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This facility has been made available so that we can update readers with any news or changes which affect the "Arborfield & The September 49ers" web site.  It is also available to anybody who would like to pass on news of interest to us all.  The information will be published in good faith and the Editor cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies in the details supplied.

 

Trevor STUBBERFIELD 52A

Editor.

Published 1st April 2007

 

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Message posted: 15th May 2018

Gialo Barracks & Beyond’. More photos of the area surrounding Gialo Barracks by John Doggett, R.E.

To facilitate access to the additional Libya contributions by readers, a ‘Supplementary Index’ has been added with direct links to the various collections.

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Message posted: 1st May 2018

‘1957, Gialo Barracks floods’.  B/W photos of the event contributed by John Doggett, R.E.

 

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Message posted: 15th April 2018

Several names added and corrections made to the ‘Nominal Rolls Project’.

Several names added to the ‘College Groups’ photos by Alan Walker (75C)

‘Tripoli City’ in colour slides contributed by John Doggett of the R.E. who was stationed at Gialo barracks.

 

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Message posted: 1st April 2018

Another collection of colour slides featuring the Roman city of Sabratha contributed by David Croton.

One new flag added to the VISITOR FLAGS section for Tanzania.

‘Detmold 1962’.  Two group photos may be of interest to Arborfield Air Corps members.  Contributed by Tom Baker of R.E.M.E.  Names and information would be appreciated.

These items had been prepared prior to the suspension of updates as explained below.

 

Admin News.

Unfortunately, due to the indisposition of ‘The Editor’ for a few weeks, updating of the web site was suspended.

My apologies to anybody waiting for a reply to their e-mail.  I will send an answer A.S.A.P.

 

SITREP.

1st April 2001 – 1st April 2018.

Today marks the completion of a 17 year presence of the ‘Arborfield & The September 49ers’ web site on the internet.  There have been two minor alterations to the name since George Millie (49B) first set up the site as a meeting point for members of intake 49B, the ‘September 49ers’.  The changes were made to reflect the widening scope of topics, driven by the contributions of ex Arborfield Apprentices, plus some welcome guest writers.  The site continues, thanks to the financial backing of some private individuals, the ongoing contributions from people who have relevant stories to share and, of course, the readers of the material.  Without visitors, there would be no point in continuing.  Thanks to one and all.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted: 15th February 2018

Another ‘Recreational Excursion’ in Libya.  Destination unrecorded but a mixed selection of local views.

Arborfield Remount Stables’ refurbished.  Video clip from BBC News Berkshire, (External Site).  Please note that the clip is the Copyright © of BBC News, and may be restricted to UK access only.

A photo and link has been added to the ‘Remount Depot’ page.

 

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Message posted: 1st February 2018

Several names added and corrections made to the ‘Nominal Rolls Project’.

 

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Message posted:  22nd January 2018

An edition of the school magazine ‘The Arborfield Apprentice, July 1952’ has been added.  It is very relevant to this web site as it covers the September 49ers (Intake 49B) in 6 Division which included George Millie who set up the site in 2001, through to the February 52ers (Intake 52A) as the junior division in H.Q. Company which included the current Editor of the site in 2018.  The magazine is printed in its entirety and includes the adverts of the day which enhance the memories of the time spent there.  It is the only edition of the 1950s era that we have.  It has been made possible by the generosity of Alan Jones (61B) who supplied the hard copy of the edition for copying to the site.  Many thanks Alan.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st December 2017

Extra photos and a new page added to the ‘Recreational Excursion’ to the Qasar al Haj in Libya.

 

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Message posted:  15th November 2017

Photos of an extended ‘Recreational Excursion’ to the Qasar al Haj in Libya.

 

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Message posted:  8th November 2017

‘Remembrance 2017’ added.

 

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Message posted:  1st November 2017

Several photos added to the ‘Arborfield Pipe Band’ section.

 

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Message posted:  15th October 2017

Two RMP Land Rover photos added to a revised page in the ‘Memories of Libya 1956-59’ article.  They mark the change from 10th Arm’d Div to Tripolitania District in1957.

A new follow on page accommodates some of the photos from the revised page.

 

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Message posted:  1st October 2017

A variety of photos added to a page in the ‘Memories of Libya 1956-59’ article.

 

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Message posted:  15th September 2017

Several more ‘Libyan’ photos added from the David Croton R.E.M.E collection which include……….

A selection of views of the Tarhuna Waterfall’ in the Tripolitania District of Libya.  Also………

Two revised group photos and several of a ‘Scammell Explorer Wrecker’ belonging to the L.A.D. attached to 1 Coy. R.A.S.C. which was still with 10th Arm’d Division before it was disbanded.  An additional motor cycle ‘trials’ photo on the same page.

