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Alan Maines 19 November 2005 20:29
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Originally Posted by
RAF Bridgenorth.

I was at RAF Bridgenorth in January 1959 for basic training, the DI was Cpl Fowler, yellow sqnd. We arrived by train from RAF Cardington. I believe the station or platform was attached to the camp because we had to run across a field which was part of the camp. It was certainly not Bridgenorth station which is now part Of the Severn Valley Railway. Does any one have any memories of this? Non of the SVR Staff have any knowledge of this halt or station.  I was then posted to RAF Leeming, I was a driver MTD(H). After 9 months I was posted to RAF Akrotiri, actuually arriving on Christmas Eve after a horrible sail for 11 days in a RAF troop ship. In may 1960 I was send home on compasionate leave as my Father had had a serious accident.  I then spent my remaining service in a movements unit based in the Liver Building in Liverpool paid to live at home. I was demmobed in 1964. If any one out there remembers me please get in touch. Since posting this message I have looked at railway maps and find that there is no line near the camp, however its possible that there was a halt on the SVR and that once we had crossed the field we were loaded onto trucks or buses and then taken to the camp. My memory of that part is very hazy after all it will be forty seven years next January, but my memory of the halt and running directly accross the field is very vivid.   Last edited by alan Maines Last edited by alan Maines Last edited by alan Maines Last edited by alan Maines Last edited by alan Maines
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Windrush 21 November 2005 11:42
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Originally Posted by
RAF Bridgenorth

Hi Alan I was also at Bridgenorth and also came up fron Cardington by train but as I remember we were picked up from the station by coach ,but then I was there a long time befor you (April 1951). have you tryed the RAF Bridgenorth web site it certainly brought memories for me good ones at that
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Handle Oval Balls With Care. 21 November 2005 13:39
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I was at Bridgenorth from Dec.58-Jan.59. The memories of that far off time are fading fast. Thanks to Byran Smith who is a member of this site,I know that I was in Hut 24.25 Flight and "C" Squadron.Byron sent me a photo of the lads in the hut,but is too big to download. Last edited by mike ayliffe
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Red Or Jake 29 November 2005 18:02
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RAF Bridgenorth

Hi Alan I was there March/April 1960. You are right about the train coming right into Cardington. We were all lined up and the DIs came off the train and barked a few orders which seen us running towards the train carrying all our kit. Cant remember if the train went into RAF Bridgenorth or we were picked up in coaches, but looking back they were good times. Would do some of the young ones today the world of good and probably make them appreciate things a bit more. John
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Donald Charles O'Rourke 27 December 2005 06:04
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Bridgenorth

This a.m.I tried to send a message regarding my arrival in Bridgenorth on about the 1st December 1951. Having taken the trouble to type out a fairly long paragraph, I clicked to send it for inclusion in the site messages. It was refused because I used a word Bl**dy which, I was informed, is regarded as profane. I was returned to the message page to find the whole item Id typed, had been obliterated. I have now no interest in trying to reconstruct the item. I would just like to comment that a good deal of this web site contains vulgar, profane and slightly pornographic items. I make no complaint about that. I would not wish to add to such items but find it remarkable that you might expect someone to be offended by my use of such a mild expletive. I also am amazed to see that profanities which do offend me, are included in messages disguised merely by the addition of a couple of asterisks. Donald ORourke
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Handle Oval Balls With Care. 27 December 2005 10:57
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Hi Donald,We have all been through the annoyance of typing a long post,and finding that everyday words are not accepted.This site appears to go over the top with it.While nobody wishes to read filth,surely words like the following should be accepted. Se*x:Co*ck,as descibing a male feathered bird:Coc*k the same:abus*e:Blood*y;and other words I have used only to find that you have to start all over again. But keep posting,and dont be put off from it.
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Donald Charles O'Rourke 27 December 2005 14:02
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Bridgenorth

