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Post  Aussie Nick on Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:50 am



3 Para Group WO’s and Sgt’s Mess including 7 RHA and RAF Detachment members, Hamala Camp.



The chap with the cross on his chest is “Bob Hind” RAF P.J.I. he was with 3 Para for years including Pitts Rd in Aldershot. He was the Library Officer with the Western Australia Ministry of Justice when I joined them in 1980.



Tug Wilson is on the right in the second row. How many more names can be added?



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Post  Tug Wilson on Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:37 am

Actualy i am the second from the right in the second row, and on my left as you look at the picture is Derick Day,i will name many more later,thanks for the picture Nick.
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Post  Aussie Nick on Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:27 am

Tug,
The chap next to you is called Driscoll, Dereck Day is up on the top left next to Dave Gibbons.
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Post  Tug Wilson on Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:16 am

Aussie Nick wrote:Tug,
The chap next to you is called Driscoll, Dereck Day is up on the top left next to Dave Gibbons.
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You are correct Nick it is Jim Driscoll,others i can manage to pick out,CSM Charlie Altus,CSM Di Williams,CSM Arthur Watchus,Adjt Capt Mc something (wounded in the arm in the Radfan),B/Master Bibby,Farrrar,RSM Arthur Channon,CSM Rex Sharman,Sgts Joe Day,Ted Planson,Banks Middleton,Darkie Davidson?,Jim Driscoll,Me,Mick Kane,Derick Day,Dave Gibbons,Sid Roberts,Ped Palmer REME? sorry to say other names escape me (Lack of the little grey cells)I think maybe Paddy Rochford is there as well but i shall keep trying.I can't see Pete Garraghty who i know was on that tour.
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Post  Wrockwardine Wanderer on Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:37 am

Front Row, 3rd in from the left, Geoff Stead CSM 'B' Coy, fondly known as Steady Geoff by us underlings. Would be able to pick out more if I could zoom in. Got to know Joe Day well on watermanship course in Jebel Alley and Internal Security in British Guyana. Does anyone know their whereabouts and contact details?
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Post  Wrockwardine Wanderer on Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:59 am

Thanks for the E Mail Nick, and super quality photo. At present can only come up with one other name. 4th left 2nd row:- Scouse Tynan (Yer alright lad)
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Post  terryg on Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:34 am

to the right of flag is Spud Taylor C/Sgt C Coy i think
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Post  Tug Wilson on Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:14 am

Was the RQMS "Charlie" Storey?,and i seem to remember that "Scouse" Tynan ran the Peggy in the 'shot at some time after he left the Regiment.
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Post  Alec Taylor on Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:50 pm

terryg wrote:to the right of flag is Spud Taylor C/Sgt C Coy i think

Yup "Spud" is definitely that man, I am his son and have just come across this forum after a random search for "3 Para in Malta".

Spud is suffering from Alzheimers and has done so now for nearly 3 years, he settled back in his home town of Troon, Ayrshire approx 8 years after demobbing. But about 18 months ago he had to be placed in a secure nursing home near there because his medical condition deteriorated so badly. he spends most of his time now in the past and his many ventures with the Parachute Regiment. the last time I saw him he thought I was one of his trainees on a driving cadre. Not good seeing like that but he did have a fruitful life.

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Post  Wrockwardine Wanderer on Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:16 pm

I think it is SQMS Ollie to the right of Bandmaster. He was No1 (Top Chef) in the Cookhouse at Normandy Bks. Whilst acting orderly officer one lunch time he asked us toms "any complaints" to which I cheekily replied " Yes sir". "Well", he said. "Eaten them sir", I quickly added. It was not a good idea to say there was anything wrong with the scoff especially if you were on cookhouse fatigues the following week.
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Post  Wrockwardine Wanderer on Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:30 pm

Another name:-
2nd Row 3rd from left, Griff Williams between Joe Day and Scouse Tynan. If I've got the right guy he was a good mate of Tommy Morrisons and my Pl Sgt in Depot (273 Pl).
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Post  Tug Wilson on Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:40 am

Alec Taylor wrote:
terryg wrote:to the right of flag is Spud Taylor C/Sgt C Coy i think

Yup "Spud" is definitely that man, I am his son and have just come across this forum after a random search for "3 Para in Malta".