 

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Message posted:  1st September 2017

Tony Burton REME has added 3 photos to the ‘Memories of Libya 1956-59’ article.

David Croton REME has contributed another large collection of photos of Libya which will be added to his pages over the coming weeks.  The first two are available from his link.

REME visit the USAF Wheelus Air Base. Photo added.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th August 2017

Photos of the 2017 AOBA Reunion and the Annual Joint Apprentice Reunion Weekend have been contributed by Max Warwick (49B).  The pages should be viewed as ‘works in progress’ and details will be added as they become available.

‘Crosses of Remembrance’ have been added to the relevant pages for Brian Charlwood (May 1939) and Derek Breeze (53B).

The name of Gilbert Brunsdon (1939) has been added to the 1939 ‘E’ Company photo previously contributed by Stanley Piggott (1939) who is also in the photograph.

 

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Message posted:  1st August 2017

Stephen Beviere (72C) has added information to the College ‘Passing Out Parades’ section.

Stephen has also added a Photo of ‘J’ Coy. ‘B’ Squad 72C to the College ‘Groups’ section plus names to other photos.  He has also updated the relevant sections of the Nominal Roll Project 1971-1975.

Photos 132 & 133 added to the ‘61B’ Reunion Page.

 

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Message posted:  15th July 2017

2 Documents added to the 61B ‘J’ Company Photos page.

 

Admin News.

To maintain the independence of the web site, no advertising or endorsement of commercial products is normally accepted, although requests are often received.

However, the badge below will be of interest to those of us who wore it as Army Apprentices, and we are now a finite number.  The use of the ‘Poppy’ symbol as the background has been sanctioned by the ‘Royal British Legion’ who benefit financially from each purchase and, as a charity, they support ex-service personnel and families in their time of need.  This is not an endorsement of the product, just an announcement of something that will be of interest to our readers.  Should anybody want further information then just………...

 

Click on the Badge.

 

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Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st July 2017

Photo ‘Pipes & Drums 1962’ added to the Arborfield Bands, Pipe Band section.

A number of added photos relating to ‘Intake 61B’ are available from the ‘61B Index Page’.

Minor alterations include corrections and names added to a variety of articles on site.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th June 2017

Colonel F A H Magee, Commandant of the Arborfield Army Apprentices School 1953 – 55, remembered.

 

 

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Message posted:  1st June 2017

Photo added to the ‘Docs & Photos General’ section. Viewed on e-bay. A.T.S. apprentices receiving instruction in electroplating.  Much more information needed to turn it into a record of the moment.

Photo added to ‘Memories of Libya 1956-59’ of a Morris Commercial wireless car in operation.

More names added to the ‘Project Nominal Rolls’ section.

 

 

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Message posted:  15th May 2017

A sincere thank you to our sponsors who are recognised in our ‘Acknowledgements’ page.

Photos have been added to the Photo Album of Brian Paton (52A).

Various interlinks have been added to pages which are related by contributor or subject.

Several individual names have been added to the ‘Project Nominal Rolls’ section.

 

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st May 2017

David Pilcher (52B) highlighted an Obituary for Major John Sim MC, one time Company Commander of ‘C’ Company in the early 1970s.

Tony Burton REME has added photos to the ‘Memories of Libya 1956-59’ article.

Three photos have been added to the Military Memories section of the ‘Memories of Libya 1956-59’ article.

An ‘Additional Index‘ has been provided to the Libya article to gather together some of the extra contributions which are scattered around in the main web site.

Tom Owen (72C) has provided a photo of the 1973 College Rugby XV. With names.

Tom Owen (72C) has also furnished missing names to a photo in the College Groups section.

The information relating to Niel Taylor (69C) and Ralph Taylor (October 39) has been withdrawn from this web site by the contributor.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Admin News.                                                                                                            Message posted:  1st May 2017

A special thank you for the generous financial offers of sponsorship made by the very few which enable the site to continue for the benefit of the very many.

An appreciation will appear in the ‘Acknowledgements’ page once details are finalized.

Normal service can be resumed today and the site will be ‘on air’ until March 2019.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Admin News.                                                                                                            Message posted:  15th March 2017

The lack of sponsors means that as of the 11th March 2017, the ‘Arborfield & The September 49ers’ web site has been placed on a ‘care and maintenance only’ program.  No new material will be added nor will any revisions or corrections be made.  It will revert to a purely ‘Archival Status’

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Admin News.

Message posted:  1st March 2017

Site Sponsorship 2017 – 2019.

Whilst the site attracts a steady flow of visitors, unfortunately it doesn’t attract enough potential sponsors with just one expression of interest received.  So, although on one really exceptional day last week, there were 1,343 page turns, there comes the realisation that the site has reached the end of the line.  Over the next few days a decision will be made on whether or not it is possible to carry on in some form or another. 

