with Dan, and pass my condolences to all of Gordon,s family, I shall not forget his attendance at last years reunion, which to me speaks volumes, in how important they are. Old Soldiers Never Die They Just Fade Away RIP, Ossy.
Re our Chelsea Pensioner William Gordon Asbury it is with great sadness that I have been informed that he passed away on 12 September 2011. RIP Gordon.
Re Dave Peacock. I was with 116 when the tragic accident happened. I have a picture of Dave posing with what I believe was a successer to the DUKW known as P8.
Some time back, a couple of years or so, I sent some photos from the early 60s but could not find them published. If you can tell me how, I will upload the P* and Dave Peacock.
Regards David Lee ex REME 116
Hi Geordie, I seem to have encountered problems trying to post on the site, I spent a long while composing several messages, without success, hopefully this one might come through okay, though I,ve done nothing different, whatever old pal, I,m looking forward to next years Reunion, when we can all meet up again, just to let everyone know, I,m well and fine on my travels, regards to all, Ossy, The Old Age Traveller.
Hi Mike can you please add myself and Joan for the 2012 reunion many thanks
Thank you John. Met up with Peter Hepworth the other day. Like us all, he is now retired. Having found the web site he will keep in touch. If anyone would like to contact him please email me for contact number. He is now on the Staff List. Photographs soon. Stay well you DUKW Lads see you all in 12 months.
Message for Jack Mckee. Are you still out there Jack?? I have tries to e mail you about five times without reply and I can't get hold of you on Skype Getting a bit worried as you were not to well last time we spoke. Gt back to me mate. Phone or Skype. Staay well all you DUKW lads.
Made contact with Peter Hepworth today. Thanks john for the info. tay well you DUKW Lads we will meet again,
Taff pleas put me no the reunion list for 2012
all the best Pete
To Mike Taff Ross, please put Averil and I on the list for next years reunion, looking forward to it, see you then.
To John Micheal, Thanks for sending the polo and sweat shirts.plase let me know the total cost including p+p and i will get a cheque off to you right away. Mike i hope you will be able to fix a reapeat visit i really enjoyed that, and the whole weekend and i am sure everyone else did. I will contact you re. a tie in Jan. I hope that i am able to attend in fact i am looking forward to it.Best wishes to all who served with 116/18coy/sqdn. I have recoverd well from my problems earlier in the year. all the best Ray.
Hi Taff lad. Put me and Gillian down to attend, I am unable to say whether we will arrive on Thursday or Friday yet. I hope that the Last Supper Mk1 will be as successfull as the Final Fling was. We are all very gratefull for your arranging and organising these events, I know how difficult it can be with organising the motorbiking events. Thanks Mike.
All the best DUKW lads
INFORMTION: The Final Fling visit went extremely well and all who attend the day I am sure enjoyed it immensely. Doing a little home in preparation for the “Last Supper” there is a strong possibility that during the “Last Supper” I shall be able to re-run the same visit again on the Friday 19th October 2012. Because Fremington Camp is well on its way in becoming a housing estate a visit to the old location is out of the question. You will of course be able to have a look in providing the roads are laid. So at the moment I am looking at the following. Arrive Thursday 18th October 2012, Visit on the 19th October 2012, Golf for the budding Darren Clarke’s, (I met him) on the Saturday with the dinner on the Saturday night, disperse on the Sunday morning. I would appreciate comments and maybe your attendance for this weekend. I am able to obtain ties and I shall take orders in January 2012. (Not before please). So, stay well you DUKW Lads we will be meeting again in October 2012.
Isee that Iam not the only one to have problems with the BT over 18 Coy RASCit has sorted its self out now all the best DUKW lads see you all in2012
Hi Ray. I have put your order in this morning for the three Polo's & two sweat shirts, the price now is polo's £7-25 each & sweat shirts are £8-00 each. As soon as I get them I will send them out to you & let you know the total including postage & packing. Has anyone any idea where Ossie is now, he must be making a fortune with them clothes pegs, silk ribbon & willow flowers? All the best to you DUKW lads.
Good to see that Richard Fox has found the site again, I hve also had some problems but I think it is my computer I kept getting A BT website advert,but I have it sorted now. John Micheal I would like 3 polos 2 sweatshirts xtra large dark blue if poss. but not too worried about the colour. Has anybody got any thoughts on the David Peacock situation? I hesitated on contacted the family due to the facts as I knew them. Stay well all you Amphibs. Yes Mike time is going so fast it's A job keeping up with it.
Found it again. I tried a lot of things including typing in 18 Coy, to no avail. To-day was the same result so I decided to type in my Coy before I went to Fremington (20 Coy Regents Park) and Low and Behold up came 18 coy with it, amazing!!! Anyway, now I can keep abreast of things going on. Hope to get over next year.
Yes Colin, I did get very wet over the torrential rain we experienced at the open. But I thoroughly enjoyed being part of it and seeing Darren Clarke picking up the famous claret jug. The celebrities’ attending the Open was another experience for me during the week. If anyone has the opportunity to marshal at any sporting event just go and offer your services. You do get looked after by a small reward. On a different note, I have received several emails from Richard (Foxy) Fox from down under saying he cannot get on the site. For John, Can you advise on this problem? Stay well you DUKW lads the time is flying by so we will meet again for our “Last Supper”.
For Mick Ross-I watched the golf religiously over the weekend and boy I bet you got wet. I kept a look out for you but no luck. Shame the weather was bad but a very deserving winner.
Bob Rastrick. A belated Happy birthday to you,its now on my comp so ready for next year
all the best see you in 2012 Pete
Thanks Taff for letting my age out but you forgot Bob Rastrick he is 72 hours older then me and you are playing catch up ha ha Thank Pete i did have a good day just a few beers as you do.
Does anyone have an e-mail address for Ray Chimes (Ding Dong) I have a photo for him and I cant pick up an address for him anywhere.
Regards to all. Foxy.
Ossie, we must get our heads to-gether next year, had my Daughter with me last time, so I had to be reasonably well behaved. Foxy.
As I am away at the Golf open this coming week. So I would like to wish Dave Munslow best wishes happy birthday for Monday 11th July. I do believe he will be 67. Sorry Dave they come round every year. Stay well you DUKW men; we will all be meeting next year.
Ray Sayle glad to see that have made a good recovery and yes the polo shirts & sweat shirts are still available, colour & size please. Happy birthday to Vic & Don, that Taff Ross keeps on give away all your secrets doesn't he? little devil, we will have to lethim off though otherwise he won't organise any more reunions. Ha Ha.
All the best lads, take care.
Happy birthday DON, have a great day se you in 2012 Pete
Does anyone recall two lads called Jimmy Parsons and Sid Lee? Based at Fremington and/or Instow 1953-1955 poss. Uncles of mine would like to follow history. Sid poss retired W/ O but good shot with Rifle? Uncle Jim conscripted.
Sid regular army I think!
