Sabratha 1952/53

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yorkydown
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Service Details: joined regiment 1946 to 1956, served Catterick Crookham Tripoli then transferred to RASC/Rct in Tripoli then Uk Aden Bahran uh demobbed 1968
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Re: Sabratha 1952/53

Postby yorkydown » Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:18 pm

trooper2196 wrote:Hi all im writing this on behalf of my brother Peter Trigg he is not computor literate,he served in the 14th/20th from 1952 untill 1955,i did show him what pics i could find here im sure he would love to hear from anybody who knew him.im trying to get him to go to Blackpool this April not sure i will be successful i will go with him if wants to go BUT i will be wearing a 4th/7th tie sorry about that. regards Chris Trigg.

what Sqn was peter with, the name seems familiar with me, did he go to tripoli on the Lancashire Troopship

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bodge
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Service Details: A squadron 1952-1954
Real Name: Malcoln Brown
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Re: Sabratha 1952/53

Postby bodge » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:24 pm

Hi,
According to my Hawks Peter was in C Squad.
Bodge.

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Brian Hunter
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Service Details: 1967 - 1973
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Re: Sabratha 1952/53

Postby Brian Hunter » Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:38 pm

Found this in the 1955 Hawk:-

TRIALS TROOP
TRIALS TROOP was formed in October, 1953 to conduct War Office Use r
Trials of two of our latest tanks . The arrival of the first tank was a grea t
event. Most of Tripoli was at the docks to see it unloaded . The journey to
Sabratha was a triumphant procession, with policemen clearing the road s
before us and a Field Security sleuth warding off the beautiful spies .
The first few weeks were spent finding out how it worked, and we also
acquired a Centurion, which was to follow us around for comparison purposes .
We then spent three weeks on the Gefara Plain and a lot was learned b y
everyone. Shortage of spares reduced our running, and many days and night s
were spent digging in . After Christmas we tried the tank out on some reinforcements
and selected Tpr . Wood as a driver. We also acquired Tpr.
Hoddinott, who became our ace welder, producing many excellent but unauthorised
modifications . In February, the second tank arrived and we wen t
out to the plain for good . The private army had grown and we now had two
3-tonners, a dozer, and a water cart with those most reliable of drivers Tprs .
Trigg, Lamb, Bradbury and Slater
Ya can take lad out o' Preston, but ya can't take Preston out o' lad

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PINKY
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Re: Sabratha 1952/53

Postby PINKY » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:12 am

What were the new tanks ?
atb
pinky 8)

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bodge
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Re: Sabratha 1952/53

Postby bodge » Tue Jan 10, 2012 12:42 am

It was the Carmarthen (I think thats how it is spelt).
Bodge

yorkydown
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Joined: Mon Dec 08, 2008 9:37 pm
Service Details: joined regiment 1946 to 1956, served Catterick Crookham Tripoli then transferred to RASC/Rct in Tripoli then Uk Aden Bahran uh demobbed 1968
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Re: Sabratha 1952/53

Postby yorkydown » Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:09 am

bodge wrote:Hi,
According to my Hawks Peter was in C Squad.
Bodge.

thanx Bodge, now i remember trigg,also didnt the new tank put a few ripples in the Corso Scillia when driving up to Sabratha, local govt not happy lol :D :D

jsj
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Service Details: Joined at Wolverhampton April '52. Square bashing at Hadrian's Camp, Carlisle. Joined 14th/20th at Crookham and posted to Recce Troop. Regiment sailed from Liverpool on ss 'Lancashire' in Nov. '52 to Tripoli, Libya and on arrival at Sabratha posted to 'A' Squadron. Flew twice to Canal Zone in '53 & '54 for divisional motorcycle trial & div. exercises, both times returning on LST 'Snowdon Smith'. On demob in '54, posted to Staffs, Yeomanry at W'ton. Finally paid off in '56.
Real Name: John Sydney Jones
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Re: Sabratha 1952/53

Postby jsj » Sat Sep 07, 2013 1:22 pm

Hi Derek. You were obviously around while I was at Sabratha, but since I was in 'A' Sqdn. and not a particularly keen swimmer, I guess our paths didn't cross very often. The amble down to the OR's beach was always worthwhile, one day several guys and their wives from Wheelus Field, found themselves on 'our' beach. Don't know who were more embarrassed, them or the swaddies! Fortunately perhaps, they didn't stay too long...
Cheers, Syd Jones.

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williamo
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1951-1964.
Crookham,Sabratha,Kneller Hall, Piddlehinton, Munster, Hohne, Berlin, Bengazi, Bovington.
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Re: Sabratha 1952/53

Postby williamo » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:47 pm

Just been browsing these posts, so many great memories, and its 61 years ago now! :)


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