Thanks Mike. It does seem ludicrous when very dubious subjects are happily explored on the same web site. Surely, they can ignore the milder type of expletives or anatomical nomenclature? If not, why not? To whom do we complain? I see the moderator - whatever that position entails, is a Gillian Donkin (I think) who has herself, posted some questionable messages. I do not complain about what she has written - some of it is very amusing, Im merely bemused by it all. Perhaps she would like to enlighten us? Donald ORourke.
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Donald Charles O'Rourke 27 December 2005 14:47
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Bridgenorth

I have pleasant memories of Bridgenorth. It was hard going but the DIs were brilliant. They gave the right message to many a hard case and they couldnt really be beaten at what they did. It was the cold of the winter of 1951/2 that I hated. All the Corporals did was shout at those who really needed to be shouted at. At no time did I see any violence or sadistic behaviour, it was suggested as being available to them as an alternative if required but I dont really think so. They had few failures through their hands and worked bl**dy hard. And they wanted everyone to make it. Who of us, left square bashing and didnt think - "well, he wasnt such a Bas**rd after all and didnt we all do well in the end? Didnt he prepare us for anything?" And, were you not pleased with yourself on passing out? Didnt you have a sense of achievement and even gratitude? Wouldnt you like to think he was going to put your children through what you went through? Wouldnt you like to see a few Hard Cases causing trouble in your home towns, handed over to one of those 62" impecably attired guys, looking down his nose from under the almost vertical peak of his cap, and a very loud voice? I really believe they were genuinely pleased when they had a good passing out parade. Donald ORourke.
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Make Peace - Kill Doves 28 December 2005 11:26
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Originally Posted by
Bridgnorth

I clearly remember the train ride from Cardington to Bridgnorth, and Im almost certain that we were taken by coach (or truck) from Bridgnorth station. I think our intake became parts of C and D Squadrons, but, on arrival, we spilled out on to A Squadron parade ground. Another thing I clearly remember is how pleasant and helpful the NCOs were when being kitted out, and during the train journey. I think it was all part of the good-guy/bad-guy psychology before handing us into the care of NCOs from the planet Klingon. During the final week, our opinions seemed to change, and life there has now become our fondest memories, as described by Donald.
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Donald Charles O'Rourke 28 December 2005 13:14
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Bridgenorth

Yes, Byron. There were Corporals and a Fl.Lt on the train from Cardington to Bridgenorth. They were very friendly. We were taken by truck from the station at Bridgenorth and dropped off in a large hanger or drill shed. The kitbags with which wed ben supplied, filled with our RAF Kit, arrived by lorry . The last thing we had been given - a white pint mug at the very top of each kit bag. The Cororal on the back of the lorry read out the newly painted names on the side then waited until it was just that little bit too far away to enable it to be caught.He dropped each on its top end and every mug was broken. We were allocated to groups of about 20 and I found myself in 21 Flight. It was the 30th Novenber or 1st December, 1951. The party was over. I had at least three haircuts in that first week. Donald ORourke. (4087605)
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Yorkie Also Known As Titch 28 December 2005 13:33
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Quoting: Donald Charles ORourke Thanks Mike. It does seem ludicrous when very dubious subjects are happily explored on the same web site. Surely, they can ignore the milder type of expletives or anatomical nomenclature? If not, why not? To whom do we complain? I see the 'moderator' - whatever that position entails, is a 'Gillian Donkin '(I think) who has herself, posted some questionable messages. I do not complain about what she has written - some of it is very amusing, I'm merely bemused by it all. Perhaps she would like to enlighten us? Donald O'Rourke.   Donald, I cant think what you mean about Gillian Donkin posting questionable messages. I have never seen any such thing but if you would correct me and refer to just one message from Gilli that was "questionable" I will gladly admit my error and apologise.
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Make Peace - Kill Doves 28 December 2005 16:01
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Originally Posted by
Bridgnorth