Well today my telephone has not stopped. Ken Maher telephoned me and sends his regards to all who may know him. Them Alex Blyth telephoned and he also send his best wishes to all who know him. I telephoned Peter Walkington this afternoon and I found him in good order. While I and tapping the keys, I would like to send our best wishes to Don Turner and Vic Roberts who will be celebrating their birthdays on Friday next. Don is 69 and Vic 64 ish!. Stay well you DUKW lads we will be meeting again.
re the request for information on Cpl Dave Peacock, I did know him and I think he,:Taffy Quail and Neville Heath? lost their lives when A LVT3 was swamped at sea also i think that Cpl Jim? Breward or similar name swam to shore with one other although my memory is not perfect on this as I may have been away. I did attend 2 military funerals. I am in cotact with Toy Baker who was on Christmas Island with Taffy Quaile and I will ask him if he has any information on Dave Peacock. For John Micheal can you let me know the availability and prices for 2 polo and 1 sweat shirt, thank you. I have recovered from my problems quite well but the osteo-arthritis wont go away! But I am coping well and looking forward to meeting everyone at the 'Last Supper'.I wish everybody all the best. Iwent to the Evesham Military vehicle show there were 2 DUKW's on show one was in the colours of the American CeaBea's and the other in standard British colours Both well restored and immaculate' allthough unfort
Hi all can anyone recall a Cpl David Peacock ex Fremington and Christmas Island his Grand Daughter is looking for info and photographs of him contact terry Frost at email@example.com
Ossy boy, It was very nice to see you old mate, as you know you are always welcome and was very glad that Taffy could come over and see you also, just to give you the added surprise but the pub wants to know how long its going to be before you collect the horse you left staked out, as their getting fed up with clearing all the shite away & the vet is threatening to take legal action. ha ha ha.
Seriously though, I hope you enjoyed your nostagic trip around Whitstable and hope you had some wonderful memories. All the best mate, until next time.
John (Mick) Michael.
Recently I visited my old pal Mick Michaels and Gillian,who,d arranged for Taff and Joyce to be there,it,s taken a time to respond, but can I now say a big thanks to them all, it was a great surprise and time for me, and once again very comforting to have such friends to call on, best wishes,Ossy "The Old Age Traveller"
Oops. Nearly missed it Colin. Been away in Scotland for a few days for a mini reunion (13 Sqn lads). Happy Birthday mate. Have a good time. See you next year. Stay safe and well all you DUKW lads.
Thanks to all those who havge set me birthday wishes for next Sunday. Barbara and I have just returned from Portugal after a smashing two weeks and are now planning another two in September. If only my Lottery numbers would come up - we would be moving there tomorrow. Hope everyone is OK. Regards Colin and Barb.
Happy birthday, Colin Profitt born 5th June 1944, John Routledge born 3rd June 1946 (Pension time) amd Malcolm Deis born 1st June 1948. Have a great day you DUKW Lads. See you all next year. Stay well Lads we will meet againd. October 2012.
For collin Proffitt
happy birthday for the 5th June (had to get it in early so Geordie could vet it) Have a great day see you in 2012
happy birthday on the 31 not too much of the newcastle amber or brown. Have a great day see you in 2012 Pete
Mike. That was not me that had a little tea party but the Whitstable twinning association, of which I am a member & Gillian is the Secretary, it was very nice to see you both there, its just a shame I could not spend more time with my old mate Ossy but having German guests at the time made it a little more difficult. Not to worry mate, next time we will have a session to write home about, btw, did I tell you that I have found you a site that is great, quite close?
Who nicked all the scones anyway?
Take care you lads.
The former Fremington Army Camp site has been sold, it has been announced.
Fremington Developments LLP has announced it has purchased the Ministry of Defence property and Defence Estates confirmed the sale went through on December 21.
The 42 acre site is allocated on the local plan for residential development. The North Devon Council plan mentions some 200 dwellings, including at least 50 affordable homes. It also refers to office and light industry plus recreation and open space and associated community facilities.
A statement from the buyers said: "Fremington Developments LLP is looking forward to working with the local community through the consultation process to develop a worthwhile and considered scheme."
Supporters still say that if the camp is developed, it should be affordable housing for the local young people of the area although other suggestions for the camp include using it as a countryside park, a military museum or for recovering soldiers returning from
Yesterday it was a Kent reunion. John Michael had a little tea party with lots of cakes. Who was there! our Ossy and his dog called Poppy. Both JM and Ossy are very well, and we all enjoyed our little get together in Whitstable. Stay well you DUKW Lads. We will meet again.
to norman coulson many thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
DVD received safely and was much appreciated. Job very well done on all fronts, Cover Print, Titles and editing shame about some of the subjects (lol). Your requested drink will be on the bar at the next reunion. Thanks again.
For Pat Scully. Great news for you all. Go off and enjoy you anniversaries we will see you all next year. There will be a new trophy for the golf on the Saturday. Give our regards to Rex, Ian and their good Ladies. Stay well you DUKW Lads. We will meet again.
Hi Taff, Have not been on the site recently as I have been organising our Big year, Penny and I are going to be 65 and it is our 40th Wedding Anniversary, Rex Ward and Ian Mackie have also been married for the same time am up so I guess we boys have staying power (or just plain daft). I am certainly up for the golf next year and could bring the throphy if you want to make it a feature of all future reunions. Stay lucky guys.
Hi Ossy boy, nice to see you can still get on the site. Give me a bell, usually the evening is the best time to catch us as you know you are always welcome here mate. Gillian doesn't want any pegs but if you have some of the carved willow flowers she will take half a dozen and a lenth of coloured silk ribon ha ha ha
Take care mate & drive safely, see you soon.
Regards to all the rest of you DUKW boys.
It appears you can only post a certain amount in one message, so to carry on where I left off:- and hopefully visit John(Mick)Michaels and Gillian, see you soon Mick.
John(Geordie)I have some photos I scanned at the time of the Reunion to pass onto to you belonging to Johhny Johnson who wished to have them posted on site, sorry its taken me so long will forward them ASAP, they are of his early days at Fremington.
Too many names I haven,t mentioned, but regards and wishes to all of "18 AMPH" I,ll be in touch with you all at some point, the site and all who have shown their concern for my welfare, has been a great comfort to me, long may our contact last,Ossy.
Thought it was time to let all know, that I,m still about safe and well, enjoying life and my travels around the country. So far I,ve stayed on campsites, friends and family,s property and driveways,and attended rallies with my camping friends, usually very close to the nearest "PUB". A few weeks ago I visited and stayed in Rotherfied with our old mate and pal "Wicky and wife Mary" who not only fed me but also kindly did my dirty laundry items, thats friends for you, nothing was too much trouble for them, not only that somehow whilst visiting the local, I ended up in the company and buying a pint of Guinness for her, and drink for her husband, who,d already bought me one, the daughter of my 50/60s hero ELVIS PRESLEY, Lisa Marie! and actually shook hands when it was time to leave, I,m so glad I,m an "Old Age Traveller" I feel a very lucky person at this time in my life, the weather and light nights are very much a bonus also. I plan, all being well, to make my way down to Kent shortly a
For next years reunion, would you golfers like another competition. I have started to think of a programme. I am very early I know but I need the time as I shall be seventy next year like other lads I know in and around the Barnstaple area. Stay well you DUKW lads, we will meet again.
