I did my National Service from 1954 - 1957, in the Royal Engineers
As a regular soldier. I was offered a place in the Army Photographers
School in London. I passed the course.
I was posted to Dortmund in Germany. On my arrival I was told
that the post of photographer for the regiment was no longer
available as the photographic requirements for the army would
now be performed by civilians.
I became a Signals Instructor after attending a technical course
in Gillingham, Kent, and then posted back to 23 Field Engineer
Regiment, 38 Field Squadron, as a Signals Instructor (Pronto)
as a corporal. Back then we operated AM in the 2 - 2.8 Mhz band.
The equipment consisted of Wireless sets 19, 22, 62, at around 2
Mhz, and 31 in the VHF band. It was my job to instruct officers and
other ranks the theory and operation of field wireless equipment,
battery charging, and the then new Phonetic Alphabet, still used
I passed the 11 plus exam in 1947, and went on to the Southern
Grammar School For Boys, then situated in Albert Road, due to
the original school having been bombed in WW2