Time to express sincere thanks to those who, over the last 16 years, have contributed their photos, documents and personal memories of life at Arborfield and beyond.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th February 2017

Photo added to the album of the late  Eric Wearmouth (52B).

Photo of Saracen 82-BA-65 added to the Memories of Libya 1956-59 article.

 

Admin News. (first posted 15th January 2017)

Site Sponsorship 2017 – 2019.

In common with many independent web sites, the ‘Arborfield & The September 49ers’ incurs unavoidable costs, the main, and only one for which funding is sought, being the purchase of space on the internet on which to display the site.  The current contract for 2015 – 17 is rapidly coming to an end (11th March 2017).

To stay ‘on air’ for a further two year period, 2017 – 19, I have to seek financial backing from private, individual sponsors. This has been possible over the last ten years but sadly a number of our regular backers have been recalled to H.Q. so I’m hoping that some new names will be added to our ‘Acknowledgements’ page.

If you would like details of the site, and how you could help to keep it alive, please contact ‘The Editor’. It will place you under no obligation whatsoever.

 

 

 Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st February 2017

Photo contributed by Bill Gibson (52A). 1955 Military Tattoo at Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen.

 

 

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Message posted:  15th January 2017

The ongoing search for the missing ‘Apprentice Awards Boards’ is updated by Alan Jones (61B).

Alan Calder (REME) has added some of his photos to the ‘Memories of Libya 1956-59’ article.

 

 

 Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th December 2016

No apologies for self-indulgence by ‘The Editor’ but ‘Some days are Diamonds’.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st December 2016

Do you remember the ‘2007 AOBA Reunion’ when Arborfield was cut off by unprecedented flooding?

Not widely reported but, in July of 2016, Arborfield was once again under water.  There are links below to two reports of the disaster.  Both are external web sites so please use ‘Right Click’ to return here.

‘Arborfield Floods 2016 (1)’.               ‘Arborfield Floods 2016 (2)’.

 

One new flag added to the VISITOR FLAGS section for Swaziland.

 

  Admin News.

Today marks the 10th Anniversary on the internet of the ‘Arborfield & The September 49ers’ under its revised title, and with the ‘Temporary Editor’ behind the desk.  Early next year, if  funding is forthcoming, the site will mark up 16 years during which time our contributors have furnished a remarkable collection of items which record life as it was experienced by the Apprentices at Arborfield and on into the big man’s army.  Looking back at the very early days of the site one can see that the original format has stood the test of time, a tribute to the founder George Millie (49B).

Hopefully the site will continue through years 17 and 18 but, as mentioned previously, its fate is in the hands of our sponsors.  More details will follow after we have all enjoyed the coming festivities.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Admin News.

Message posted:  22nd November 2016

The domain name of the ‘Arborfield & The September 49ers’ archive web site has been renewed.  This time, the registration has been purchased for a two year period and will run until the 3rd of December 2018.  This brings it more in line with the biennial renewal of the contract for the web hosting service.  This is due to be renewed early in 2017.  This will, of course, depend on the ability to raise the necessary finance to purchase the web space on which to display the site.  If successful the site will remain available up to the 3rd of March 2019.  If unsuccessful, the site will be deleted from the www and backed up on various media against the time that it may become possible to reinstate it.

Watch this space for further news.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  8th November 2016

‘Remembrance 2016’ added.

 

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Message posted:  1st November 2016

Two photos have been added to the album of Bill Gibson (52A).  Bill Hesleton (59A) is featured.

A report of the ‘61B P.O.P.’ has been added to their section.

The ‘Web Links’ section is being revised.  Many sites have vanished from the internet, or their U.R.L.s have been changed, which makes our links null and void.  Other internal links continue to be added to ease the path between related subjects.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th October 2016

A number of photos have been added to various collections of the ‘61B Section’.

Details of the liner ‘SS Citta di Tripoli’ added to the ‘Memories of Libya 1956-57’ article.

 

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Message posted:  1st October 2016

Sadly a new page is added to our ‘In Memoriam’ section for Derek Breeze (53B).

Another update to the ‘Remount Depot’ to include some relevant Corps Badges.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th September 2016

The ‘Remount Depot’ was the start of the Arborfield Garrison.  Revised links and information from a local press article added.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st September 2016

Some text and several photos added to the ‘2016 A.O.B.A. Reunion’. 

Bob Askey (72C) has added some names and information to the ‘College Groups’ section.

Remembered by many, more family history has been added to the article on ‘Fred Silver’. RP,  KRRC.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th August 2016

A ‘draft’ look at the ‘2016 A.O.B.A. Reunion’.  It will be a ‘work in progress’ for several weeks to come.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st August 2016

A ‘Cross of Remembrance’ has been added to the ‘In Memoriam’ page for John Cassells (49B).

