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My service in the Royal Engineers.

Andy Anderson

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I would like to thank all who have emailed me their personel photos of there time in the Royal Engineers that are included on this site, As there are quite a number of photo's, it may take a while to down load,but they are well worth the wait.Without them this site would not have generated so much intrest.If you have any photos which can be included on the site please contact me.
My name is John Anderson,I was born in Sunderland the eldest son of Arthur and Patrica Anderson.We lived in Boldon Colliery till 1961 and then we moved to a then small village called Bishops Tachbrook in Warwickshire.
In 1971 I met my wife Christine(nee Pitcher) and we married on the 18/8/73 in St Chads Church in Bishops Tachbrook.
We have three children, Catherine,Kirsty and John.To date they have given us 6 grand children, Photos of them can be found on "About Sapper696 Page".
Now that i have left the Royal Engineers and all our children have left home we now live in a village called Moreton Morrell In Warwickshire.

Listing Site Updates
I started to build my Royal Engineers site on the 30/09/01.
Photos scanned and added on 31/12/01
About page started on 1/1/02
My Site is added to the Royal Engineers Web Ring on 13.01.02.
27.01.02 Updated site,Hq Sqn photos added.
33 Sqn photos page added.
29.01.02 A second page of Hq Sqn photos started.
27.04.02 30 Sqn photopage started(problems with me hard drive stopped me completeing).
05.05.02 Steve Preece's photo's on 30 Sqn Page.
18.05.02 Tufty Turners photos are added to site.
26.05.02 a 3rd Page of 30 Sqn Photo's are added.
02.06.02 30 Sqn Roll Call Portadown Added
21.02.2004 The 4 copies of the ZULU MAGAZINE added.Thanks to Mac Goldie.
69/11 Training Party Royal Engineers Room 6
15 Sprogs and L/cpl Ron Freeman October 1969. Outside Spider 6 Cove. 14 of us passed out in February 1970.

Royal Engineers
In 1969 I joined the Royal Engineers.The next 9 years and 3 months changed my life some say for the better.
Service Record:
Oct 69-March 70.
69/11 Training party,3 TRRE Cove.
Mar 70-Oct 73.
HQ Sqn, 23 Engineer Regt,Osnabruck.
Oct 73-June 74.
33 Field Squadron,Longmoor.
June74-Dec 75.
33 Ind Field Squadron,Antrim.
Jan 75-1977.
30 Field Squadron,Hohne.
1977-Dec 78
30 Field Squdron,Iserlohn.
30 years in March 2002 since my 1st "Op-Banner Tour"

Looking For Old Mates
I would like to make contact with anybody who served with me in the Royal Engineers or remembers me.

HQ SQUADRON 23 ENGINEER REGIMENT
I am in contact with Ian McPherson,Bill "Dickie" Dickinson,George Penman,Jimmy Learmont and Paul Monk(RIP 15/3/12)

"DIRTY" 30 FIELD SQUADRON
Wully Fulton,Tufty Turner,Bob Twigg,Geordie Craddock,Steve Preece,Cab Burton,Danny Webb,Geordie Forrest,Alex Baines,Alan(Archie)Moore,Dave Hilsdon,Steve Wright,Steve Haddesley,Steve Nugent,Mac Goldie,John Jagus,Bob Beer,Neil Cowie,David Lock,Kev Cowling,Niel Mayfield,Andy "Jock" Nelson,"Plank" Wood,Ben Bullock, Ray Capewell,Sammy Hosking,Steve Novak,Pete "Chimp" Fowles,Taff Thomas (sigs Cpl) and Alex "Al" Bainbridge.

ROLL OF HONOUR
Sadley I Have been informed that the Following members of 30 Sqn are no longer with us,S/Sgt Terry Stuart,S/sgt George Marrotti,WO11 Brian Barnsley, Sapper "Smelly" Smale,Sapper Dave Owen,Sapper Pete Burnett, Tam Anderson and Sapper "Boff" Bradley.

HQ SQN MEMBERS UPDATE

GEORGE PENMAN
Now retired ear Stirling

PAUL MONK
Works for Local Goverment in the Southampton area.Sadly Paul passed away on 15th March 2012

JIM LEARMOUNT
Lives in Glasgow and works for DC Thompson printing newspapers.

BILL "Dickie" DICKINSON
Dickie is a aircraft fitter living and working in the Isle of Man

TALBOT "JIM" READ
Jim completed 22 years ending up as a WO1,He lives in Chatham and is currently a civillian instructor at RSME.

30 SQN MEMBERS UPDATE

LT DICK WINFIELD
Of "A bridge to short Fame"
Was OC of 2 FLD SUP SQN in the Late 80s and was last seen in Ripon about 8 years ago.