Spud is suffering from Alzheimers and has done so now for nearly 3 years, he settled back in his home town of Troon, Ayrshire approx 8 years after demobbing. But about 18 months ago he had to be placed in a secure nursing home near there because his medical condition deteriorated so badly. he spends most of his time now in the past and his many ventures with the Parachute Regiment. the last time I saw him he thought I was one of his trainees on a driving cadre. Not good seeing like that but he did have a fruitful life.

I am sorry to hear about "Spuds" terrible illness,i remember he was best mates with Ted Heath who later made RSM of 2 Para i think,they were always together when they were in the MT Pln.
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Post  Alec Taylor on Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:46 am

Tug Wilson wrote:
Alec Taylor wrote:
terryg wrote:to the right of flag is Spud Taylor C/Sgt C Coy i think

Yup "Spud" is definitely that man, I am his son and have just come across this forum after a random search for "3 Para in Malta".

Spud is suffering from Alzheimers and has done so now for nearly 3 years, he settled back in his home town of Troon, Ayrshire approx 8 years after demobbing. But about 18 months ago he had to be placed in a secure nursing home near there because his medical condition deteriorated so badly. he spends most of his time now in the past and his many ventures with the Parachute Regiment. the last time I saw him he thought I was one of his trainees on a driving cadre. Not good seeing like that but he did have a fruitful life.

I am sorry to hear about "Spuds" terrible illness,i remember he was best mates with Ted Heath who later made RSM of 2 Para i think,they were always together when they were in the MT Pln.

Thats right Tug, Ted was my Godfather, he passed on about 22-23 years ago now after a short illness. I do remember your name from the past as well more than likely from the Sgts Mess when they had the rugrats and families lunches, mebbe even Spud talking about you. My mother Dot remembers you as well and many of the other names I saw on here. She is trying to look for some photos for me to post on here as well for you guys

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Post  Tug Wilson on Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:56 am

Wrockwardine Wanderer wrote:I think it is SQMS Ollie to the right of Bandmaster. He was No1 (Top Chef) in the Cookhouse at Normandy Bks. Whilst acting orderly officer one lunch time he asked us toms "any complaints" to which I cheekily replied " Yes sir". "Well", he said. "Eaten them sir", I quickly added. It was not a good idea to say there was anything wrong with the scoff especially if you were on cookhouse fatigues the following week.

When "Ted" was the cook Sgt in 3 Para he got run out of the Bn. by the lads after a bad christmas dinner,they threw a rope over a beam in the cookhouse to hang him with and went to get him,but he managed to escape by jumping on his motorbike and speeding away.It was only later that he returned to the Bn. as WO2 back in charge,i used to wind him up about that incident,he just used to laugh and try to say it never happened,but i remember it,great bloke though all the same.RIP Ted.
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Post  Tug Wilson on Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:21 am

Thanks Alec for the quick reply,were you with your mum out in Bahrain also?,If so you might remember that only 80 members were allowed to take families with us,i was one of the lucky ones and had the wife and two of my children out there,but most of the time we were off the island,up in Oman or the Radfan or elsewhere in the gulf!! but i remember the lunches in the mess and they carried on for a bit when we came back.I do also remember your mum Dot,I hope she is well please give her my best regards.
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Post  Alec Taylor on Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:20 pm

Tug Wilson wrote:Thanks Alec for the quick reply,were you with your mum out in Bahrain also?,If so you might remember that only 80 members were allowed to take families with us,i was one of the lucky ones and had the wife and two of my children out there,but most of the time we were off the island,up in Oman or the Radfan or elsewhere in the gulf!! but i remember the lunches in the mess and they carried on for a bit when we came back.I do also remember your mum Dot,I hope she is well please give her my best regards.