A ‘Cross of Remembrance’ has been added to the ‘Photo Album’ of Tom Spurs (53B).

A ‘career path’ for Brian Charlwood (May 1939) has been added.

2016 AOBA Reunion. A dozen rough cut photos added on a temporary page which will be deleted when a fuller report is made available.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th July 2016

A ‘Photo Album’ has been opened for Niel Taylor (69C).

Corrections and revisions made to the memoire of Niel Taylor (69C).

A 1930 postcard of an Italian barracks in Homs, Libya, has been added to Max Warwick’s ‘Photo Album’

The Army Apprentice National Memorial web site is temporarily off air.  Meanwhile, photos of the latest gathering at Alrewas can be viewed from the ‘3rd Joint Annual Remembrance’ weekend here on site.  Pending the reappearance of the AANM site, please share the link with anybody who you may feel would be interested in the event.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  7th July 2016

An unscheduled update to make some space in the ‘In’ & ‘Pending’ trays.

A photo has been added to the memoire of Niel Taylor (69C)

A photo has been added to the memoire of Ralph Taylor (October 39)

An ex Arborfield lad is identified in photo 191 in Max Warwick’s Libyan section of his ‘Photo Album’

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st July 2016

Some detail added to the photos of the ‘3rd Joint Annual Remembrance’ weekend.

Alan Jones has contributed two photos of missing ‘Apprentice Awards Boards’ which have been located.

A ‘career path’ for Niel Taylor (69C) has been added.

Two new flags added to the VISITOR FLAGS section for Cape Verde and Lesotho.

 

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Message posted:  15th June 2016

A gap has been filled in the ‘1939 Roll Call’ with the name of Ralph William Taylor, (October 39).

A ‘career path’ for Ralph Taylor (October 39) has been added.

Photos of the ‘3rd Joint Annual Remembrance’ weekend at Alrewas added.  (Initial draft pages).

3 RHA in Libya 1956-7. Two pages of photos added to the ‘Photo Album’ of Max Warwick (49B)

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st June 2016

Several more added photographs and revised text are available from the ‘61B Index Page’.

A copy of a photo in 49er Dick Wright’s photo album has been added to the ‘Sporting Awards’ section.

One new flag added to the VISITOR FLAGS section for Cuba.

The flag for Myanmar (Burma) has been updated.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st May 2016

Sadly, a page has been added to the ‘In Memoriam’ section for ‘September 49er’ John Cassells.

Several added photographs and revised text are available from the ‘61B Index Page’.

 

   Admin News.

A large number of pages have been reloaded to the host server and hopefully they will take better care of them this time.  The search goes on for any more gremlins hiding on the site and causing damage.  As defective pages are identified, they will be reloaded A.S.A.P.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Admin News.

Message posted:  15th April 2016

Regrettably, a major, unidentified, glitch is affecting the web site.  Photos, and other image files, are not displaying correctly.  The effect is random throughout the pages.  Some are unaffected whilst others have several photos missing and the worst case shows a blank page.  I am reloading the affected pages to the host’s server as I identify them but, with in excess of 1,000 pages and many thousands of photos, it will be months rather than days before the site is back to full working order.  I can reassure contributors that no photos, some unique to this site, have been lost, they are safely backed up away from the computer on various forms of media.

I can but offer my sincere apologies for this failure along with my assurances that I will work to repair the damage as soon as possible.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st April 2016

1961 ‘J’ Coy, 1962 ‘C’ Coy and 1963 ‘C’ Coy photos available from the ‘Company Photos’ index page.

The final page of the ‘Arborfield Garrison Closure’ saga has been writ.  No more entries will be added.

 

Admin News.

1st April 2001 – 1st April 2016.

Today marks the completion of a 15 year presence of the web site on the internet.

From the ‘September 49ers’, through the ‘September 49ers & Others’ to the current title ‘Arborfield & The September 49ers’, the site operates on the original basis of being ‘open to all, free to view, with no registration or sign in required to access the pages’.  No personal details are recorded but, currently, visitors to the site have come from 173 countries and, to date, have 1,166 pages to browse through.  That number will increase as, when and if, more contributions are received for publication.  Thanks to our individual financial sponsors, the site will be ‘on air’ up to March 2017.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th March 2016

Another section has been added to the new 61B Collection.    Available from the ‘61B Index Page’.

 

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Message posted:  1st March 2016

Even more photos added to the new 61B Collection.  Available from the ‘61B Index Page’.

More to come.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th February 2016

More photos added to the new 61B Collection.  Available from the ‘61B Index Page’.

A quantity of 61B photos are still undergoing preparation prior to adding to the site.  ‘Watch this space’.