Quoting: Donald Charles O'Rourke The party was over. I had at least three haircuts in that first week. Donald O'Rourke. (4087605) Lol!!!  I had a similar experience.  When I was 'called up', I was told to have my hair cut before going in, otherwise they'll cut it all off.  When I was at Cardington, I was told that my hair was too long and I'd be better off having it cut before Bridgnorth, otherwise they'll shave it all off.  The first day at Bridgnorth, the corporal screamed that we 'look like tramps', and was marched to the barbers along with everyone else.  Three haicuts in a week - all part of the design to knock civvy street out of us.  Until then I wasn't aware that hair could hurt - it was too sensitive to touch. After we had our hair cut at Bridgnorth, we were told that everything beneath the beret belongs to us, and everything visible outside the beret belongs to HM.  I never did find out if that was fact. Ps. Donald, Ive just read the threads about Gilli and I must admit that I dont understand your comments about her either - shes an excellent moderator, an excellent motivator, and a great person to know. Best regards, Byron. Last edited by Byron Smith
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Donald Charles O'Rourke 28 December 2005 22:09
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Originally Posted by
Bridgenorth

It would seem I am mistaken in mis-identifying Gillian Donkin as having posted some questionable material. I unreservedly apologise for so doing and accept that I must be mistaken. Sorry. Donald ORourke
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Gilli Mackem!! 28 December 2005 23:53
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Quoting: Donald Charles O'Rourke Thanks Mike. It does seem ludicrous when very dubious subjects are happily explored on the same web site. Surely, they can ignore the milder type of expletives or anatomical nomenclature? If not, why not? To whom do we complain? I see the 'moderator' - whatever that position entails, is a 'Gillian Donkin '(I think) who has herself, posted some questionable messages. I do not complain about what she has written - some of it is very amusing, I'm merely bemused by it all. Perhaps she would like to enlighten us? Donald O'Rourke.     Sorry???????????????????? The site is automated for certain words for legal reasons. We have all had times when posts were not printed and have to accept it. I cant think of any wrong I have done but I hold my hands up if I have done anything. This site is Doms and any complaints about me anyone wishes to make are best sent to him. Ive been a member for a long time and never had complaints off anyone. Dom chose me for mod post and Im sure he will explain what the post entails and that the site has automated word blockers. Last edited by Gilli(Mackem) Donkin Last edited by Gilli(Mackem) Donkin
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Yorkie Also Known As Titch 29 December 2005 00:15
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Gilli

Please Gilli, do not get upset over this obvious misunderstanding. Someone has made a mistake and acknowledged it. I hope he will be big enough to apologise to you personally. You are a king-pin of this site, nobody is more dedicated. I really hope that all F/R members appreciate Gillis committment to us even as a civilian. As I have said before, Gilli would have been a great asset to any of the services.
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Make Peace - Kill Doves 29 December 2005 00:35
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Ill put my name to that Wendy, and I agree that it was just a mistake by Donald, for which hes already apologised.
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Gilli Mackem!! 29 December 2005 00:46
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Quoting: Donald Charles ORourke It would seem I am mistaken in mis-identifying Gillian Donkin as having posted some questionable material. I unreservedly apologise for so doing  and accept that I must be mistaken. Sorry. Donald O'Rourke Donald I do accept your apology, thankyou for that. I added my other post as Im admitting Im not perfect and anyone who feels they need to complain or question myself or my position is free to do so. It was not meant as a personal dig at you in any way. Take care..Be happy.
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Donald Charles O'Rourke 29 December 2005 06:03
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Bridgenorth

Dear Gilli, thank you for taking the trouble to reply to my message and for graciously letting me off the hook. Will it be safe to re-visit Sunderland Dog Track? Donald ORourke (with head bowed).
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Gilli Mackem!! 29 December 2005 18:33
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Quoting: Donald Charles ORourke Dear Gilli, thank you for taking the trouble to reply to my message and for graciously letting me off the hook. Will it  be safe to re-visit Sunderland Dog Track? Donald O'Rourke (with head bowed). LOL.. Yea..your quite safe... Im not planning running in the near future!!!
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Gilli Mackem!! 29 December 2005 18:35
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.... And my bark is worse than my bite!!
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Handle Oval Balls With Care. 31 December 2005 14:28
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Thats it then.every one has said sorry to each other,all apologies accepted,and now we look forward to Gilli running in the 2.30pm race.
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Jacky Kelly 31 December 2005 21:08
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Quoting: mike ayliffe That's it then.every one has said sorry to each other,all apologies accepted,and now we look forward to Gilli running in the 2.30pm race.
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Gilli Mackem!! 31 December 2005 21:37
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Quoting: mike ayliffe That's it then.every one has said sorry to each other,all apologies accepted,and now we look forward to Gilli running in the 2.30pm race. Im a dead cert!!
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Pup 150 Flyer 21 January 2006 14:50
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Originally Posted by
Bridgnorth

