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Post  Bandeano on Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:17 am

can tell u 62c Cpl Dougherty Sam aka the doc is very much alive and living in N I i ply golf with the sun of a bitch and at 66 he,s robbing me blind any chance off takeing him back he,s def fit enough lol

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Re: "D" Company orbat (Late 60s early 70s)

Post  Tug Wilson on Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:49 am

Nick,the picture with the names of whom you can't remember Laughing I don't know if you knew but Sgt(Bunny) Harvey was one of those badly injured in the Officers mess explosion when he was C/Sgt O/Mess caterer,he was a bloody good man.
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Post  Aussie Nick on Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:29 pm

[quote="Aussie Nick"]
Tug Wilson wrote:Getting back to the "D" Company theme,who,where and when?

I think it is Gus McIntyre's Patrol, ex schoolie and ex 22. Paddy Phoenix (RIP) name forgotten, name forgotten I don't claim to have the best memory on the block and after all it wasnt just last week.
Re the marching troops I seem to recognise Joe Lyall, Self, Collins?, possibly Brian Chaffer, Derek Day and the moustache at the back (Pete G.)
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Post  Aussie Nick on Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:57 pm

sean fitzsimons wrote:s:) Smile Smile On left IAN PHOENIX RIP.Killed in Heli Crash mid 90s Was Det. Super.RUC Special Branch

On Right ALEX SCOTT
.Oh yes it is "!!

3Back Right TERRY Mc QUADE

4.Can not recall Name CLOONEY ??

Smile Smile Smile Sean

Sean, did you mean "Butch Cooney" ?
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Post  Aussie Nick on Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:02 pm

Tug Wilson wrote:Nick,the picture with the names of whom you can't remember Laughing I don't know if you knew but Sgt(Bunny) Harvey was one of those badly injured in the Officers mess explosion when he was C/Sgt O/Mess caterer,he was a bloody good man.

Tug I didn't know that "Bunny" was in the mess. I did know that Jimmy Grant's missus was though (RIP) Crying or Very sad
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Post  Aussie Nick on Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:06 pm

Bandeano wrote:can tell u 62c Cpl Dougherty Sam aka the doc is very much alive and living in N I i ply golf with the sun of a bitch and at 66 he,s robbing me blind any chance off takeing him back he,s def fit enough lol

Tell Sammy to get on line and say Hello, or do it for him if he is not on the net.
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Post  dinger bell on Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:18 pm

sean fitzsimons wrote:Smile Smile Smile Many thanks to Tug.Since for his fine effort.Since I spoke to Tug in the early days[last year] a bit more info has come to light.
The Orbat relates to Patrol Co.posting to Cyprus in 1972.May have found better copy.
The Para photo shows laughing Fred McFarlane ?on right<{seeing what Fred could do to livestock no one was brave enough to mention lack of smile, and he was fast on his toes!!]To left of Fred is Brian Freeman ??
may be wrong.
Jungle bunny BELL was a radio op and very covert,when your small and the trees are BIG you have to be careful!![Jungle may now be Counci Estate!!!] Come on the rest of 3 Para put pen to paper,it does not hurt and I bet you meet old friends.Sean Smile Smile Smile
Next to Brian is Steve Berridge? ( if my poor memory is right)
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Post  Tug Wilson on Mon Jan 25, 2010 2:28 pm

Looking at the picture again "Dinger" i think you right,Steve now lives in Spain and i am told Jimmy Grant lives down there with him and his LHG.
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Post  Aussie Nick on Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:36 pm

Tug Wilson wrote:Looking at the picture again "Dinger" i think you right,Steve now lives in Spain and i am told Jimmy Grant lives down there with him and his LHG.

I don't know aboutr Jimmy Grant however Ian McTavish is now in Spain with his LHG. So is Mick McIntyre but he wasn't "D" Coy that I remember, but a good member of the shooting team.
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Post  Jim Scott on Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:51 pm

Aussie Nick wrote:It is def Brian Freeman, the last time I saw him was in Oz he also emigrated with his family, sometime in the seventies not been seen since, also met Vinnie O'Toole one time out here as well. that phot of the hammock looks good I seem to remember the bloody thing rotted through shortly thereafter.
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Nick, your supposed to get out of the hammock to go for a piss Laughing

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Post  Aussie Nick on Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:54 pm

Why ? Jim.
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Post  Alex Scott on Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:47 am

Aussie Nick wrote:Why ? Jim.
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Exactly,just make sure the bergan is on the opposite side you piss from Laughing
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Post  Jim Scott on Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:31 pm

Aussie Nick wrote:Why ? Jim.
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But Nick
You are supposed to piss over the side,not through the bottom,thats how the bloody thing rotted. Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

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Post  Aussie Nick on Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:41 pm

Now you tell me!!!
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Post  mick bramley on Sat Jan 30, 2010 9:30 am

The officer next to Fred is LT Higgingbottem and the guy on the left looks very much like Steve Berridge

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Re: "D" Company orbat (Late 60s early 70s)

Post  Tug Wilson on Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:11 am

Some more from Sean Fitzsimmons.Looking pensive,or what have i just stepped in.



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Post  Tug Wilson on Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:33 am

The following is also from Sean.(Who for some reason sent it to me written in Latin)

In the early part of 1972 Patrol Co.were back in Aldershot after the demanding times of N.Ireland.It was the time to say goodbye to ,friends and welcome new blood to the fold also cross training ,old and new.for all.
Then a whisper started,as always short on detail but maybe,just maybe true.
Shortly afterwards a briefing session took place.The opening was "Yes,We will swap hats,red for blue enjoying the sun in Cyprus ,oh and we will patrol with mules in the mountains!!!!After a bit of nervous laughter a voice said "there is not a mule in the Shot"
The voice replied "Mule" read RMP horse-3 Week mounted course for all starting Monday!![" Things to remember1.horses are Big. 2 RMP and Paras don't exchange xmas cards!3 Horses belong to RMP.
As experts in gathering information it didnt take long to find out that horses love Polo mints and it didn't take long to empty all sweet shops Crying children were told war had been declared. Hence no sweets!!
The next task was to go and meet our" New friends."They appeared to be Large angry beasts,failed stars from cowboy films and not liking the present company until mints were produced. One exception to the rest appeared to be the model for "My Little Pony","LUCY"was smaller than the rest [possible undercover police horse]and could punch her weight in mints,she was everyones friend until it was apparent she came from Hell !!
We were told about animal care etc.[ If you had a hamster you were streets ahead]Each day would start with PT on horseback to bond with your mount. After you had donated your mint you were dumped on the ground. Then joy of joy to the Racecourse to go over the jumps. no hands. no reins,semi blindfold,no horse!!Each day confidence inproved and so did the bruises..We were told time and time again how they were trained to ignore Ballymurphy bin bands,gunfire and hostile crowds. Nobody mentioned BOMBS!!As the bomb exploded in the Officers Mess,the animals as one ,abandoned their riders on the hard tarmac of the `Shot and headed for stables. Needless to say it was all hands to the pumps. No more bulk buying of mints and when we got to Cyprus we were met by lovely long wheel based Landrovers-----Not a mule in sight!!!

Remember it was long ago and I dont think xmas cards have been exchanged since!!

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Post  Aussie Nick on Sat Jan 30, 2010 9:57 pm



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Post  Aussie Nick on Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:00 pm



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Post  Aussie Nick on Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:13 pm



First beer after the training op at Tutong.
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