 

  Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st February 2016

A collection of photos added, recording the days of Intake 61B.  Available from the ‘61B Index Page’.

It is a ‘Work in Progress’ so drop in now and then to keep up with the additions.

 

Admin News.

Once again a vote of thanks to Max Warwick (49B) who has ensured that we retain our Domain Name for a further 12 month period.  Much appreciated Max.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  22nd January 2016

An unscheduled update to make a correction and add news to the Leslie ‘Les’ Deacon (61C). Photo Album.

Alan Jones (61B) has updated his search for the ‘Arborfield Apprentice School Award Boards’.

 

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th January 2016

A ‘Photo Album’ has been opened for Leslie ‘Les’ Deacon (61C).

 

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Message posted:  1st January 2016

Photos have been added as a reminder of ‘Air Trooping from Blackbushe in the 1950s.

‘Variations of Lilliburlero, the R.E.M.E. Corps Quick March, can be listened to and compared.

One new flag added to the VISITOR FLAGS section for Kyrgyzstan.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th December 2015

A photo has been added to the ‘HMT Nevasa section.  Shown moored on the river Fal in Cornwall.

 

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Message posted:  1st December 2015

Alan Jones (61B) has updated his search for the ‘Arborfield Apprentice School Award Boards’.

Mark Jefferys (73B) has contributed more names to the photos in the ‘Arborfield College’ section.

 

Admin News.

These notes mark the completion of nine years ‘on air’ of this web site under the title adopted on the 1st December 2006, ‘Arborfield & The September 49ers’.  Next April we complete fifteen years from the inauguration of the site on the 1st April 2001.

 

  Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th November 2015

One new flag added to the VISITOR FLAGS section for Mali.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st November 2015

A ‘Remembrance 2015’ page has been added.

 

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Message posted:  15th October 2015

Californias of England’ by ‘Octane’, the leading magazine for aficionados of Classic & Performance cars.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  8th October 2015

News and photo added to the ‘REME Memorial Refurbishment’ page.

Alan Jones (61B) details the stages of his search for the long lost ‘Arborfield Apprentice Award Boards’.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st October 2015

One new flag added to the VISITOR FLAGS section for French Polynesia.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th September 2015

The ‘Grand Design’ for Lyneham begins to fall apart, as reported in the ‘Arborfield Garrison Closure’. page.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  8th September 2015

More photos have been added to the review of the 2015 A.O.B.A. Reunion

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st September 2015

An initial draft of a look at the 2015 A.O.B.A. Reunion is now available.  It should be looked upon as a ‘work in progress’ with additions to be made over the next few weeks.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th August 2015

Following the sad news of the recall to H.Q. of one of our contributors, Tom Spurs (53B), I have revised his ‘Photo Album’ to include some photos, which are also included in another section, and a new photo of Tom with his Grandson James Hoare who made the news available to us.

A temporary, basic, page of photos, featuring the parade at the 2015 AOBA Reunion, has been added.  No information, just a chance to recognise some faces of those in attendance. It will be removed, as and when a more detailed report is available.

 

 Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st August 2015

Revisions and more photos added to the 2nd Annual Army Apprentices Memorial Service at Alrewas.

At the 2015 AOBA Reunion, Drum Head Service, several Crosses of Remembrance were laid for contributors to this site and they have been reproduced in the photo albums of Norman Brown (52A),

Bob Driscoll (53B) and John Goddard (55B).

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  22nd July 2015

There have been several major events recently, in the Arborfield / REME calendar to report on, and so there will be one or two more unscheduled updates, the first below relates to ………..

Photos of the ‘R.E.M.E. Memorial Rededication Service’ which follows on from the earlier article, the

‘REME Memorial Refurbishment’ .

 

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Message posted:  15th July 2015

Photos added of the 2nd Annual Army Apprentices Memorial Service at Alrewas.  More to come.

 

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Message posted:  1st July 2015

R.E.M.E. Parade through Wokingham.  14th June 2015.

One new flag added to the VISITOR FLAGS section for Rwanda.

 

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Message posted:  22nd June 2015

An unscheduled update to add more photos and links to the story of the return to Normandy of the Veterans on 5th June 2015, as told in John Wintle’s Photo Album.

 

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Message posted:  15th June 2015

Several photos have been added to complete the ‘REME Memorial Refurbishment’ page.

John Wintle, Oct 39, returned to Normandy for the 2015 ‘D’ Day Commemoration ceremony.  The visit was the subject of an ITV News report which can be seen in John Wintle’s Photo Album.