After having read all the contributions and all apologies etc made and accepted back to the original thread. I will try not to use Expletives for an ex-welsh miner -- Difficult. especially regarding things Modern Anyway, I was at Bridgnorth Jan 1960. I saw Johnny Kid and the Pirates at live show at Cardington, the journey by train from Cardington to Bridgnorth took bl--y ages. We had a bus ride from the station to the camp, where we were shouted at etc. I was ex-ATC cadet so it really didnt bother me too much. But a few of the National Service guys had never been away from home and some were really upset--Sobs in the billet in the middle of the night. It was hard going 05:00 -- break the ice to shave -- breakfast and on parade by 07:00. But it was 4 months I enjoyed. Mainly because I was going on to better things -- trade training,12 SofTT at RAF Melksham Wiltshire, and working with aircraft which is what I had joined up for. Training which has stood me in good stead ever since. Good Times-- Good Mates -- Plenty of Laughs. I forget the Squadron but I was in 40 Flight. As has already been said the DIs worked hard to knock civvy street out of us
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Fergie 03 February 2006 18:01
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[QUOTE]Quoting: Leighton Northover [I] I was at Bridgnorth end of Sept Oct and beginning of Nov 1952.I think I was in 14 flight but not too sure.Hut photo attached(I'm in front of the door) Last edited by Fergus Kemp
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Pup 150 Flyer 04 February 2006 00:44
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Bridgnorth Square Bashing

The phot brings back memories I have mine at home somewhere but I am in Southern Thailand at the moment.In January those huts were damn freezing. But I enjoyed it jsut the same -- I Must be bit of a masicist??
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Not So Long Ago! 04 March 2006 01:32
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Bridgnorth Square Bashing

I was there in June 1961. I remember the Jab parade. Walking though the line of medical orderlies and receiving the various vaccinations, then lining up outside. It was an unusually warm and sunny day and a lot of the lads keeled over.
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"Moonraker" 04 March 2006 23:28
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Bridgenorth

I went to Bridgenorth in January 1962, I was only there two weeks as I was a re entrant, did four years 1955 to 1959. We were met at Bridgenorth station and bussed to camp, when we were met at the station the D.I. corporal called us gentleman and when I asked him about it he said they were not allowed to shout or swear at the trainees anymore. From there I went to Spitalgate which as most will know was the WRAF recruiting depot, what a tiring posting that was!!!!! spent two and a half years there then posted for a rest.
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Not So Long Ago! 04 March 2006 23:52
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Ron it must have changed just after I got there then, because I remember vividly looking at our DIs tonsils as he shouted at me from about 2 inches away.
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Couttsey 06 March 2006 00:08
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RAF Bridgenorth

Hi Everyone, am quite new at this game but being "Ex RAF" Thought I would give it a go!As I was Browsing thru I spotted Bridgenorth. My Brother served at Bridgenorth from Aug 1960 and left there after recruit training to go to RAF Melksham. I have been on to PMC at Innsworth for his service records but the details were so sparse, they just sent one card with is service number (4260296) andhis postings to Ballykelly after Melksham. He joined 203 Sqdn Coastal Command (Shackletons)and was with them untul his service and his life ended suddenly in 1965! I would dearly like to find anyone who new him or had a hut photo or a sqdn photo. I am desperate for anything! Its late in my life now so Im getting more desperate. If anyone can help me at all.....well I think you will all know what it means Thank you for reading this anyway. regards Al Coutts (RAF Retd) (Ex Blanket Stacker!) or I think the current term is now Duvet Consultant!!!
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B Unny 06 March 2006 00:26
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r a f bridgenorth

alan im not raf but i noticed you come from leicestershire. Ioriginate from Ibstock leics knew an alan coutts who came from whitwick area of leic s anyway welcome to forces reunited DON
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Not So Long Ago! 06 March 2006 00:53
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RAF Bridgnorth