Many thanks John. I can confirm that I received the DVD OK. The photos went in the post yesterday.
Many thanks to Bill Prior, John Michael, Iain Bamber, Mike Ross and all the other kind persons who rang or sent cards on my birthday. I had a greeat days with all the children, grand children and others attending the celebrations. John, I never got really falling down drunk byt admit to having one or two to many. (you are still welcome after wickstead mate). I hope to see you all again next year. Take great care until then you DUKW lads.
Tiny: belated happy birthday mate, I hope you managed to stay upright for this momentous occasion & seeing that I am senior to you by one year I cannot have you swaying me into drunkeness on my return from Wicksteed park in June, well maybe you could with a drop of CC ha ha ha. For John Routledge, Thanks mate got my disc yesterday good stuff.
Take care you DUKW lads.
Tiny, have a great birthday, congratulations to making the 70 mark, all the best Bill
Taff, I have no religious problems with Last Suppers, being one of those who fears for the church roof everytime I enter, but who will volunteer to wash whose feet on the night? Or have I missedf something here? Moving on. As a long time collector of medals, I support your feelings on the NDM. That said, our troops are now sporting a considerable array of clinking stuff nowadays - mainly UN/NATO - but even so, I'm glad I'm not in their shoes. Rather than bang on about the NDM, how about recognition for the Golden Jubilee or the one coming up in 2012 for those of us who have supported the reign and are still around? Just a thought....A belated Happy 70th Tiny - Lord love us we're all into extra time now! Keep taking the pills guys, Iain B
Last I was telephoned by a man who is pushing hard to get the National Defence Medal (NDM)for all who have served in the armd forces since 1945. New Zealand forces have now been issued as the formal approval by Her Majesty the Queen was signed a few days ago. Canada and Australia service personnel have been issued with the NDM.The question I asked, are we in the commonwealth!!!!!!. Sorry lads we have no money in this country we give so much away to other commonwealth counties.Anyway, stay well you DUKW lads, we will meet again with or without you NDM.
My research into the Last Supper is as follows:
In John's Gospel, the Cambridge University is correct in saying the Last Supper was before the Passover meal. But Jesus chose to hold his Last Supper as a Passover meal according to an earlier Jewish calendar. The Last Supper was therefore on Wednesday, 1 April AD33, according to the standard Julian calendar used by historians. This was also before his crucifixion. Therefore, you DUKW men there is nothing wrong in holding our Last Supper on a Saturday Night. People have been discussing this for years, so who cares. Stay well lads, we will meet again.
It's great to see that we are still out and about. The Forum was so quietI got quite worried. For John Michael. John call in on your way back from Wickstead Park. We can do a bit of damage to my bottle of Canadian Club. It will be nice to see you and anyone else in my area. For Mike Ross. Thank you for remembering my birthday mate. And there I was thimking no one cared!!. Now I have reached the three score and ten everything else is a bonus. Stay well lads until next October at any rate.
update on last entry you will have to copy the web address and past it into your web browser good hunting Geordie
To watch a preview of the DVD click on the link below its a bit complicated make sure you only download reunion 2010 it should take about 5 min to download the quality is poor as i have had to reduce the file size once you have downloaded the file play with windows media player.
have finaly been able to produce a DVD of the 2010 Reunion if you would like a copy email me your name and address and I will send to you firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello every one. Just a few comments. Delighted Ray has returned from down under.You must take it easy Ray, you are not 31 any more. There has been an earthquake in Queensland. Townsville. Do not worry Ray about seeing Richard Fox, he will be attending the "Last Supper". I was speaking to John (Geordie) Routledge the other day and he informed me that the site was being hit regularly. Over 10,000 times since the last reunion. I have started planning for our next reunion which of course is a long way off in days, but, just around the corner in months. (18). I shall after the festive season give all the details and update one and all on the admin and costing etc. I am looking at lots of ideas for this reunion as I will want to make it a success like the final fling. Whilst I am tapping the keys I would like to wish Bill Pryer a very happy birthday on Monday 18th April and also happy birthday to Alan (Tiny) Cookman on the 20th April. Best wishes you DUKW men have a good da
Hi Ray, Nice to hear from you but its a shame that your trip in Ausie went tits up mate. The answer to your question is yes shirts and other products are still readily available I believe there may be a slight increase in price since last orders but nothing too drastic. If anyone wants any items please let me know, this is good quility stuff at a good price. Ring or e-mail me.
Regards to all John Michael
Sorry I have not been looking at the forum lately as I am so busy trying to organise a surprise 50th birthday party for Gillian on St Georges day, plus, I have allowed myself to get roped into organising the BSA open day rally which is to be held at Wicksteed park Kettering, if any of our motcycling fraternity wants to attend, it is on the 3rd -5th June. Now I realise how much work that young Taff has to do, organising the reunions.
Stay well you boys.
Hello all, I hope everyone is well and happy. and looking forward to 2012. I certainly am. I very nearly never made it as I had heart faliure at Yulara [Ayers Rock] and was airlifted [RFDS] to Alice Springs Hospital where I stayed for 2 weeks, while they stabilised me and I was allowed to fly home after 5 days in Perth, on my scheduled flight.thank the Lord and Barclays travel insurance!! I am well on the mend now.Also I was seconds away from A landslide between Westport and Nelson we had torrential rain for 48hrs,and I returned to Westport. All in All a different sort of holiday! I also got to drive the tour DUKW at Rotarua. So Foxy you see I would have had no chance to get to see you. Maybe another time. Nice to hear Ossie is doing well with his nomadic lifestyle, keep it up and dont forget Stratford upon Avon. John Micheal can you still get Polo shirts? Well it;s getting late so I will sign off wishing You all a Happy Easter and good health in the future,See You all 2012.
Hello Every One. Joyce and I attended the RASC/RCT WOs and SNCOs reunion in Swansea this last weekend. There were 70 sitting down to dinner on the Saturday night. It was to our surprise to see Jean and Tony Hoyland attending. Great, a DUKW man and his lady alongside Joyce and I. When I look back on our reunion, and the 168 who sat down to dinner I think that our family is well in the forefront to any reunion. As another Corps man mentioned, we were different. My comment was, yes, we were DUKW men and proud of it. Stay well you DUKW men, we will meet again in 2012.
for dan chandler
I had a phone call from Ray Sayle whilst he was visiting Aussie. It was great to hear from him. I tried to get him down here to Tasmania for a visit but I think his schedule was a bit tight. Hope he makes it to 2012 do, its a bit far for me unless I am holidaying that way. Good to see your still traveling Ossie. For Ray Chimes my No 1. Hope you and your good lady are well mate, Yvette still talks about you both and I am sure would love to hear from you sometime. All the best to the rest of you lads, and good luck mike to he "last supper"
Just spent an afternoon near Torrax with Evan (Scouse) and Celia Lewis. Good company and a great chinwag. We all said who would have thought at Fremington in the 60's we would be doing this. Isn't it a wonderful world?