 

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Message posted:  1st June 2015

With no financial provision made for the ongoing maintenance of the REME Memorial at the NMA, Alrewas, Staffs, it has suffered from neglect and weather damage to the fabric.  An intervention and initiative by Arborfield September 49er, Gordon Bonner 49B, has seen a comprehensive refurbishment of the Memorial site which will be followed by a Service of Rededication on 2nd June 2015.  Photos of the first stage can be viewed from the ‘REME Memorial Refurbishment’ page.

 

 Admin News.

An enforced update of the simple program used to edit the web site, since its inception, has resulted in some minor, but unavoidable, alterations to the visual presentation of information.  ‘The Editor’ apologises and hopes that the changes will not detract from your reading experience of our site.

 

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Message posted:  15th May 2015

Malcolm Hay 53A Chepstow has contributed photos of his recent visit to friends in ‘Burma Today’.  A group photo in front of the Shwedagon Pagoda includes Nyunt Shwe 54B Arborfield, a good friend of this web site.

 

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Message posted:  15th April 2015

Added photos have led to a layout revision of the ‘Military Vehicle Conservation’ group.

Demob Day grows ever closer for the ‘Arborfield Garrison’.

 

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Message posted:  1st April 2015

Two ‘car badges’ added to the ‘Militaria’ section.

Another aerial photo of the camp added to the ‘there it was gone’ section.

 

Admin News. (Added 3rd April 2015).

1st April 2001 – 1st April 2015.

Celebrating 14 years of the ‘September 49ers’ on the internet.  A mixture of personal memories, photographs and documents stretching from life as an early army apprentice in Jersey, Channel Islands in 1938 through to the present day gatherings of Arborfield Old Boys at the reunions.  The school is gone but the memories linger on. 

 

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Message posted:  15th March 2015

A ‘Photo Album’ has been opened for John Marshall 63B.

Plans for a new school at Arborfield are contained in the ‘Arborfield Garrison Closure’ file.

One new flag added to the VISITOR FLAGS section for Guyana.

 

Admin News.

A step back from the brink.  Thanks to generous financial contributions from a few, the site remains open for the benefit of the many.  Their backing will keep the site ‘on air’ until March 2017.  My sincere thanks for their support is shown in the ‘Acknowledgements’ section.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st March 2015

Photos added and revisions made to the photo album of John Wintle October 39.

The site is now linked from the REME E-Media Facebook page.  In return we have links to their site from our Arborfield Garrison’ and Weblinks sections.

Some notes on the build up of the move to Lyneham after the ‘Arborfield Garrison Closure’.

Many names added to several intakes on the ‘Nominal Rolls Project’.

 

Admin News.

Unfortunately, with a lack of funding, these updates will be the last.  As of 12 March 2015 the site will no longer be available on the internet.  Backups have been made and will be stored against a time when it may be possible to resurrect the site, if the finance becomes available.

 

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Message posted:  15th February 2015

Contemporary Arborfield photos contributed by Stanley Piggott, October 1939.

A number of Crosses of Remembrance laid at A.O.B.A. Reunion Drum Head Services have been extracted from several of our reunion reports and added to the bottom of various pages.  They include……

Ian Rea 1939, Brian Conway 42A, David Crowson 49B and John Moss 55A.

 

Admin News.

Several more Sponsors are needed to keep the web site on air beyond the cut off date of 12 March 2015.

 

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Message posted:  1st February 2015

Previous contributions from the late Ian Rea 1939 paint a picture of the early days of Arborfield.  New material has been added in which Ian related his wartime experiences.  Whilst adding this, I took the opportunity to revise the existing information we already have, and to provide links between the various topics to make it easier to read it all.  It all kicks off from Ian’s Memories of Arborfield.   

Names continue to be added to the ‘Project Nominal Rolls’ as they come in.  It’s been running for eight years now, and one of the most difficult of intakes to compile has been 1939, the first boys into Arborfield, many of whose names didn’t appear in any official records.

I thought we had done a fair job of collecting them in until, whilst updating Ian’s 1939 memories, I received an e-mail from Stanley John Piggott, October 1939 intake, via his daughter, asking for his name to be added to his intake Roll Call.  What a very pleasant duty to perform and, of course, it’s a wake up call to the fact that there may well be many more Senior Old Boys that we still have yet to recognise.

Stanley has contributed several contemporary Arborfield photos which will be prepared and added to the next updates, perhaps with some memories.  One photo, which features Stanley, has been added today to the Company Photos section, ‘E’ Coy. 1939.

 

Admin News.

The current two year contract for the purchase of internet space, on which to display the web site, is rapidly coming to an end.  To keep it ‘on air’ for the next two years I have to attract sufficient sponsorship funding.  This is the only site cost for which help is sought.  I am very grateful for several offers already received from readers, but to keep the individual contributions at an acceptable level, more sponsors would be very much appreciated.  If you are UK based and would like details of how you could help, please contact ‘The Editor’ and in return you will receive an e-mail with an attachment titled ‘Sponsorship 2015-17.doc’.   It will place you under no obligation whatsoever.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th January 2015

No new contributions have been received for publication so there are no updates at this time.