The first time we went anywhere with the Bn as a family was to Malta in 1968/9 on our return we were posted to 4 Para in Pudsey near Leeds, and then returned to the Shot in 1972.

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Post  Aussie Nick on Wed Sep 30, 2009 11:42 pm

C'mon guys I have been in touch with Alec using e-mail, as poor Spud got rid of most of his military photos etc. I have sent a couple to Alec so dig deep into your albums and see if you can send him anything to do with his dads time in 3 Para, keep it off the site just use e-mail tell him what you have and I'm sure he will appreciate it.
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3 PARA GROUP WO`S & SGTS MESS BAHREIN

Post  dinger bell on Fri Dec 11, 2009 12:30 pm

Any old wrinkley
I cant seem to see Dad Roadknight in the photo,anybody help?
my eyesight is pretty poor (nothing to do with Portuguese handpumps) Laughing Laughing Embarassed

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Post  Tug Wilson on Fri Dec 11, 2009 1:33 pm

To be honest "Dinger" i can't now remember if "Dad" was on that tour but i suppose he was or you wouldn't have asked,was he in D Coy with you and "Pony" at that time?
The only one that looks like "Dad" is in the 3rd rank,3rd from the right but i couldn't be sure of that now,like you, the eyes are not as good as they used to be.
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Post  Aussie Nick on Fri Dec 11, 2009 11:10 pm

G'day Dinger, I'm not sure that "Dad" was on the tour either! If you look Channon is the RSM in the photo now later on in the tour "Nobby Arnold" became RSM. Arthur Watchus moved to "D" McNaughton became the Drill Sgt Maj. and correct me if I'm wrong but "Tom Duffy" was the MTO. another two names not mentioned so far in the rear row is Sid Roberts and Fred Harvey. possibly there were still some folks down Aden way when the photo was taken?
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Post  Tug Wilson on Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:49 pm

Yes some must have been elsewhere Nick,as i know for a fact Pete Garratty(Spelling) was on that tour as well and i don't see him,and that's only one so it's quite probable there were others and where is "Nobby"
By the way nick, RSM Silvers took over from Arthur not Nobby.Nobby was drill Sgt Maj under Silvers in Guiana prior to Nobby taking over as RSM when Silvers went to the Depot, and he and Silvers didn't get on at all.
I think i'm right,but you never know these days!!!.
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Post  Aussie Nick on Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:10 am

Tug, now I am confused, I didn't go to Guyana, if you remember we went the other way to Borneo as an independent Coy. However that was in 66 so where was "Nobby" and all the rest of the blokes we cant find? On the photo which I know was taken in Bahrain the second tour. Bloody gremlins again
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Post  dinger bell on Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:01 pm

Hi Nick & Tug
"Dad" was definitley on that tour , I was in "A"Coy at the same time as him. (could have been a "Jebel Ali" jaunt at that time)
"Nobby" could have been down in Aden when that photo was taken as he was in charge of the boxing team. scratch scratch

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Post  Aussie Nick on Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:52 pm

It's all water under the bridge now with memorys fading, we need sombody who kept a list of the coy nominal rolls like Jim Austen did with "B" Coy in Malta. Suffice to say a lot of those guys are no longer with us and as has been shown that everybody was not always friends either. So this Christmas lads instead of raising a glass to absent friends, just raise a glass to all those "Past and Present members of 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment.
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wo and sgts Mess Bahrein 1964 approx.

Post  sean fitzsimons on Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:03 am

Smile Smile Smile Tug,reading old notes of that time ,I was new kid o n the block.The mention of Pete Geraghty ??If my memory serves me right didnt he get a commission
and move to Ta?
That might account for no show in
in photo!! Sean Smile

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