Just popped in & seen Bob Rand while I was in Ashford visiting my son, he is o.k. & has just returned from Ausie land. He said he had posted something on the site but I could not find it but anyway he gave me the message for Ossy, he said he doesn't want any plastic flowers just a dozen clothes pegs, ha ha ha, well done Ossy lad your fame has reached Ashford.
I have to visit Devon tomorrow to pick up a bike for my old mate, shame I won't be able to see anyone.
Kindest regards John Michael
Had a phone call from Ossy a couple of days ago.The only trouble was I was out so the wife took the call so I only got half the message. Anyway he is going to ring back but everything is fine with him.Battery powered camper van not too good for his computer.
To Slim Wakeford happy birthday for the 10th Have a great day. Hope to see you Oct 2012 Pete
to Peter Walkinton
Happy birthday for the 2 March. Have a great day. Pete
Hi Ossy glad that you are back with us again.I asked my Michelle to find out if you where still about but she never came back to me.Still alls well now Don/Babs
My golf Captaincy has ended and during the last social event I managed to raise another £225 for the Little Bridge Hospice in Fremington. I am now looking forward to raising a few more pounds during the "Last Supper" next year. Stay well you DUKE Lads, we will meet again
It seems not all of my message got through,it carried on, reminisce our "YOUTH" from where I joined the Army as a Junior Leader in 1959!Cheers Georgie and Bob Mac for your postings, will be meeting up with you again in the not too distant future, thanks Taff for your email and have a good holiday,to everyone else, till the next time, best wishes, Ossy.
Hi all, I really apologise for being AWOL, let me first say that I.m fine and in good health and loving my now, life style, I seemed to have done it at a time when I was so involved and committed and unable to respond, the weather didn,t help either! It,s been very pleasing to know so many of you were concerned for my welfare and I,m eternally grateful. Things are now gradually coming into order I promise, one thing is for certain God willing I,ll be at "The Last Supper"! I will respond to my Lifelong friends Ray, Don and Sam (Dearnley) personally ASAP, many thanks for your emails, I haven,t forgot you. I,ve been in quite regular contact with Danny Chandler on SKYPE and would welcome any other invitations when I,m online, the only other thing to say for now is, as Taff says dont be surprised if you get a knock on the door, I,m certainly going to do it to Mick Michaels sometime in May hopefully when me and my brother David will be visiting Whitstable in my motorhome to reminisce our "Y
I recieved my Waggoner news letter this morning. The farewell to Buller Barracks in now Imminent. Many of us served at Buller in the sixties and seventies but I sorry to repot that God's Acre will be subject to the to the bulldozers in the redevelopment of the site in 2012. Also in the news letter editor recorded the passing of Tom Tully and Bob Card. They both served as junior soldiers before arriving in Fremington Camp. I would not worry over Ossy, as he will be safe and sound in his new camper. Anyway, he may even knock on your door some day. Stay well you DUKW Lads. We will meet again.
Spoke to Ossy tonight, alls well, but had considerable adjustment to make over last months. More info below from Bobmac. I will keep in touch with him from now on.
seen ossy about two weeks ago at his sister inlaws funeral hes been staying at minehead somerset most of the time with his camper mates.but he got snowed in on the bad weather it was a pub so i dont think he was worried I think he was having trouble with his internet conection.Iwill let you know if i have anymore info bobmac
No contact from Ossy yet, but I left him a message on his E-mail. I do not have a contact for his daughter either. Maybe Don Turner has news?? Or anybody from Barnstaple? Maybe he has gone south for some sunshine.
Bill they don't strip down old cars now, they just take them to the scrappy & get £350 for them, which I feel sure Ossy would know, after all it was him & I that did that sort of thing in the late sixties. Quite correct though Bill put me down for two dozen pegs when he gets here. George, Are you in contact with his daughter? As she may know where he is at the moment.
Quite right John, no word from Ossy for a while so I will try and contact him.
Now he's travelling the roads he might have turned into a pikey staying on a travellers site tarmacing drives and stripping down old cars.All the best ossy put me down for a few clothes pegs and a bunch of plastic flowers. Bill D
Well, this web site seems a little bit quiet at the moment, so where is our intrepid traveler Ossy Osbourne at the the moment? Is he winging his way around the country yet in his mobile home? Or is he still trying to find the layout of his mobile home? Will someone tell him the steering wheel is at front please.
I hope all you DUKW lads are still in good health.
Kind regards John Michael
Joyce and I are attending the RASC/RCT reunion in Swansea Welsh Wales on 2nd April. Anyone else attending. Stay well you DUKW Lads. WE will meet again.
For Colin Proffit. Colin, I have just read your request to sit on the 'Top Table' at the last supper and your reasons for this. I would strongly caution against this. The last person with the initials JC didn't last very long after that last supper. No Mate, you stay with the rest of us Mortals. Danny Chandler and I aare quite happy in your company unless, of course, it was some6thing we said.
Hi dont know if i am putting this in the right place but i cant find anywhere else to put it[no comments please i know what you rct boys are like]
I just wanted to say hello to all the great lads i met in Cyprus 1969 I was in the HQ office unficyps Nicosia as the Forces Postman.
My billet was directly opposite the Wheel Em In Club which i used to frequent often.
Although i was Royal Artillery i played rugby for 18 rct. i can remember lots of faces but not many names,some of them were lt Steele who had a twin brother in the RA who i also played rugby with for the Gunners. lcpl Mcgrath, cpl Mccormack, lcpl Rolls, cpl Walkington, cpl Roach. Had a great time with you lads hope your all well.
Thanks for those kind words Mike, but my initials are JC so take it from there. Hope you and Joyce are keeping well - no golg this weather?
Very good Colin. You can sit on the the Top Table so long as your not "Profit Mohammed". Stay well you DUKW Lads, we will meet again.
First I would like to say sorry to hear about Tom Tully, over the years we had our differences but he was a very good soldier and we we went back a long way. RIP Tom. I would like to, on behalf of Barbara and myself to wish you all A Very Happy New Year. Because the next re-union is called the "LAST SUPPER" and I am a "PROFIT" does it mean I can sit on the "TOP TABLE"????
Thanks for the info boys sorted
Made contact with Lt Col David Pepperel. The letter in question is on its way to him. Jack Lambie please contact me on the land line. David Pepperell would like to contact you. I can not display home information on our guest book. Stay well you DUKW Lads. We will meet again.
Read you message about the Lieutenant that you are trying to trace. I've had a quick trawl around the family history sites that I am a member of and came up with the following-:
A Maj D G Pepperell belonged to the 'Movement Control Officers Club' based at Buller Barracks and is mentioned in their bullitin No 290, dated March 1976. This club has now been superceded by a new organisation that is still currently active. Go to the Movement Control Organisation at the following website. www.movcon.org.uk. Hope this helps to find him. Happy New Year!
