Served RAF Ballykelly 1969- 1970. Was present when OP Banner commenced. On leaving RAF joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary serving mostly in the North West. Worked alongside military in Londonderry, places like Creggan Camp, Bligh's Lane, Fort George, Ebrington Barracks, Victor Border Checkpoints and a lot of smaller outposts. Saw first hand the deplorable conditions the young soldiers had to work and live in. The long hours without adequate sleep and surviving on a pathetic army rate of pay. Those soldiers who left prior to 1975 didn't even get a decent pension. We remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice but forget about the individuals who were seriously injured and eventually discharged from the military without proper compensation in comparison to civilians with links to paramilitaries. Republicans are trying to re-write history by ignoring the true facts making the Military and RUC out to be the aggressors. The war had been won but Tony Blair and the Labour Government were first to raise the flag of surrender.
you are absolutely correct spent my first tour living in a burnt out bus for 4 months on the outskirts of Belfast had to do 16 hour patrols then we had to guard our bus 24/7 and we lived on rations dated 1954 to 1961
Served RAF Ballykelly 1969- 1970. Was present when OP Banner commenced. On leaving RAF joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary serving mostly in the...
Served in RAF 1961 til 1970. Joined RUCGC for 30 years. Was in west Belfast for a while. Saw all the conditions our friends worked and lived in. Saw hose who never went home Glad to have served with them. We certainly owe them a lot. We never took the flag down in Springfield Road Barracks when I was there.
I served in Northern Ireland in 1972-1973 with the RCT as a Saracen Driver, I was 19 years old and I lost a great friend who was shot by a sniper, he was 20 years old. We have been forgotten and vilified, whilst those who we fought against, have been laurded.