Alan I saw your request. If you log on to the following site, you may be able to search through the photos supplied. The site address is as follows: http://rafbridgnorth.mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/ In that site look up persons photos and you will see dates of entry and training. Good luck. By the way that site address is a linked address from forcesreunited.
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Handle Oval Balls With Care. 06 March 2006 01:09
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r

Alan:Follow Ron instructions,and then when you are in the site,click on "Photograph Of People" and then After 1959.Thereis lots of information on the site.I was their from Dec58-Jan59 and it was freezing.
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Couttsey 06 March 2006 20:56
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RAF Bridgnorth

Firstly, to all of you who replied so promptly, Thank you. For the advice given ref photos at the Bridgenorth site. Have scoured them but am lacking a hut or Flight Entry number. but my thanks for your interest in my query. Finaly to DON...Yup I live in Melton Mowbray Leicestershire, Other side of the County to Ibstock Ron. I wasn't born here, I joined the RAF 1970 from CIO Liverpool and ended it in 1992 at RAF Cottesmore Rutland (Nr Oakham) so settled in Melton an' bin here eve since...Lovely County this. Regards to all... Alan   Last edited by Alan Coutts
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B Unny 07 March 2006 17:31
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raf bridgenorth

Allan ,melton mowbery ...so must have been market day today tuesday,used to go there quite regular at one time Alan im not far from bridgenorth will see what i can find out for you don R N
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Couttsey 08 March 2006 23:21
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RAF Bridgenorth

Hi Don, Yup Tuesday is still Market Day in Melton and boy dontcha know it....if I dont make it out of town (I work in Leicester) by 07:15 hrs Im stuffed as the place goes gridlocked!!! Thanks for the offer of help I appreciate it but hope is fading fast these days...but "never say d..... Thanks again Don Alan
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Bill Removed 04 April 2006 22:15
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RAF Bridgenorth

Hi lads my clear memories of conscription are of marching from Cardington square down the hill to the rail halt inside the camp,where we entrained for Bridgenorth Station.Sadly a young regular had left his civvy case on the parade ground and was ordered to double time up the hill,grab the case and back to the train. The day was scorching (June 1959) and the carridges were like ovens. We were met at Bridgenorth station by RAF buses and driven up to the camp - Hut 25 4 Flight A Sdn. What a shock we all got when a 6Ft 6" MUSCLE MAN APPEARED IN THE HUT DOORWAY SCREAMING AT US LIKE A MANIAC wearing a air of trunks and a tan - WE HAD MET CPL.BELL OUR D.I. AND CONSTANT COMPANION FOR THE THE NEXT EIGHT WEEKS! Good old Cpl Bell he soon got us into shape and we came to respect him. Two years on I was demobed and I saw him on the TV Saturday afternoon wrestling a couple of times, Kent Walton was the commentator and commented he was a new hopeful.
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Billy/Paddy 08 April 2006 19:21
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RAF Bridgnorth

I served in Bridgnorth from October to December 1958. Our DI was Cpl. (Timber)Wood. I still have my Flight photo signed on the back by all the lads in my hut. I was 17 years of age and a bit giddy. Timber soon knocked that out of me. I still remember that sense of achievement when we all finally marched in step across the square.
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Wop 13 June 2006 12:45
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RAF Bridgenorth