Hi Bill. Contact me and I will give what I think will be the contact number of Lt Col David Pepperall. Stay well you DUKW Lads, We will meet again>
Would like to wish all users and readers of the site a happy, healthy and a safe new year. I was sorry I missed the reunion but I had family problems up in Corby.I am seeking some infomation on a Lt.D.G.Popperell or Pipperell who was at Fremington around 1967.The reason I would like to contact him is because when the civilian staff were clearing out an office by the old REME workshops they found a letter belonging to him.So it was given to me to see if I could return it to him.Would be grateful for any info.Sorry I haven,t been in touch Ossy will Email you later.
Just thought that I would take the opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I enjoyed 'Final Fling' immensely. Very much a case of Deja Vu so to speak. I've pulled out the short straw today and find myself manning the Selby Swing Bridge. But I'm glad to say that there is nothing on the river and very little on the roads, so I've got my feet up. Keep well everybody and I hope to see you all again at the 'Last Supper'.
Sorry its late, just finished work!!!!!!, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and prosperous 2011, looking forward very much to the "Last Supper"All the best Bill and Michelle
Thank you all who has sent me birthday greetings. Also, Joyce & I would like to thank you for all for all the Christmas cards you have sent us. Final Fling did the job of getting us all together and I am sure that the last Supper will do the job once again. So stay well you DUKW Lads and have happy, healthy and prosperous 2011.
For Mike Ross
happy birthday Mike have a great time. See you in 2012 not 2021 as posted. Pete
Very happy Xmas to all and a prosperous new year, hope you are all well. A big hello to all those still serving in Afganistan ,stay safe and come home soon.
A very happy Xmas and Prosperous New Year to one and All, Ann and Norman.
Happy Cristmas one and all, and especially my old mate OZZY. Good health to everyone, stay safe.
Goodbye Tom lad, my old no.2 I still have your wedding photograph, rest in peace.
Sorry to hear the news of Tom Tully's passing, he was always o.k. with me, I suppose that was before he got his problems. RIP Tom lad.
On a happier note. A happy Christmas to all the ex 18apmph lads, I will raise a glass to you all & wishing that the new year will bring you all you wish for.
Tiny: I will open your bottle now.
Take care lads. John.
Sad to hear about Tom.I have just come out of doc, I think they have a bed reserved for me.
All the best to all 18 Amph gang for the festive time, hope to see you all in Oct 2021 Pete
for slim wakeford. and dave knight, how about a wee e mail ora call on skype...........
Thank you Ozzy for your last entry. He was known to us all in our Amph days. He later became my RSM when I was SSM 1Sqn and thats when his problems all started. However, I could not fault the man,well turned out and switched on. Could speak on all subjects, and never saw you without a glass of beer. he did me proud while we served in 3Div. RIP Tom.
Wishes to one and all, will be writing more,later! For now though wanted to let everyone know and I dont know any other details, I,ve been informed of the passing of Tom Tully another of our comrades from 18 Coy before and after, Tom obviously had his problems in the twilight of his life, however I will always remember him as a lifelong friend and mate, along with all those gone before him, RIP old pal, Ossy.
A jolly festive season to one and all, I do miss my "White Christmas's", guess I will just have to suffer the sun!!!
All the best you guys. Foxy.
A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL 18 COY/SQN RASC/RCT WHO I KNEW AND KNOW MY E MAIL ADDRESS IS HERE SO GIVE ME A SHOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Hi Mike, sorry i have not been intoch befor the comp went up the creek, can you send me a list of all name and addresses of aqll the lads as did not pick one up at the do, by the way, nice to see all your ugly mugs once more, cant wait for the next one.
Well you DUKW Lads, I have some good news for you. "The Last Supper" will take place at the Barnstaple Hotel on the 19th 20th and 21st October 2012. I have received confirmation of the dates from the New Manager (Martyn) of the Hotel. There will be more details but at this stage it is only for your forwards in the 2011 diary. May I once again thank everyone for your cards, letters and emails thanking me for the "Final Fling".
The "Last Supper" could be a great get together but it would be hard to follow the last reunion. However, who knows, if we have an outstanding attendance it can be very enjoyable. Information: Check out in the "Latest News" with reference to Bob Card.
May I wish all you DUKW Lads, your Ladies and families a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy, Healthy and prosperous 2011. For the Welsh speaking: Nadolig Llawau a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda. Stay well You DUKW Lads, We will meet again!.
It is that time of year once again in which cards and good wishes are exchanged Due to the rising costs of postage and the inability to find "Real" christmas cards (Nativity scenes etc) I have decided to send my good wishes for Christmas and the New Year in this e mail.
Kate and I hope that you will always have a penny in your pocket, a warm meal in your belly and may all the roads you travel be short ones.
May you all be in heaven half an hour before the Devil knows you are gone. Merry Christmas Lads and stay well.
For Ray Sayle.
Hope you have a great time at "Darling
Harbour" Ray. If you can manage a quick trip to Tasmania there is a bed here and you would be very welcome.
Mike, withdrawal systems already cos I can,t get on the golf course nor you recently I should imagine, Kent getting a tadge more snow than us. Oct 2012 Last Supper, there,s lovely. Well done indeed will give you a bell sometime. Whilst on may I wish all you Amph lads a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Hi, Everyone, what a brilliant weekend at the ;final fling;!. It was so good to see you all there enjoying themselves. As someone said to me "it must happen again, and it is so Thanks To Mike and his helpers! and so to Foxy lovely to see yourself and Yvette give her my regards and tell her I will be at The Holiday Inn Darling Harbour28/29/30 Jan 2011 [28th late arrival]. all you DUKW lads Have a very Merry Chistmas and a Healthy 2011. Ray.
This is not an AMPH matter. I have been emailed today to inform me that Lt Col (Retd) John Atkinson died on Saturday last. Many of us would have served with John and it very sad for me at this time, as I was presented with his pace stick which I carried very proudly while as the SSM and RSM. Stay well you DUKW Lads. "We will meet again"!
Recieved an email from the Barnstaple Hotel yesterday and I have the rates for us if we wish to hold the "Last Supper" in October 2011. The rates are: 1 night double:£126. Single:£84.2 nights double £115.50. Single £78.75. 3 nights £105 double £105. Single £73.50. THis includes dinner and breakfast per room per night. The date I requested is unfortunately full. However, I am in the process of speaking to Martyn the new manager at the Hotel. A little info. I managed another £400 for the Little Bridge House Hospice at Fremington. The money came from my Captains raffle at my golf club. Stay well you DUKW Lads. "We will Meet again"!
Hi Mike "et al"
Oh dear!!! I shall have to start saving my pennies.
