issue reaches you later than intended because your editor was diagnosed with a
rare form of cancer. My consultant in Southampton referred me immediately to
the top urology department in a
Sgt. Charles Wallis arrived at Cour Henri IV on 30 January 1954 and was assigned the post of RASC Secretary until 10 July 1956.
After his military
service Charles signed a contract to work as the Secretary to Manager of Grace
y Cia. (
Sally, a New Zealander, in Montréal and they have two children, both married,
and three grandchildren. One son works
January 1954 ~ The US Navy launches the “Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine
Richard Hales served as a dental Technician at the Quartier Chateau from July 1953 until June 1954. Richard
now lives in
After leaving the Army in August 1954 Richard decided on a career change and went to work for a local firm that produced diesel engines where he stayed for the next thirty two years, during this time he had various jobs ranging from machinist, tool setter and production foreman but most of his time was spent as a work study engineer. In 1986 Richard was made redundant and after a few weeks in a temporary job with a firm of civil engineers he secured a job as senior production engineer with a firm that made hi tec multi layer circuit boards about which he knew very little when one needs a job one doesn’t mention this lack of knowledge but gets on with it and learn quickly. He remained with this Company until retirement in 1999. In retirement Richard and Pauline tend to have quite a few holidays and when at home he enjoys model engineering and voluntary work.
July 1953 ~ The Korean war is over after 3 years of bloody fighting costing over two million lives
Barry Hayes served as a member of the RAF Police at
leaving the RAF Barry worked for Vickers (later BAC and British Aero Space) at Weybridge, on various aircraft including Concorde. Later
moved to Filton working on Concorde and then to Farnborough later to
test rig Concorde. After twelve and a half years at the end of Concorde
production, Barry then worked at the Inspection Department for RFDGQ at Godalming before moving to Drummonds Inspection Department.
He was then recruited by Lucas Defence as Inspection
engineer for a reverse engineering exercise, for the Egyptian military on
Russian equipment. This lasted for twelve years until glasnost stopped
everything. Then followed a period of a few years when Barry was self-employed
installing BS 5750 later to become ISO into various companies. At the same time
he built his
Barry and Irene would like to hear from: Ron Wheeler, George Skinner, Eric Crittall, Pete Maskil, and anyone that remembers them.
April 1955 ~ Churchill resigns as P.M. and is succeeded by Anthony Eden
The last Newsletter
was returned to me with the sad news that that Reginald Wheeler passed
away earlier this year. Reginald was a Flight Sergeant in the RAF Police at
Royston Jones, who was member of the Melun Communications Flight from December 1956 to August 1959 was called to the airfield in the sky in September.
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On a recent visit to my late wife’s family in
Sipping my aperitif and glancing across the road I thought about how all the surroundings had changed. Of course, many of the shop fronts were different, but not the buildings themselves. Tucked away in a corner stands a relatively small bar and I was immediately reminded of an amusing incident that happened there just a couple of days after my arrival……………
Many of us, I am sure can recall the oddball plumbing
and quaint toilets in
Another dark and grotty
toilet actually came to my rescue a few months later but this time in
Brian Gibbons (
Just caught your site whilst looking for the AFCENT Badge. I have it on my Certificate of Service, But I am In the process of getting my Station and Squadron Badges as well as Command as I did some 35 yrs in the RAF.
Married life started at
I’ve a good pic of the football team. Oh my first son was born in The French Military Hospital. as he was a Ceaserian birth complete with French Birth Certificate
note to thank you for a very enjoyable evening on Saturday. Tim and
I had a good time. It was nice to meet up with old friends and meet new ones.
We also appreciate the hard work you and the team put into the
Linda Hunt (Thame, Oxon)
When I arrived at
Ron Gray (Balby, Yorks)
David Talbot, son of the BBC war correspondent seeks
WWII men with stories to tell for the WWII EXPERIENCE CENTRE in
I put him in touch with two friends of mine and (the Leeds
archive people) they are over the moon: Tony Iveson
DFC, the Dambuster whose bomb finallly sank the Tirpitz and Capt Eric "Winkle"
Brown, Fleet Air arm (see Google of him or Guinness Book of Records) who flew the jet planes
found in Germany in 1945, back to
Farnborough, also Himmler's private plane and knew Hannah Reitsch
who tried to persuade Hitler to use Kamakasi pilots -
he said NO. David does about an hour's tape for the archives in
The lads can get the full picture by clicking on wwwwar-experience.org As they will see this vast collection of memorabilia includes letters, photos etc and also the Korean War, but mainly 39-45. Tony Iveson and Winkle Brown are amazing, almost 90 and still at it, lecturing and travelling. Tony with his girlfriend touring etc, but Winkle said to me at lunch when I said, laughing about Tony (he was Helen Cordet's boyfriend, stole her from Prince Philip) "You still get the urge" "Yes, I do, but I can't remember what for"
Delay on “GUNNER IN PARIS” but should be out Feb/Mar with the pix sent in by the lads.
Does anyone from Quartier Chataux know the whereabouts of Douglas Rosenbaum, RASC,
who later worked for Reuters in
Peter Kinsley (Peckham)
1958-1959 were two wonderful years full of great memories spent at AAFCE. My wife came over for a two week holiday in 1959 and my eldest son was conceived there in the city of love. Thats what I tell my other two sons and friends. It gets a laugh.
Pat and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on
4th January this year and we had a wonderful day. We are sorry to be missing
the reunion this year. We have had this trip booked almost a year ago. Pats
aunt lives in the
Good luck for the reunion, I know it will be a hit because all those attending are of a special breed.