Minor fettling and corrections applied to existing material.

 

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Message posted:  1st December 2014

Several photos of the AOBA Contingent marching past the Cenotaph at the 2014 Service of Remembrance.  Clipped from a home video of the BBC coverage they are not best quality but faces can be recognised.

Admin News.

These notes mark the completion of eight years ‘on air’ of this web site under the title adopted on the 1st December 2006.  Next April we complete fourteen years from the inauguration of the site on the 1st April 2001.  Before that momentous date arrives it will be necessary to rattle the collecting tin to find the funding to take us through years 15 and 16.  Watch this space in February for information on how to help the site to stay available to anyone who has an interest in it.

September 49er Max Warwick has once again secured the registration of our domain title for a further year.  Many thanks Max. 

 Admin Matters.

Unfortunately, in November, you may have experienced difficulties in accessing the site.  It was a technical malfunction at our hosting company which has normally been very reliable through the years it has worked for us.  Please accept my apologies and hopefully things will be back to normal now.

 

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Message posted:  15th November 2014

Minor alterations to the Nominal Rolls project.  Several names added and others placed in correct intakes.

Defunct M.O.D. Oracle link removed from the Weblinks page.

 

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Message posted:  1st November 2014

‘Remembrance 2014’ has been added.

The ‘Arborfield Apprentice’ magazine for Autumn 1962 has been contributed by Alan Jones 61B.  It includes the advertisements for items the well heeled apprentice needed to enhance his life.

The ‘Redevelopment of the Arborfield Garrison’ saga goes on with new plans available.

A photo of a ‘joint music and physical exercise display’ at Arborfield needs some information to turn it into an archive of the event.

 

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Message posted:  15th October 2014

R.E.M.E. 72nd Birthday Parade at Tidworth Garrison, as reported on Forces TV.

One new flag added to the VISITOR FLAGS section for Azerbaijan.

Twenty names added to various intakes on the Nominal Roll Project.

 

Admin News

 The ‘Where are they now?’ section has been discontinued.  With just one entry in the last seven years, and little interest via the search engines, the site space can be used more effectively.  There are many more suitable sites dedicated to finding old friends and, of course, ‘Face Book’ is now the main vehicle for sharing news and finding people.

  

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st October 2014

Several audio interviews, relating to Arborfield apprentices, as recorded by the I.W.M.

 

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Message posted:  15th September 2014

The Roll Call Project has been updated with the name of John Marshall 63B and he has contributed a C.V. of his service days ‘Arborfield AAS through REME’.

 

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Message posted:  1st September 2014

From the Drum Head Service at the 51st AOBA Reunion, held at the site of the Army Apprentice National Memorial, Crosses of Remembrance have been added to the Photo Albums of………..

Pat Haynes 49B, Ray Starbuck 52A and Eric Wearmouth 52B.

 

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Message posted:  15th August 2014

The first draft of the review of the 2014 AOBA Reunion is now on site.  It should be viewed as a ‘work in progress’.  As, when, and if more information is made available, it will be added in subsequent updates.  Special thanks to September 49er Max Warwick for, once again, providing an excellent collection of photos.  Not many faces of those attending will be missing.

Another request for help to the aviation boys.  A reader is searching for a photo of……….

SARO Skeeter PH-HOF.

Originally it was registered as XL809.  It reappeared later as G-BLIX.  It’s a photo of the middle livery that is missing.  If anybody can help, please contact ‘The Editor’.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st August 2014

Photo added to the Modern Burma section.  Additional information and corrections made to the Burmese Apprentices section.

One new flag added to the VISITOR FLAGS section for Paraguay.

 

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Message posted:  26th July 2014

2014 AOBA Reunion.  A temporary addition to the site contains some photos of the Parade and Drum Head Service.  Untouched and straight from the camera, so not of best quality, they give a taste of the occasion.  As and when a fuller report is made available, the page will be removed.

 

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Message posted:  15th July 2014

Corrections and new information added to the ‘1st Joint Annual Service of Remembrance’ photographs.

Names added to the Roll Call 1971-75, contributed by Frank York 75C.

Local news report of the Final Parade of Wally Harris M.M. R.E.M.E.

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Message posted:  1st July 2014

Some information added to the ‘1st Joint Annual Service of Remembrance’ photographs.

News of the recall to HQ of Wally Harris M.M. has been added to the ‘D Day Reunion 2004’ article.

 

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Message posted:  15th June 2014

Max Warwick 49B has contributed photographs of the ‘1st Joint Annual Service of Remembrance’ held at the Army Apprentice National Memorial on the 10th and 11th of May 2014.