Well done Mike, I'm so glad your organising another one. I think that everyone will agree that the last one, could not be beaten, so the challenge is on to try & better it. I'm all for it. I posted this yesterday but it never managed to reach the board, lost in cyberspace I guess.
Kind regards John
For Mike Ross
I am so glad that you have decided on another reunion in 2012. My bank balance has just increased with the money won on bets that you would be organising another one within 2 months.
Give me a ring some time so we can speak. Well done mate.
There will be another reunion in 2012. We must use our ties, polo shirts, and others bits to the full. We have them, must use them. The next reunion will be called the "Last Supper". Possible October 2012. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
To John Michael. All items arrive safely. Very pleased with quality of clothing. Thanks John.
To John Michael thanks mate parcel arrived ok.Don
I,m sorry I,ve not been in contact of late, Ive been otherwise engaged, I,m now living in my new Motorhome ready to travel the country. When all is stable and my routine settles down, I have many photos to pass on, from the long past of other comrades (Johnny Johnson) and from our wonderful reunion! I,m using Mobile Broadband and it seems to work fine the few places I,ve travelled to, so far, long may it last! Thanks to you all, for being such good mates, over the years, it was a pleasure to be in your company at the "Reunion", I loved it and didn,t mind a stitch walking home on my own, in the early hours of the morning (Five nights) on the trot, save when my old mate Johnny Greenaway made sure I was safe and sound? It was an Honour and Priviledge to be in your company,and I will be taking up the offer from many of you to stay on your drives and property in my travels, cheers to you all, till the next time, Ossy.
Now that the photograph is on the web you should not have any problems down loading it. However, should you have a problem, contact me on my email address and I shall send the photograph as an attachment. Stay well You DUKW Lads it will soon be Christmas.
The Instow phptograph will be on site shortly. Having recieved it today John is working on how and where to place it. It maybe it will be linked. Standby for further instruction. Or even "wait-out". Stay well you DUKW Lads.
To John Michael i have not recieved my item [shirt] yet.Don
been off line for 7 Days . Virus crashed my comp all info and hard drive. Im now on a new one Ill have to stop the booze to pay for it. All the best to all the DUKW Lads
SORRY, I must have cold hands. (My last entry)I must turn the heat on!!I have spoken to Greg today and with a little luck I could recieve the Instow photograph by Friday. Many thanks once again to all who have email me, sent cards,letter and telephoned with thier thanks. April or May in 2013 looks good for some one to organise Final Fling (2). Stay well you DUKW Lads.
Just spoken to today andf he has obtained premission to release the photograph. Fingers crossed should have it by Friday. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
geordie routledge & norman coulson need your
Tiny Cookman, Thanks very much for the bottle mate, I think I will save it until you come down this way, after all a bottle such as this should be shared by friends, so it will be in the cupboard till you get your arse down here.
All the best, John.
For John Michael. All the items of clothing attived safe and sound. Thank you indeed.
For John Michael.All the items of clothing arrived safe & sound
Regards Norman Coulson
For John Michael.
John old son, that which I promised has been posted by 1st Class parcel mail today at 2pm. Have fun and enjoy. Thanks for all your assistance. Stay well mate.
Just to update you all. I have made contact today with Greg the photographer at Instow. He has been away on a course and a few days leave. Back at his desk today he will do his best to send by email (If possible), if not it will be a disk. He has to obtain permission to send the photograph out from the unit. So, wait out!!!!!!!
All the items of clothing with the 18Amph motive on, you all ordered was sent out by post yesterday the 2nd. Please let me know when you receive it if possible.
Taff lad, Have you made a copy disc of the photo's including the framed copy of the presentation at Instow? which I thought was very nice and I seemed to remember you saying something about making a copy on disc to send out to anyone that wanted one.
Andy Proctor: your order for clothing has been put in so I expect it will be done within a week or so.
This morning I received a letter from Mr Eddie Farwell the Co-founder and Chief Executive of Little Bridge House Fremington. It reads as follows:
I am writing to say a very special thank you for a wonderful donation of £863, donated following your recent Final Fling reunion in Barnstaple. Everyone's thoughtful and kind support for the life-limited children of the South West is truly appreciated.
Best wishes to you all
Do you have a copy of the photo (Or anyone) of the whole group taken at Instow. I would very much like one if you can e-mail to me. All the best. Foxy.
Just to let all of you that ordered regalia clothing from me that it is now in & I will be sending it out within the next couple of days. If anyone else would like this stuff please let me know but, unfortunately I have to inform you that there is an increase in price of 50p per item. I still think its quite cheap though.
Regards John Michael
THIS IS MY E MAIL ADDRESS JACKLAMBIE@YAHOO.COM
Geordie, I am in full support of Greg Smith, who is trying to get Fremington camp listed. I hope he succeeds. Regards John.
For Jack Lambie. Check email address. My last two emails to you have been returned. Why a "J" after Jac? Stay well you DUKW man.
Couldn´t watch the video It´s billed as private.I don´t know if that only applies to overseas viewers or not. Just thought I´d let you know
Here is a video of the visits to Instow and Fremington camps - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALfi0fAduTE
I have recieved today a very nice example of a DUKW sent to me from HOLLAND. Other names on the box was Andrew Silk. Would the sender please step forwrd like a good soldier, so I can thank him for this wonderful surprise. I think this is the best example of a DUKW I have seen. Many thanks. May I thank all the other DUKW Lads and Ladies for their kind cards,letters,emails and comments on our site. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
To all the 18 lads at the 2010 reunion it was great to see you all again, hope you all had a safe trip home. For Taff thanks for a grea time. Hope to see you all again. Pete
I forgot to say my call sign is peterpiper 90.
To all you lucky people going to the reunion.
I shall be on Skype every night >From Thursday untill Sunday untill at least 2200hrs. On Saturday longer. Also I will be on somtimes during the days ( not the whole day), so if anyone wants to get in touch I´ll be available.
I´m getting a crate of my favorite beer(Jever) in so will be able to drink your health from this side. Have a great time at the reunion.
This will be my last entry. Red Light, Green Light, I am off to London today to re-produce the "Staff List" and programme for our visit to Instow. The weather is looking good for this time of the year, so we should have a dry reunion. For the golfers, my HC is now 14.5 having received .01 back yesterday. The weather for Saturday is looking good with no wind and sunny spells. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
I have received a number of requests asking for a list of attendees at our next reunion. As I have the list recorded in Excel, it would take up to much space in the "Guest Book and also the front page of the site. Therefore, if you would like a list, email me, and I shall send you the list by return of email. Remember this list will be in Excel and you should be able to open it even with Windows 7, Vista or whatever. I shall carry with me 70 copies of the updated copy of our "Staff List". There is now 153 names recorded. Stay well you DUKW Lads.MTR
See other web site for information on the programme for the reunion.
Please read the following information carefully:
Thursday 14th October 2010
Most of the people will be arriving at the Hotel. Note, you will not be able to book in before 1500hrs until your room has been cleaned and is ready for use.
