Topic: Blog

Date: 15/08/2019

By: Dick Mather

Subject: VJ Day

On this day in 1945 my brother-in-law's ship was diverted from the invasion of Japan fleet to Java to take the surrender of the Japanese forces there and help with the release of POW's and later with the policing of Java and the fight against the build up of communism that was taking place across the Far East.
Finally with the hand over back to the Dutch it was back to the UK and demob.
I wonder if the 75th anniversary of VJ Day will get the same coverage as VE Day next year?

Date: 14/08/2019

By: johnT Walker

Subject: Miliary Books..

Military Tank and AFV books buy sell

Gents....Please try this site above .You will not be dissapointed....(you will have to join as normal ) but if your a TANKIE you will love it.I have used it of late.Sold so many of my books over the past week or so.Still have some left.Special price to anyone on this Boy's Sqd site..Regards to all looking in...John.Oxford.

Date: 11/08/2019

By: Dick Mather

Subject: Tank Commander

Just read the exploits of Bill Close during his service with the 3rd RTR before during and after WW11; to say the least very interesting and worth the read.
If you have Kindle it's only 99 pence.

Date: 11/08/2019

By: Charlie

Subject: Re: Tank Commander

Also read it Dick

This one I think is better: Armoured Odyssey by Stuart Hamilton MC. He was with the 8th RTR during the desert campaign, Palestine, Syria, Egypt and Italy. Very well written and a joy to read

Date: 08/08/2019

By: Charlie

Subject: Vets Breakfast

We have started a fortnightly Vets breakfast here in Wareham. Word has got around and it's gone from strength to strength.

£5 for a full English and loads of coffee. If you should attend make sure you bring your tin hat but leave the flack jacket at home.

Date: 09/08/2019

By: Dick Mather

Subject: Re: Vets Breakfast

Don't know about flak jacket but the other week I was helping out, at the embryo QRH museum, getting some things ready for photographing and on lifting the body armour had thoughts of the lads sweating their cobblers off in the middle east with the weight of it and all the other kit that is worn, and carried, by the modern squaddy ......
Bit far to come for breakfast but don't they serve tea?
Some who might be able to attend could find it handy to know the where and when.

Date: 09/08/2019

By: Charlie

Subject: Re: Re: Vets Breakfast

Email me (found on the left of the home page) and I will give you the details. Just for you they will make you some tea.

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Do they do a 'full Welsh' with cockles and laver-bread . . . ?

They might be able to cook up a haggis and a we dram or boil up some purdies, NI for potatoes!

Date: 09/08/2019

By: Bert Marner

Subject: Re: Vets Breakfast

Mess tins & "diggers" provided !!!

Date: 30/07/2019

By: Charlie

Subject: Visit

Called in on Garry & Jean Canham the other day. Both of them are what we would say 'are in good order' ( health) although as we grow older Garry forget some things but remembered the past.
As Garry told me, when he was in Waterloo he decided along with Henry Bradshaw and one other to abscond and were going to pinch a yacht from the Wareham area. Only a rowing boat available so decided to row down the river but were seen so two of them jumped overboard leaving Garry in the boat. It was a black night and Henry's voice called out 'throw my bag to me Garry' which, being a good soldier did so. Henry came back 'where is it Garry' and the answer came 'I threw it over the right of the boat' and Henry replied 'I am on the left' plus some unprintable words.
Henry and the other BOY were stuck in the poky but Garry spun a good yarn about seeing the family got a 48 hour pass.

Happy days for some of us.

Date: 30/07/2019

By: Neville in Canada

Subject: Re: Visit

Yes I remember the incident quite well! Garry myself & several other Boy's were involved in the Waterloo Troop walk out to Wool Station. I remember Jimmy Campbell, Paddy Mcgee,, I think about 2 dozen of us were involved! What day's. Piggy was the provost Sgt. & was far from nice to us when we arrived back at his guardroom. I think his words were "You F******* Boy's are in a heap of trouble & you will all be going away for a F****** long time" Looking back I think we all got off pretty light, I didn't even lose my one stripe, other were transferred to other troops, but we all got a good telling off. Take care my brothers.

Date: 31/07/2019

By: Bert Marner

Subject: Re: Re: Visit

Youthful exuberance !!!

Date: 23/07/2019

By: Dick Mather

Subject: Perhaps

Well, today is just one of the days we have been waiting for to see who it is to finally lead Britain out of the EU hopefully on the 31st October this year .......

Hope all are enjoying the start of the school holidays ....

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