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Sabratha 1952/53

Postby Derek.Boddington. » Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:29 pm

I was in the 14/20thKH as a national service man, 1951/1953 [indent 51/16 ].
Was at Crookham, Thetford, Crookham and then to Sabratha with the Reg., advance party.
At first I was in " B " Squadron 4th troop and later became Reg., sports storeman.

As a county swimmer and water polo player, I was also able to form a water polo team from all ranks.
We did our swimming between the Roman ruins and the fish canning factory [ how I remember that smell ].
However, we always had an egg roll complete with sand to munch washed down whith a cup of sprog supplied by ali`s take-a-way .

Well now, are there any of you that were arround in those days ?

REGARDS : DEREK BODDINGTON.

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Re: Sabratha 1952/53

Postby williamo » Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:20 am

Yes Derrick, I too remember the Smell, was it not a Tuna Canning Factory,not sure but the smell lingers in my memorie.Was never strong enough for polo, but i did learn to swim at that beach and had some great times with so many good friends. I too remember the Egg banjo's, did'nt they fry the eggs on the stone floor? I have a photo of myself Jim Furner & Vic Smith taken on the Roman Ruins, great times, also one of the whole Band in front of the drawing, "Lady of Garian"!
I was proud to be a Boy amounst so many fine men in the Countrys finest Regiment, and being in the Band and being taught an Instrument was a Bonus.
Bill (1951--1964) :lol: :lol: :lol: :D :D :D

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Postby bodge » Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:45 pm

Hi it seems ther are still one or two of us about.

I remember the early morning & afternoon swimming in our litle bay. One day there was panic ! somone shouted SHARK SHARK and then the head of a large tuna floated in.
I used to enjoy the arab fried egg rolls vrey mutch.
But not the endless suply of Greengage jam every day.
How about the local stallion at stud outside the family gate, embarrassing when a certain N C O`s dauther came to watch
The Cornerhouse cafe in Tripoli when down at dif. H Q.
There was the case of the blocked toilet ( done by the 4/7th I was told by my driver Fred Atkins ) he like you was one of the advance party.
Do not forget the st.t beetles.
Bodge
maybe more later.

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williamo
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Postby williamo » Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:40 pm

Oh yes those awful st.t beetles, and those toilets, I think there were ten seats in a row and you sat back to back with row two. With the large comunial showers and those toilets it was a shock for a young lad just off Boys service, but ya did'nt half grow up quick.Who remembers the 78 Record played in the AKC every night of the week,
a very scratched version of "Bess you is my woman now" from Porgy and Bess?
Bill, ( Still a Boy at Heart).

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Re: Sabratha 1952/53

Postby Phil(Quassie)Baldwin » Sat Sep 13, 2008 9:56 pm

Bill
As you know I am only a youngster born in 1952 and Sabratha was to me tales from beyond but I am sure the record you had from Porgy and Bess had to be better than having to listen to "Summertime " in that heat.
Phil
Je n'oublierai pas

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williamo
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Re: Sabratha 1952/53

Postby williamo » Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:03 pm

NICE ONE PHIL, see you have a good taste in musical knowledge! :D Bill :)

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Re: Sabratha 1952/53

Postby John Clements » Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:28 pm

phil you dont look that old or do i need some new glasses :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

john

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williamo
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Re: Sabratha 1952/53

Postby williamo » Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:36 pm

John Clements wrote:phil you dont look that old or do i need some new glasses :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

john

JC, Flatterery will get you anywere,(or another Pint from Phil)! Bill.

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Re: Sabratha 1952/53

Postby Ron Flowers » Mon Sep 22, 2008 2:51 pm

Hi Derek,

My old man Weedy Flowers was a Sgt in Sabratha at that time me and my mum should have been ther too but my sister came along a bit early and spoiled the trip so we had to stay home in Hull.
I think Weedy was B Sqn at that time. He never did learn to swim.

Cheers Ron

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Postby Derek.Boddington. » Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:39 pm

Have just found old 35 mm negatives 0f 1952 Tripoli and sabratha and will take them in to be printed. Hoping that they turn out ok.

I will be sending them in to Noahs Arc later.

Regards

Derek Boddington.

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Postby Gunner Dave » Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:44 pm

It was good to read about Sabratha, I was there from 1953-56. I certainly remember the Tunny Factory smell, swimming among the ruins off the coast and those egg rolls which were about 12" long and had about four eggs in them and I think they were called "eggis cobbis". The Colonel of the Regiment was Lt. Col. Allen, 2i/c was Major Bodge Brown and the RSM was Sgt/Major Jack LeMaitre until TARA came along. My CO was Capt. Giblett of the L.A.D. Nice to read the emails that are coming in.

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Postby Phil(Quassie)Baldwin » Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:55 pm

Bill
I cut my teeth on Sam Cooke. He died to young. As for my youthfull looks its a steady diet of Vodka and I will stand John a Pint any time
Phil
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Postby yorkydown » Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:31 am

What a great reading Sabratha 1952/53, i remember u all and tell bodge the sarni!s were called COBBSAS, i liked the Tuna ones with oil/tomato, does anyone remember the small bar opposite bks gate in the swuare, nobody ever mentions it, it was always full of hawks, i think the pretty italian girl who served was Maria. although i spent most of my time down in Tripoli at HQ, always jumped on motot bike to visit Sabratha at weekends and drive CSE shows to camps in the Bus. oh happy days. will never forgey my last Ramnugger night at Sabratha Sgts Mess WOW, still suffering LOL Harry Bruce a great pianist and singer was my drinking pak, god bless him, a stalwart Hawk.Good health and Happy new year to you all. regards Ted Downing

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Postby trooper2196 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:51 pm

Hi all im writing this on behalf of my brother Peter Trigg he is not computor literate,he served in the 14th/20th from 1952 untill 1955,i did show him what pics i could find here im sure he would love to hear from anybody who knew him.im trying to get him to go to Blackpool this April not sure i will be successful i will go with him if wants to go BUT i will be wearing a 4th/7th tie sorry about that. regards Chris Trigg.

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Re: Sabratha 1952/53

Postby Bulldog » Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:00 pm

Chris I have the same problem my brother was 4th/7th but we live with it lol

Dave
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