If you are intending to visit Instow on Friday morning you must give your name to Mike (Taff) Ross (MTR) on Thursday afternoon/evening.
For our local Lads, see you in the bar at 2000hrs ish! Then you can pass your name to MTR.
Friday 15th October 2010
0700 - 0930hrs: Breakfast
0800hrs: Assemble in the Hotel for car allocation etc.
0810hrs: Move to Intow in convoy.
0930hrs: Assemble in Car Park. Met by Sgt Andy Middleton RM.
0945hrs: Introduction to the programme of the visit. (You will need warm clothing).
During the introduction the Office Commanding will greet us. Major Steve Congrieze RM.
1330hrs: The programme will end.
1345hrs: Move to Fremington Camp. ( Met by Head of Security Mr Charles Passmor
my condolences to dave pedders and bob cards nearest and dearest both a very sad loss.
Congratulations on a very impressive new layout for your web site.
I arrived yesterday in a place in the mountains in mid Spain. Last night I met Gordon Blythe, not previously known to me but an ex corps man for a long time who told me all Taff Ross's secrets. He was here for one night with his wife and a few others and has moved on today. What a small world full of wonderful surprises we live in
Further details for the funeral of Dave Pedder: The service will commence at 1300hrs at St Thomas' church in Russell Road Rhyl, LL18 3LU.
Crematorium, Dinerth Road, Colwyn Bay Clwyd LL28 4YN.
The wake will be held at the Golf Club, Coast Road, Rhyl, LL18 3RE
Both Babs and i where so sadden to hear about Dave Pedder and Bob Card.We would like to send our Condolences to both familys.I too was looking forward to seeing them at the reunion as i have not seen them for some years,but i will raise my glass to them both.RIP
Babs and i are very sorry to hear about both Dave Pedder and Bob Card.We were looking forward to seeing Bob and Carol at the reunion as we have not seen them sinces Taffy do in London severl years ago.We send our condolences to both the familys RIP Bob and Dave
After many years, I was really looking forward to meeting up once again with Bob and Carol, as I knew they were planning to attend our Reunion, somehow our paths never crossed, in the later years. However I recall them both from my early years, Bob as a Junior Leader and as one of the Motorcycle boys at Fremington,along with ( Swede Read, Johhnie Liddell, Johnnie Clover, Wicky wickenden, my mate Georgie Webb and not forgetting Terry Coleman on his Lambretta, or was it a Vespa?) and Carol when she worked at Mary,s Cafe in the village, is it really that long ago? Sadly now, it wont happen, so I pass on my condolences, to Carol and her family, with the deepest respect, Ossy.
My sincere condolences to Dave Pedders wife Lee and to Carol Card on their sad loss. Rest in peace lads I'll raise a glass to you both.
Sorry, this is not good news for 18 Coy/Sqn Lads. I have to report with sadness the passing of Bob Card. I have been in touch with Carol and she has given me permission to publish his passing. Bob died on 8th September after several months of fighting Pancreatic Cancer. Bob died at home with Carol, Karen and Debbie by his side. Please do NOT call the house at this time. All contact is via Mike. Bob's funeral will be held today which is private. This was the wish of Bob himself. R.I.P Bob, we shall all miss you during our reunion.
Just 25 days to the start of the reunion the 14th October 2010. The good news is that we have 160 booked into the Hotel for dinner on Saturday night. Just one room left for the Saturday night. There are 105 accommodated and 55 booked for the dinner. Having giving you this information, there are 21 people I know may attend the dinner as they attended the 2007 reunion. The word of mouth, the telephone and emails will help to prompt people who have not booked. I would not want anyone to miss the "Final Fling". I shall be in the Barnstaple Hotel on Wednesday 13th October at 1500hrs. Stay well you DUKW LADS.
Prior to my previous message, I wanted to let you all know that I had contact and a long chat, with Pete Walkington, Through the SKYPE connection, so there shouldn,t be any problem for those wishing to contact Pete, before or around the time of the Reunion, regards, Ossy.
One of the first, to greet our group on joining 18 Amph at Femington Station, Dec 1960, was Dave Peddar along with the likes of Slim Wakeford, John Greenaway etc, playing a practical joke on us by wearing, Sgts and Cpls BD jackets, giving us a bit of stick as we carried our Kitbags and belongings, over the Railway bridge and trundled up the hill and path to the rear entrance of Fremington camp, and the laugh they got out of us, when we realised on finding our billets, they were Dvrs and therefore, same rank as us, I,ve never forgot that day, so I,m very saddened to learn of Dave,s passing and wish my condolences to be passed onto his family, cheers old pal, have one waiting on the bar for me (Best Bitter) for when I join you! Ossy.
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Dave Pedder. Another of the old and bold has left us so close to our reunion. I would like to pass on my condolences to Dave's family at this time. Goodbye old mate, it was nice to have known you. Rest in Peace.
This is sad news. My wife (Joyce) was called this morning as I was out playing golf. On return she informed me that Dave Pedder had died yesterday. I have been in contact with Lee his wife and I have obtained her permission to publish his passing. I add been in contact with Dave many times over the last six weeks, and he informed me that his new pace- maker was doing good. However, not so good during this last week or so. RIP Dave, we will remember you at the reunion. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
I,ll be there Taff, no matter how many pints the night before, (Only Joking), Ossy
Today I received some information with regard to the programme for our visits to Instow and Fremington Camp. The Instow visit will commence early, like! 0915hrs. Therefore, I am proposing to RV all who wish to visit at 0830hrs mounting up by 0840hrs, with all through the start point by 0850hrs. No recovery needed, because of AA & RAC back up. All WKSP personnel are stood down for this movement. ETA at Fremington Camp at 1330hrs to 1400hrs. Note, this is only an outline. More details to follow. Stay well you DUKW Lads. See you all four (4) weeks today.
Well! What do I say, we are increasing in numbers very quickly now. As I type this information there are 152 booked for dinner on the Saturday night. Having spoken too many of the Lads who have not booked in as yet, I am sure we will be close to 165/170. So stay well you DUKW Lads, or should I say the Amphibious Band of Brothers. Now that's POSH!
Well, we are in!!!! I have spoken to security today and we will be visiting Fremington Camp. Timings will be in conjunction with the programme I receive from Instow. We are waiting to finalise the programme because of tides etc. Therefore, we may be visiting Fremington Camp in the morning. We are now 144 booked in for dinner on Saturday 16th October. When you have booked in from now until the 13th October, would you let me know by email or even a quick call. As we get closer to our dates, it will become a little difficult for me to keep tabs on the numbers for dinner and also our visits. Stay well you DUKW Lads
Well. It's the 12th September and I have some news for you. The Barnstaple Hotel has sent me a return and it reads as follows: 93 people are accommodated on the 16th October (Dinner Night) and 46 others will be joining then for dinner also. That gives a total of 139 to date. There will be I am sure others joining the happy 139 for dinner on the night. I am 7 off the target of 2007 numbers. More news to follow tomorrow evening. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
When I came across this web site I saw a posting regarding a "Fred Hammond" who had passed away. Could you provide me with some information about this man as this was my Dad's name also. He too served in the RASC in Singapore amongst other places.