L/CPL LEN MATTEWS
Went on to be commisioned,He was a Captain when last seen a few years ago.It is unknown where Len is now.From more recent information Len was De-mobbed in 1998/9 and his daughter is married to a serving Sapper in Hamlin (DEC02)

S/SGT MICK OPIE
Also ended up with a commision,He retired a few years ago as a Captian.He lives on the site of the old Southwood Camp,Cove and works for the army at Deepcut Barracks,Pirbright.Mick wishes to remain ingognito but I am informed visits this site.

CPL "SCOUSE" MORETON
From recent information Scouse is still with us and now lives in Austrailia.

STAN HOWARTH
Last seen in the Bristol as a serving Police Officer in the 90s.

WULLIE FULTON
Now retired and living in Spain.

BOB TWIGG
Now a Distribution Manager and living in Harrogate

ARCHIE MOORE,DAVE HILSDON,JOHN JAGUS,SAMMY HOSKING AND STEVE WRIGHT
Are all living and working in Germany,Steve is in Iserlohn,Archie now lives in Celle and Dave in Weitze,John Jagus is living in Garssen nr Celle.Sammy is now retired with serious back problems and lives in Offen.

ALEX BAINES
Was a Fireman at the Albert Hall,then a shift manager for ASDA at Dartford.He is now retired and lives in Spain

KEV COWLING
Ran a bar in Malta now lives and works in London.

STEVE PREECE
Lives in Leeds and is a HGV Driver

DANNY WEBB
Is a Programes Manager for the long term unemployed and lives near Rotherham.

TUFTY TURNER
is a Driving instructor for the Army and lives in Hull.

GEORDIE FORREST
Works for the railways and lives in Seaham

MAC GOLDIE
Is Living and working as a painter in the Tamworth area.

NEIL COWIE
Is alive and kicking in Bourne in Linconshire.

CAB BURTON
Is living in Kent and runs a Web Hosting Company with his partner

ANDY "JOCK" NELSON
Is living in the Dumfries and works for Glasgow university

RAB McSWEENY
Last seen in Edinburgh driving a Bin lorry in 1998

GERRY O'HANLON
Was Living in Edinbrugh

NIEL MAYFIELD
Now living in the Nottingham area

RAY CAPEWELL
Works as a lighting engineer at the Gailey Depot near Penkeridge and lives in Uttoxeter

JOHN BRUMFIELD
Is living in Blackpool and works as a Bus driver

PAUL "KOJAK" NEEDHAM
Made it to the rank of SGT,I understand he left the army after he got married and lives in the Mansfield Area.

JOHN DARGRAVEL
John is still serving (2003) and is a Major in Canada

IAN COUPELAND
Ian lives in the Gosport area and runs Action bikes in Fareham.

MAJOR DOBBIE
Made the rank of Brigadier and is now retired.He is in contact with the reformed 30 Sqn.

BEN BULLOCK awaiting Ben to send me details.

SSM NORMAN BRIDGET is living in the Manchester.

Please visit my Links Page to find other R.E. related sites.
I would also like to hear of any sites that are associated with the Royal Engineers.Please e-mail me with site addresses.


SOUTHWOOD CAMP

We were sent from Dover,Troon,Chepstow and our Army Career's offices.For those who passed through its gates,this was our Training Regiment.

I understand the site was sold to housing developers.If you would like a copy of this Map please contact me.

Due to the number of visitors who have signed my guest book you will need to view 2 pages to view all entries

In 2006 this page was spammed and all entrie were lost,New entries from Novermber 2010.See links below for archieve entries

2001/2002

2006/2007

2007/2010

Maj Andy Noble and Brigadier Dobie (Retd) 21/04/2004 at 30 Sqn reformation parade.

30 "DIRTY" FIELD SQUADRON

I joined 30 Sqn in early January 1976.The Squadron was part of 32 Engineer Regiment based at Hohne N.Germany.

The Squadron was just starting there OP Banner Training with 7 Field Squadron and 73 Field Squadron (Attatched from Hamlen).Although 26 Armoured Squadron were part of the regiment they were not sent on this tour.On arrival I was told by SSM Baylis that i would not be going on this tour,to be honest i was not that bothered as i had just spent 18 of the last 24 months in Ulster.Other members of 33 who were posted with me were not so lucky including Norman "Ginge" Campbell who recieved GOC commendation on this tour.

Our OC was Major Dobbie who was very religeous on leaving the Squadron we were all paraded in the cinema and presented a with a bible.I often wonder how many bibles he gave away during his career.We were all to meet up with him again in Iserlohn when he returned as our CO of 3 Amde Div Engs.

In 1977 it was announced that 32 Engineer Regiment was to be disbannded.30 Sqn were to move Iserlohn,7 Sqn to Nienburg and 26 Armd to Munsterlager.In early 1978 the Squadron joined 3 Armourd Divison Engineers at Iserlohn.I understand the Squadron was Disbanded in the 90's,but from information recieved the Squadron is now reformed as part of 26 Engineer Regiment at Luggeshall.

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