Take care and God Bless
Harry Horn (Cullercoats, Tyne & Wear)
Brian Gibbons (
Yes, I think I do
remember Pete Kinsley and the dog Gunner.
He will remember the many run-ins we ‘young ones’ had with Art Rink the
Guards RSM whose thankless job it was to try to make soldiers of us. Charles Wallis (
I recently spent some time in
I spent half an hour with him and although he knew my face he could not remember who I was and was unable to hold a conversation. If any Font Vets who knew him well would like to ring me on a more personal side of his condition, on my home number 01352-711877.
Brian Russell (Mold)
BRIAN WARD ~ UPDATE
It seems a miracle that Brian has beaten double pneumonia and is getting better and stronger by the day after his two weeks stint in hospital. We did have a minor scare when they thought that he was getting another infection and were on the verge of calling an ambulance, again, when his temperature returned to normal.
Since Brian went back to Sanyres,
Jim and I have continued to visit him daily to ease him back into his routine.
He was so out of it in hospital that he thought he was either in a hospital in
After spending two weeks flat on his back he got a new bedsore and his original one was threatening an infection so they took Brian down to the theatre to do a deep cleanse of both of them. Things there have also improved and on his last outpatient visit to the hospital they have told the Home to continue the treatment as set out by the consultant.
We are now just visiting 3 - 4 times a week as we have also been busy with the lawyer in the hope that the insurance company will finally agree to Brian's lifelong financial/medical help. The good news is they have agreed to fund Brian's care for a further three months - up to 31 January. Meanwhile our lawyer will speak to a litigation lawyer to see how we can move forward. We still have a long way to go but watch this space.
Brian received a visit from Brian Russell, a friend,
who knew him when they were in
Another successful thing we have done is to get Brian over to our apartment for afternoon tea. Jim came up with the brain wave of using the taxi we always have for Brian's outpatients appointments, picking Brian up from Sanyres and driving him to our home then taking him back at the agreed time. This we did last Thursday and Brian really enjoyed himself, it being the first proper outing he has
had since his accident. We invited some of our friends that Brian knew and he recognised them and remembered their names. He not only ate everything we gave him but when he left us he would have been just in time to have his evening meal. We shall be doing it again and inviting some other friends (we did not want to overwhelm him with too many people at once) in about two weeks as these are dry runs to get him over here for his Christmas dinner on Boxing Day.
That is all for now folks. Once again, thank you to those of you who continue to email messages for Brian, sending him letter cards etc, all of which we take to him. We do not mention any bad news and again I request that you keep your messages short and sweet as his attention span is not what it used to be. Keep up with all your prayers. Take care and God bless. ~ Iris and Jim
On a fine weekend
at the end of September 58 veterans including wives and partners gathered at
It was also agreed
that we hold our next
After an excellent dinner in the evening we danced to music provided by Bo-Jangles either side of the raffle which realised £310. A selection of photographs from the weekend is included as a supplement to this issue.
The Honiley Court Hotel, near Warwick, has been booked for our Reunion next year. The cost is £70 per person per night for dinner, bed and breakfast. There is no single supplement. A deposit of £15 per person is payable, deposits will be deducted from your account when you check out. This represents excellent value for a weekend in a hotel set in beautiful country surroundings.
We would like to see as many of you as possible there. All you have to do is complete the Form attached to this Newsletter (CLICK FOR BOOKING FORM) and send it with a cheque for your deposit. Cheques will not be banked until the spring when the deposits are payable to the hotel.
W A N T E D
Good home(s) for the following PC accessories:
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1 x Lexmark 17G0060 Colour ink cartridge
10 x Verbatim 8x-12x 700MB Hi-Speed CD-RW discs on spindle (unused)
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Call Ted Caton on 01245 256790 or e-mail email@example.com
THE CATON COLLECTION – PART 5
More from correspondence received by Ted Caton following the publication of his “An Erk’s-Eye View”.
“The memories of square bashing came flooding back with a vengeance, the smell of saturated uniforms in the so called drying room, polishing of galvanised buckets as adjuncts to the black leaded stoves and the incessant screaming of orders by the demented DIs. I recall the dreadful food on offer at Wilmslow which really beggared description from day one of being there. For example fried bread was produced by stacking sliced loaves, 8 in a large deep tray, molten fat was then poured over the top and the tray placed top shelf in a hot oven. You watched through a glass spy hole until the bread started to smoke and then opened up the oven and the cinderised offering went straight out to the servery.”
From J of Hockley, Essex
“I remember F/O ***** [Adjutant at RAF Norton] very well, I had been issuing fuel all morning and at 12.00 hrs it was pay parade. I was wearing rubber boots and sea boot socks, plus a waterproof jacket. I went on pay parade which had already started wearing all of this.”
“The paying officer had me put on a charge, it was for being improperly dressed. Even though it is 47 years later, I can still remember standing in the corridor in headquarters waiting to be marched in front of the Adj. There was a plaque on his door which read F/O A N F ***** Adjutant. I have never forgotten that. But the good news was, that I got off the charge as in Air Force Regulations you were not allowed to work on a fuel installation wearing footwear that could cause a spark. So I got off.”
“I recall that F/O ***** was a short thick set man, with reddish hair, he always appeared to be looking for trouble or causing it. He was a person I stayed clear of.”
From P of Paignton, Devon
AND FINALLY ……………….
Copy for the Newsletters is still desperately needed. You must have some stories of those halcyon days in Fontainebleau which you would like to share with our readers. Snippets of current news will also be welcome.
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With warm seasonal greeting to you all and best wishes for 2009.
Sandy Warrener, a storekeeper at Fontainebleau between October 1954 and August 1956 passed away at the end of November