Today, I was contacted by the MOD Sales to inform me that the MOD has accepted the bid for the sale of Fremington Camp. However, the contracts will take time to exchange. The good news is I have been given permission to visit the Fremington Camp if it is still owed by the MOD. If it is not, I shall have to proceed with cap in hand to the new owners and ask permission to enter on the 15th October. I have informed the MOD Sales that our "Final Fling" is one of the biggest reunions within the services. We are a very close family of service people who care for one another. We are if you like, the Amphibious Band of Brothers. The visit to Instow will be displayed shortly. Stay well you DUKW Lad's, see you all in five (5) weeks.
Hi Taff, I only have a small car, carries one driver and three passengers, nice and comfy though, if I can be of any use for the Instow visit it would be my privilege and pleasure,to help out, for anyone without transport, regards , Ossy.
I was contacted tonight by Alan Davey ex "B" Troop. He and his wife Angela are well and have enjoyed their holiday in Canada. They are now back in DUKW country, and are booking in for the reunion dinner.
For Pete : Many thanks Pete for the offer of many seats for the visit to Instow on Friday 15th October. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
Yesterday I was contacted by Instow. The programme for the visit will be published in about two weeks. Depending on our numbers I may have to have two groups following one another. (Because of the staff and room) However, I shall assess numbers on the Friday morning when we meet up. All timings and real admin will follow at the time of the programme being displayed. This of course will include the security. I cannot confirm the visit to Fremington Camp as yet. But I am working on the event. Stay well you DUKW Lads.
For Pete Walkington,
Pete sorry to hear you cant make it for the re-union, Iwas really looking forward to catching up, once I get Skype set up again I will give you a bell. Take care mate hopefully speak to you soon. Bill
Sorry you cant make it Pete,was really looking forward to meeting up with you once again after all these years at one of the other reunions, hope your concerns become stable and resolve their selves, best wishes to you and yours, Ossy!
Ps I,m on Skype under Peter David Osborne, will try to call you sometime, and try to look you up!
i have put a link to the skype download page in our links pake on this site
For Pete Walkington And anyone else with skype who will not be attending the reunion, I will have my laptop in attendance I am sure there will be others who will take there laptops with them please make contact via skype before the event so that we can set our computers up. My skype address is Geordie-routledge, for those who don't have skype its free to download and also free to make video calls to anyone in the world and easy to set up.
Firstly, great to see Viv Pugh come and comment on the site. Viv was the "Clerk Clerk during the very early sixties. He may even have been there before that. Great news, I hope he will come along and meet some of the "old and bold" of the unit. I for one would like to meet up with you, the door is open.
For Peter Walkington: Peter sorry you cannot make it. But I for one understand the reason. That link you spoke about would be nice. I do not have a lap top myself, but I am sure someone will take on the task. A link up on Saturday afternoon around 1530hrs would suit all. "Just after the afternoon nap"! Stay well you DUKW lads.
I´ve just had another thought, I´m on that SKYPE thing so if anyone brings a laptop with them we can talk that way. My call sign is Peterpiper 90
Hi all, bad news(well it is for me anyway) due to a few problems I shall not now be able to attend the reunion. I had hoped to overcome these problems but it seems that I can´t. AS you can imagine it is a bitter blow for me, but as they say I´ll just have to grin and bear it.
I had a thought that maybe one of those ex REME whiz kids could set up a video link for all us absentees or something like that.
anyway Lads I shall have an extra pint on the night and dress up in my 18 sqn/coy tie etc. Think of me
As you may know, I have organized a game of golf for Saturday 16th October at the Portmore Golf Club on the Barum 18 hole course. The trophy is the "Final Fling" trophy which has been engraved and I intend to have the trophy presented at the dinner. Bob Mac is my contact on this venue so I shall need to confirm numbers with him so that the tee off times can be established with the club.
Therefore, can everyone who wishes to play in the golf game on Saturday contact me either by land line, email or semaphore. I intention is to play low, medium and high handicaps as one group.
FOUND: This evening I made contact with Jock Robertson of the Regimental Workshop. Jock served in Fremington Camp from 1960/1964 and was then posted to Aden. He will be attending the reunion. Anyone wishing to contact Jock, via me please. I have no other news today, only that I shall be in the Barnstaple Hotel seven weeks today. Stay well you DUKW LADS. See you soon.
Well it's sad news, and good news. Fremington Camp as not been sold as yet. However, It is now off the market as it has passed the closing date. The MOD is now considering the offers made before the closing date. I shall not give up on this visit. Even if it is sold, the planning time etc, etc, will take longer than 7 weeks. It will mean I shall have to go cap in hand to the buyer or buyers. The only way I shall give up is that their slam the door in my face. Stay well you DUKW Lads. Remember we are all on the same side.
Many thanks John for correcting my details, the first or last pint will be on me, in October,regards,Ossy!
Hello All, Thanks Mike for the chat.Brilliant easier site. Would Johnny Greenaway be in touch please
Best regards to all see you in October
Forgot to say, a big thanks also to John and Taff for their endevours and hard work, in running the site and Reunion,best wishes to you both, Ossy.
Hi everyone, at last Ive finished all my travels and commitments before we have the Reunion and the completion date for selling my home, after which I,ll be hitting the road again for several years "Long Term Touring" a dream I,ve had for many years! In that respect may I thank all of you that has offered me space on your drives, should I be in your areas, I,m very grateful and will certainly take you all up on the invite at sometime hopefully. Whatever, I hope to have Mobile broadband and phone, therefore always being in touch with my family,friends and of course 18 Coy/Sqn website! Cant wait for the Reunion when I,ll be able to meet and catch up with you all once again, do you know most of my real friends are still to this day, those I served with in Boys Service and 18 Amph, keep well you DUKW bunch, regards, Ossy.
HI MIKE,Thankyou for the update on the telephone 25/8/10.Look forward to seeing many old friends in Oct.Henry Kubinski will be arrivingFriday afternoon
Hello to you all have just found this new site, spent many great years at Fremington,it would be great to hear from anyone that served with me at the same time,will see many of you in October,Cheers Ray.
John and Mike. The new site is great and in some cases better than the old one. Stay well evryone. Not long until the middle of October.
Hi Terry: Yes,all Ladies are most welcome to attend Instow. Fremington is not confirmed as yet. (Wait-out!) The name stickers will be available for you to write your own name. Stay well you DUKW Lads. Just 35!!!!!!
Mike, just a few queries on top of all the hard work that you are putting in. [Many, many, thanks by the way] With regards doubling up on vehicles. I can take two extra in my car, no problem. Are there going to be any name stickers for our good ladies? My Susan has never been to Fremington or Instow and as I have bored her to tears with all my tales of the place, she would very much like to be included in the party to tour both camps. Is this possible? She has her pin and fleece at the ready!