When did it close down? Ive been in Australia for the past 32 years. Have been back to UK several times, one of which was in 2004. Drove to Bridgenorth to see what I could remember and asked the way to the camp. "Oh, you mean the RAF camp? Closed down mate, several years ago." Anyway, have fond memories (even if I didnt think so back then). Was in A Squadron (red plastic disk behind our cap badge). This was mid-1960 (July I believe). We travelled by train from Cardington, then coached to the camp. Recall seeing some airmen painting paving stones with small paint-brushes and others cutting grass with small sissors! Found out later on that D squadron had just passed out and were having a lend of us new arrivals! About DIs swearing ... our DI copped a stern talking to by the padre. You see, we were marching back and forth and our DI decided we werent up to it, so he let fly a string of unflattering jargon at the top of his voice. The padre came out of his office, ordered the DI to halt us and took him to one side. Upon his return, a very red-faced DI dismissed us for the day! Ah! Those were the days! Cheers for now.
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RAF Bridgnorth

Yes i too was at RAF Bridgnorth to do my Squarebashing. Recall the Train trip as well from Cardigan and then the hussle and bustle of getting settled in. Our DI was a Cpl Nimmock (his good old saying to us all om parade) (you orrible little man,what are you) and i only recall the Platton which was D Platoon,cant remember the Flight and Hut number,wish there was someone there who could. He was really good at smacking that 303 Rifle on parades you could hear it all over. We won the Passing out Trophy for that intake and we were all so proud. Yes they were the days never to be repeated,what a shame. I later went on to Compton Basset for our W/OP course and then we were sent to Innsworth awaiting shipment to Aden on the SS Dunera. Cheers Mac
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Geoff 09 April 2007 20:03
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RAF Bridgenorth A flight hut 27? 1955