Two photos added to the second page of ‘52A Met again’.

 

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Message posted:  1st June 2014

No new contributions have been received for publication so there are no updates at this time.

Minor fettling and corrections applied to existing material.

 

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Message posted:  15th May 2014

A number of photos where ‘52A Met again’.

The flag for Myanmar has been updated and one new flag added to the VISITOR FLAGS section for Gabon.

 

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Message posted:  1st May 2014

The British Horological Institute Journal, April 2014 edition, carries an article by Michael Beckingham  (Arborfield 51A).

His name has been added to the Project Roll Call 51-55.

In a much later era, names have been added to the various ‘College’ photos.

 

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Message posted:  15th April 2014

One new flag added to the VISITOR FLAGS section for the Seychelles.

 

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Message posted:  1st April 2014

As explained below, a variety of requests come in for help with various topics.  The site receives a lot of visitors who access the ‘Army Air Corps’ section, so this is directed at them.  Has anyone any information on SARO Skeeter XL765 please?  The machine is currently undergoing restoration and the owner is looking to build up a CV for it.  Photos, units it served with, locations, memories etc. any information which would add to the history of the craft.  The site comes into the equation as we have a photo of sister ship XL763 in the AAC section.  If you can help, please contact ‘The Editor’ to receive further details and contacts.  Any snippets of information will be very welcome. 

 

Admin News

1st. April 2001 to 1st April 2014.

Today marks the completion of 13 years ‘on air’ for the “Arborfield & The September 49ers” web site.

Thanks to our individual, private, ‘Sponsors’, the site will be available for a further twelve months before the need to shake the collection tin for the following 2 year stag.  The site remains ‘open to all, free to view, with no registration or sign in required’ and with no need for commercial advertising.  With ex Arborfield Apprentices at the heart of the site, taking it beyond the confines of the camp to follow their stories has had surprising results.  Visitors have come from 160 countries, sometimes searching for quite obscure information which is tucked away in the depths of the site.  Most pleasing have been the visits from educational establishments of all grades around the globe.  Requests have come for permission to use various items, and where education is concerned, they are leaning on an open door.  Consequently, material is used in history lectures in overseas universities, and has now appeared in a new text book produced for a foreign National Education Authority.  Background information was used in a program produced for a regional TV company and also contained in an exhibition mounted at a national museum in the UK.  Several glossy magazines have used material and, as with all requests, all we ask is that the original contributor of the material is acknowledged and the source as the ‘Arborfield & The September 49ers’ web site.  Although the ‘Whitehall Warriors’ have erased our school from the map, we will make sure they can’t forget us or our history.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st March 2014

The ‘Nominal Rolls Project’ was opened seven years ago with an emphasis on recording the names of the 1939 Intakes.  First through the Arborfield Gates, many were not in any official records.  I thought we had made a good fist of gathering them all in.  That is until this week, when I received notification of a missing name, 7590580 Raynor E. which has been added to the May 1939 intake.  So the question is, how many more names of our pioneers are still missing, and who are they?

Photos added to the ‘Memories of Libya 1956 – 59’ article.  They show contemporary aircraft on display in Tripoli at the USAF Wheelus Air Base 1957 air show.

 

 Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  15th February 2014

Photos in the Arborfield Intake 45A. collection are now linked to the relevant copies of The Arborfield Apprentice magazines which we have on site.

 

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Message posted:  1st February 2014

Sadly a new page is added to our ‘In Memoriam’ section for Ray Starbuck 52A.

Additions to the photo album of Ray Starbuck 52A.

Clive Wagstaff 65C has obtained a collection of original contemporary photos and documents which are linked to Arborfield Intake 45A.  Both the pipe and drum and fife bands feature along with items relating to the apprentice armourers.  We need to add details to turn them into valuable archives of Arborfield life.

Photos added to the Pipe Band and Military Band sections available from the Band Index page.

Alterations made to Bill Humphrey’s 1939 Photo Album.  !939 D Coy photo reworked and a larger version made available.

One new flag added to the VISITOR FLAGS section for Nicaragua.

Names added to various sections of the Nominal Rolls Project.

 

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Message posted:  15th January 2014

A Photo Album has been opened for George Peacock 52A.

Proposed plans for West Court Officers Mess.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Message posted:  1st January 2014

Major Russell Henry Matthews MC Royal Artillery, WW2 North Africa to Adjutant, Arborfield Army Apprentices College, 1967 – 1973.

 

Trevor 52A Editor

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Please Note:

 

The earlier messages, dated from the 1st of January 2009 through to the 1st of December 2013, have been removed and safely archived.  This will save valuable space on the web site and should mean that the News and Notices page will load a little quicker.

 

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