Who Remembers Reg Burkey?

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Who Remembers Reg Burkey?

Post by Bob_H » Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:33 am

Just received this from Steve Hunt - can you help?:
hi,

l served with the 14th/20th from 1986 to 1984 and was to young to remember a
SGT / S/SGT called Reg Burky, his grandson has started work at the place l
have been for 10yrs and he asked me to try and find any information/photos
on his Grandfather.

Phil (Quasie) Baldwin who served for many years with also the 14th/20th has
e-mailed me to say Reg Burky was in the regiment and goes on how he was a
Gunnery Seargent in Singapore, he was also a Junior S/SGT as Seargent to the
Guidon.

lf you can help with anymore information/photo,s possibly l would be
extremel grateful, thank you for your time.

Kind regards.

Steve Hunt.
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Re: Who Remembers Reg Burkey?

Post by Phil(Quassie)Baldwin » Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:21 am

Just to clear that up a little Reg was a G/Sgt + gnry instructor in 71s Hawk and in 73 S/Sgt at DLOY
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Post by shunty44 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:13 pm

Sorry Phil, left out that little bit at the end about him being a S/SGT at DLOY, gave his grandson the e-mail you sent and could only remember the rest, getting old, extremely grateful for all the information you found and his Grandson Wes went home that night a little happier knowing he has finally got some details. Cheeky sod wants some photo,s now so anyone out there that knew him or served with him could you please dig out a photo or two if you have them, great website by the way.

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Post by nev henshaw » Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:50 pm

Reg was in "B" Sqn juring the sixty's, he was a great charachter, but clearly mad. He was mates with Jim Passam, and Taff Perry. He was liked by every one exept his pet budgie, it met a sorry end.

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Post by Les » Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:28 pm

Reg was my troop Sgt. in Hohne in the early 60's and also my crew commander. Mick Cairns was gunner and Roy Derbyshire driver. Reg suffered a bit from claustrophobia so being in a tank at night with him could be entertaining. I reckon I still have a few lumps on my head from being thumped with his commanders mic. He was a good bloke though and I did learn a lot from him. :lol:

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Post by Johnny Kirko » Thu May 05, 2011 8:51 pm

Berlin B squadron 1958 Im sure I served with Reg Burkey I certainly remember Passam, I lent him my shoes one evening and never got them back, apparently he crossed over some checkpoint and landed up being a guest of the russians for a while!!

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Re: Who Remembers Reg Burkey?

Post by Les » Fri May 06, 2011 3:16 pm

I know we should be talking about Reg but to enlarge a bit on Jim Passam's escapade. He was on guard and asked if he could go for a run whilest off stag. His run took him past a couple of Gasthouses so Jim being Jim called in for a half litre or two. He then decided to return to Barracks and caught the ubahn equivelent to the circle line which goes from east Berlin to West and back again. He nodded off and was woken up by the East Berlin police who , after a bit of a chat let him go . He again fell asleep to be awakened by the same east German Guards at the same place on the next circuit . This time they kept him. I believe his release came after the Brit sector commander made a personal request to his East German counterpart.

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Post by billy whittle » Fri May 06, 2011 5:19 pm

Les , tales like that are how legends come to be, I heard about him and the U bahn when i came to Paderborne in the '60's with the cadets but was'nt sure if it was true or not. I can just imagine his face when the Stazi woke him :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Who Remembers Reg Burkey?

Post by Arnie » Fri May 06, 2011 5:43 pm

On the tale of Jim Passam, we in RHQ in Hohne understood the story to be roughly as Les related it, but not the bit about being on guard.
This was in the days before the 'wall' and as we understood it it was the 'S' Bahn, which ran from Spandau into East Berlin. Jim was dressed in a tracksuit and was very pissed. Being in a tracksuit he had no ID on him, so when he got back into East Berlin (we heard for the third time) he was arrested and as we understood it he was kept for 3 months.
Unless we get someone who was in B Sqn in Berlin at the time who can tell us the 'real' story, it will remain a great story and will go down in regimental folklore.

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Re: Who Remembers Reg Burkey?

Post by Arnie » Fri May 06, 2011 5:51 pm

Billy, just a little correction, the Stasi (Sta)ts (Si)cherheitdienst and equivalent to the Gestapo, would certainly have interrogated him after he was handed over to them, but he would have been initially detained by the Vopo (Volks Politzei) normal coppers.

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Post by Phil(Quassie)Baldwin » Fri May 06, 2011 11:16 pm

Arnie
Just as well from the short time I knew Jim in catterick 1970 the Stasi would have given up thier day job intervewing Jim
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Re: Who Remembers Reg Burkey?

Post by Arnie » Sun May 08, 2011 8:02 am

I know it has nothing to do with Reg Burney and we seem to have changed our focus on Jim Passam and his escapade in Berlin, but some of you who were in HK in 1971 might remember the incident of the Irish Guards who lost a patrol.
They were in Sha Tau Kok, village at the Eastern end of the border. The actual border ran down the middle of the road and was only marked by a line of high stones, set in the cobbles.
The patrol was trying to reach Lone Pine (Tree) OP. To do this you turn left just after the police station and before you reach the street which was the border. The (S)Sgt in charge was distracted for a second and the driver missed the turning for the OP and took the next left, right into the border street. When he realised what was happening the vehicle was stopped but the Chinese Militia surrounded the vehicle and bounced it over the border.
The worry and panic that set in in HK Land Forces HQ was unnecessary as they were handed back the following day. The Chinese (Stasi) apparently soon gave up trying to get any sensible information from this group of Irishmen. They were no Jim Passam.

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Re: Who Remembers Reg Burkey?

Post by Bob_H » Sun May 08, 2011 9:11 pm

When they returned the Staff Sergeant was interviewed on BFBS radio (following all of the military enquiries). When asked what they had been given to eat he replied "omelettes" when further pressed to enquire what was in the omelettes he replied "eggs".
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Post by Phil(Quassie)Baldwin » Sun May 08, 2011 10:13 pm

It was the ration truck they missed the turning left that would have taken them to the back gate of Lone Tree hill and took the next left which took them on to the border road needless to say it was sent back minus the rations.
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Re: Who Remembers Reg Burkey?

Post by billy whittle » Mon May 09, 2011 1:12 pm

Phil,
I suppose thats one thing we can thank the choggies for :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: oh and fan ling :lol: :lol: :lol: not that i ever went there :!:

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