I too remember the trip from Cardington to Bridgenorth station and then "trucked" to the camp. The guy in front of me tripped on jumping off the truck. I started laughing as I jumped down myself. the next thing I heard was a torrent of abuse about being a funny back stud (sounded like that anyway) and i was advised that would be last smile for some time to come. 15 minutes later when the mayhem had died down I was volunteered as Hut Leader?? along with several other "Volunteers" for different huts. I asked what being "hut leader"? was about. I was told "You keep this lot in order, Or I come down on you" OK! Being a 510" ruckle of skin and bone and looking at varmits built like the proverbial brick Shizenhousen I just knew I was going to have great time. A Flight Red disk right enough not certain about hut 27 but close to that. Our DI came from Perth Scotland. He became "BUUIT" from his instruction :- "You place yor right buuit next to yor left buuit like so". My second (hut leader) claim to fame at Bridgenorth was arriving on parade 4 minutes late. The "ROAR" was heard back home in Altrincham Cheshie. "Where the ** ell do you think youve been Airman Do you think you can come as you ** ** please?" Reply? "I just had a shower staff". response? "Right laddie get on parade". (Buuit). Reaction? Stunned shock from my fellow inmates. When Buuits asked about the "Shower" later I told him I had had a Sister and Bro in the W/RAF and knew a little bit about Queens Regs. "Once is enough laddie," He said. "Dont push yer luck". Buuits and I got on OK after that and I got demoted from "Hut Leader?". As for violence. After a field exercise where a DI came off second best in an unarmed combat exercise (more an ego trip for him). I got a right thump in the gut while standing to attention. The response from the other Dis was instant. He was dragged unceremoniously away and I had me hat reversed my pack removed and was generally "jollified" away from the scene and asked quietly if I wanted to press any charges. When I said ""No" the relief was obvious and Buuits and I got on even better. "Better" on a hut basis not out side of it. He was a professional was our Buuits.
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Geoff 09 April 2007 21:08
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I wanted to make sure it didnt disappear. see previous post re disappearing entries. Another thing I vaguely remember while at at B/north. Some guy from a Flight/hut had failed to salute an officer and he had had them doing extra square bashing for ages. The whole flight. A few days later this officer was seen approaching from a great distance. A DI from that flight had the lads line up in twos and threes spread about four to six feet apart and sent them up the road to meet the said officer. He sent others up the paralell road in the same order. That officer resembled a windmill coming down the road, saluting every few yards. He turned off and tho I couldnt see it I reckon his face must have been a delight to see when he met mark2 march past. I was in "pool flight" by then and only saw a part of it and didnt think much of it until later when I asked about it. Any one out there involved or heard about it? Pool flight was easy tme compared to sqare bashing. I was headed for Police School at Netheravon but my papers were "delayed"???. There were bets laid at home about my chances of being a copper. The local coppers knew our family intimately. If you know what I mean. Anyway the pool flight for me meant general dogs body for the guardroom while my papers caught up with me. After a few weeks I was getting the hang of it and when a cop needed to get away suddenly it was agreed I could "stand in" for an evening until things were sorted out. Picture this! Theres me in borrowed whites when my friend from School comes strolling through the gates late that evening. "AIRMAN! get over here at the double". "youre a mess airman." "when did you last get a haircut?" then "Hey Al pal how yer doing"? these are the gems wot last forever. 8 weeks basic 12 weeks pool flight. it finished when Presidenti Lopes of Portugal paid a visit to Buckhouse. All spare bodies were rounded up and sent to Uxbridge for route lining training. Uxbridge home of the RAF Regiment Queens Flight. The guys who started the Robot "By the numbers" arms drill stuff. My claim to fame there? I heard the parade officer tell the drill sergeant; "have them ground arms sergeant and give them 30 mins NAFFI break. Every one else heard "SHOULDER ARMS". I heard "GROUND ARMS" The rest did an about turn and I was left on me todd wiff me gun on the ground for the next 30 mins. I was thanked for volunteering to keep the spot warm for the boys on NAFFI break. The route lining became a shambles as the order "Change Step" continuously rippled down the line of march until it looked like we had invented the "Shuffle Step". After that I was sent home on leave until orders to report to Netheravon arrived. The locals were trying to collect their winnings believing I had been booted out. RAF Netheravon? Thats another story. Those papers? I ended up with three sets and because we all know the RAF dont make mistakes. I got a demob suit and two cheques in lieu of a suit when I finished in December 1959. Strange I only ever got one pay per month. I wonder if there are two lots of uncollected pay some where. or Maybe some accounts wallah still blesses me name on a regular basis. For the record 4172897 a/Corpral Morgan G. RAF Police (Dogs)
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Fergie 11 May 2007 19:40
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Anyone going to the Bridgnorth reunion on 18th August 2007 ?,if so, see you there and hopefully have a good natter about old times etc Fergus
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Peter Barnes 18 June 2007 13:50
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I did my "square bashing" at Bridgenorth in February/March 1957 and I was billeted in Hut 292. Our drill instructors were Corporals Parnell and Fowler: the former being the hard one and the latter soft -I wonder whether they swapped roles with each intake! Only recently I learnt that RAF drill instructors were trained by the Brigade of Guards at Pirbright, which explains a lot. We spent a very frosty night camped out somewhere near the Welsh hills, with only our cape/groundsheets for shelter. The only member of our intake I can name is Mike Bradbury and I know that he was stationed at RAF Wellesbourne Mountfield at one time. He and I used walk down to the River Severn on Sunday afternoon for a welcome break from the camp and genteel afternoon tea! The arrival at Bridgenorth was a rude awakening as the few days at Cardington were pleasant enough and we were watched over by an avuncular corporal, who must have been near demob. The train journey seems to last for hours as we were diverted into sidings to allow other trains past. On arrival we were shouted at and ordered to get into a lorry with our kit, as it pulled away. I was not sure whether I had joined the Guards or been sent to Colditz! I really understood the reason behind the stern discipline when I was posted on active service to Cyprus- if you stopped to question an order, you could end up with a bullet in your head: acting together (even if the order turned out to be wrong)was far safer than everybody doing their own thing.
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Ken Garner 23 July 2007 22:44
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Bridgenorth reunion.

