In late 1967 the 6th Inf. Brigade re
located from the York Barracks in Munster W/Germany back to the UK as
part of very far
reaching defence cuts back then when the UK was holding out the begging bowl
for IMF funds.
I remember going on a tank driving course to take AV
432 signal command vehicles back to Barnard
Castle. We sailed by Ferry
to Hull and then I commanded an
AV432 through the small B roads to the area but can not remember the name of
the camp. It was a few miles out of town and on a hilly grassy site with
a former house of some importance in years gone past on our right hand side as
you looked from the main road which once had it's own tree lined driveway.
The barracks were wooden and we were 16 or more to a room and that is
about all I remember. We did not say with the tanks as they were picked
up and taken from us when we arrived in town.
Sadly I do not remember the name of the camp, but I
do wonder if anything remains to this day. All the Royal Signals people
were housed there for a bit until we were re assigned or re trained.
I remember well the NAFFI introduced a great many of us to
the delights of Newcastle Brown Ale, which back then with an ABV of over 6% was
nicknamed 'Lunatic Soup''. I remember
well our trips into town and how friendly the locals were when we got there.
Tom Waller then Signalman Waller 24038861