Hi. A note for Derek Best. I too went to Bridgenorth in april 1951, we may have been partners in crime!!! Also a note for Fergus Kemp. See you at the reunion. My wife is also accompanying me. Ken
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Fergie 11 August 2007 17:58
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Hi Ken Hope to see you next weekend Ken,Im booked in Fri / Sat nights at a B and B somewhere in the Moreton area,coming with by brother-in-law and his wife (My sister)Looking forward to an enjoyable weekend Fergus
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Fergie 26 August 2007 18:08
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I must put on record my thanks to Haydyn Smith ,his friend Cpl Mike Briggs of RAF Cosford and his assistants, the local ATC cadets who worked so hard to make last weekend a most enjoyable one,dispite the atrocious weather on the Saturday. Due to the weather conditions we were not able to visit the memorial gardens and plaque on the old Cookhouse chimney,but did enjoy a couple of hours in the town itself which brought back some pleasant memories. The meeting and get together on the Saturday evening went well,one of the interesting things was the large screen at the end of the room which was contually showing all the old end of course photos. I didnt get to meet any one from my old course but did get to relate and discuss all the old memories from those far off days. Sunday morning was taken up by a visit to the new cold war museum at RAF Cosford All in all a very enjoyable week end.Am looking for ward next years reunion. Fergus
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Dennis Homewood 30 October 2007 15:12
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I was at Bridgenorth on D Squadron for two months from 24th April 1956. I remember the rail journey and the transport from Bridgenorth Statuon to the camp which was on that day by Lorry. I quite enjoyed the experience. there was no lack of hard discipline at home, my father having done a few years in Brown, before I joined so did not find the service type much different. While I was there, some of the lads, me included were selected for special training as we were to go down to London to be included in a troup at the White City Tattoo ( where the Tournament was then held) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Victoria Cross.Unfortunately we had to have our jab boosters twio weeks early and the result was that I had vaccine poisoning. Instead of going down to London I finished up in the sick bay where I learned to lay to attention on the daily M Os inspection. I was able to return to my original flight until passout, but I missed the survival weekend away. Our flight won the drill cup, mainly I think due to us having our own D I to command us instead of a wimp of an officer from another squadron as was often the case. i was unlucky in copping the tin room every time our lot were on fatigues. All in all a very good experience. Unfortunately our my squad photos were accidentally destroyed a few years ago, they all had the names on the back so regret I do not recall many names.
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Jim Mccambley 29 January 2012 12:58
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Hi Browsing the web the other day, imagine my surprise to find a photo of my intake in June 1962. You can see it at this address: http://www.rafbridgnorth.org.uk/peoplelist3/1962_june_intake.html Unfortunately, the memory has now dimmed so much that I cannot put names to faces, except for five - me, Sgt Jackson, Cpl McMurtrie, Cpl Petrie and one other...the very large guy in the back row in civvies. They couldnt find a uniform big enough to fit him His name was Kitione Lave. He was from Tonga, and was a heavyweight boxer. There is a piece about him at this link: http://www.fighttimes.com/magazine/magazine.asp?article=534 The article says he died a few years ago. But that got me to thinking that I might like to hear a few more names, so if anyone recognises themselves or knows anyone in the picture, Id love to hear from you. On a final note, I read somewhere else that Sgt Jackson became the SWO at Halton or Cosford, and earned the reputation of being one of the best SWOs the RAF ever had. Feel free to treat that with a hefty dose of salt However, if anyone knows anything about sgt Jackson, I am curious about him too James
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As some other posters have quoted i too was first at Cardington where the "Softly softly" approach was used and thenwhen the DIs. from Bridgnorth turned up, all Hell broke loose. Shouting and screaming they had us running every which way, loaded us on to a Train, with our Kit Bags and then onto trucks for the journey to B/North. Once there it was Bolluc.ings non stop until halfway through the eight weeks, then as we were being licked into shape the Cpl. instructors eased up a bit. It was Feb. 1954,breaking ice in the outside wash room and shaving in freezing cold water. Funny how after just a few weeks how we looked with scorn at the New lads coming in who could not march or do arms drill. I cant remember any Numbers of flights etc. but we had a green disc behind the cap badge. I also remember at first we did not know just which officers to salute so saluted anyone who remotely looked like one. In the end we passed out,by this time the D.I.s. were our pals, ( Cant believe it today but then we even took them down to the local Boozer and bought their beer all night. Did not know at the time but they were treasured moments in my life.
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