© John Benson & friends
John Benson war 1959 hier in Hameln. Ein paar Fotos hat er mir von sich und seinen Kamerden für die Seite zur Verfügung gestellt. Er diente mit der 125 Coy RASC (125. Kompanie – Royal Army Service Corps). Vielen Dank für Deine Unterstützung.
John Benson was based in Hameln in 1959 with 125 Coy RASC. He sent in some photos taken by him and some of his comrades. Thanks for support.
Bridge building at Wouldham Camp
John’s Freunde an der Münsterbrücke
Pause im Upnor Camp / Break at Upnor
Bridging vehicles at Wouldham Camp
inside Bindon Barracks
somewhere on exercise
Hi my name is Albert sanderson I was in pltn in 1957/57 raft 57/59 dose any body remember me
Does anyone remember me IN raft pltn 1956 to1959
Hi my name is Albert sanderson I was in Bindon from 1956/1959I Was in Company and transferred to Raft pln dose any one remember me as I would like to connect with you I had a lot of pictures but they was destroyed in a fire I can remember Peter sullen if there’s anyone one information please get in touch
I wonder if anyone knows of a driver called MASON (R.H MASON) of C platoon 10th Company R.A.S.C? There was a photograph with his details on the back which would likely mean this person was at Hamelin (BFPO 31) around 1957 or so?
I was at Bindon Barracks from July 1960 until Jan. 1962 I was a a great friend of John Hickman from Tipton and I was his best man when he got married sadly he died three or four years ago and we were great friends until the bitter end. I am also still friendly and in touch with another old army mate John Taggart from Birmingham. Also I met up with another old squaddie Brian Wooding through his daughter Amy and Brian was suffering from denentia and could not remember me sadly he also passed away recently.
Although there were not many of us who wanted to do National Service it was a good thing inasmuch I met so many nice guys and have some very fond memories of my time in Hameln.
Fantatstic to read your memories, mate! Thanks for your comment!
John Whitfield – I have sent you a message through Facebook about dad (Tom Gibbons)
I was stationed between 1958 – 1960 in RAFT platoon. I remember John Whitfield, Lofty Henderson, Derek Halfpenny, Lt Taylor was a platoon officer who was later transferred to Bridging platoon in Gordon Barracks, Gillingham as a Capt.
Any memories of this would be appreciated.
Thanks for the entry and further information on my page, it is very interesting to read! Cheers Arnd
Hiya Tom, I remember you well. Didn’t you live in Sunderland (Grangetown)? I remember you were always blowing bubbles from your mouth. We were in raft platoon together. Sgt Scott and a quiet Scotsman were the platoon sgt’s. Also in the platoon were Alan Watson (Easington) Bobby Cook (Consett) a lad called Wilkinson,another called Armstrong Gerry Dodds (clerk) Alan Trewitt (clerk from Sunderland) Lofty Henderson (blind as a bat) and Derek Halfpenny. I managed to contact Derek a couple of years ago through his daughter Jill. (the TV star) He is fit and well and has a part-time job as a doorman at Leam Lane club.I left 125 Coy in 1962 and went to Aden. I’ve often wondered what happened to you.I left the army in 1964 and spent a few years on long distance and then on various jobs as a heavy plant operator. I ended up as a Quarry Manager at Houghton Quarry for Hanson Aggregates.When quarry reserves ran out I was offered a job in South Yorkshire with the firm but didn’t fancy moving so I ended up taking a job for a civil engineering firm at Croft as a safety officer.
I stopped work in 2004 due to a dose of Crones and had my colon removed. I now live at Washington (Fatfield) I’ve tried to find you on facebook but to no avail. I’m on so give it a try and we’ll have a bit crack. In the meantime best wishes Tom.
John I was in 125Coy from 1958 until 1962 so we must have met. I started off in Raft platoon and was transferred to C platoon when I got my first promotion. I recognise several of the squaddies in your platoon photo. Sgt Ron Dearing. Cpl Brian Butcher, who was a good friend of mine, ?Oldfield and the bottom right hand is a lad called Peter Flintoff whom I knew before I joined up.Peter was the OC’s driver but ended up going AWOL in the VW staff car. I cant remember seeing him after that. I also recognize Taffy Oxenham in the photo. Taff was a Sgt when he was transferred to 90 Coy Aden. Sgt Scott also came to Aden about the same time. I enjoyed my time in Hameln and was a frequent visitor to the ” Icebox”. I visited Bindon barracks a couple of years ago and found it is now a housing complex although there is a plaque on the buliding that was the Officers Mess stating we were there.
Fantastic to read, mate! Thanks for the story!
Best regards Arnd
I was stationed at bindon barracks from 1956 until 1959 , most of the time in raft platoon.
I remember Brian Butcher as we were on the on the same pnco course at good old Buller Barracks in 1956, I also remember Ron Dearing as platoon Sgt.
Many happy memories regards to all
Does anyone remember PVTS Morgan & White, Bob & Dave, both chaps were in Hamlin in 1958 working as drivers. Dave is very keen to look up Bob Morgan, as both were very close during their national service. They were still in touch after demob, however with the passing of time & family commitments they have lost contact. Hoping someone maybe able to help the 2 of them to catch up with one another.
Hi Bob Morgan here, would love to get in touch as you say life gets in the way. Not sure if anything will come of this as it’s 4 years ago now.
Hello! My father in law was at bindon barracks in 58 (we think) in the bridging company. His name is Brian Woodings and remembers a chap from Jamaica nicknamed Daddy O and a chap called Owen from Nottingham. Brian was responsible for driving around Captain Reed and his wife. Anyone got any info to help us search would be great!
My father in law was also with rasc 125 coy in the 50s sadly passed away recently so any info would be great
I was at Bindon Barracks from 1958 to 1960 as a driver then clerk then ration storekeeper
We organised a Christmas show/concert called “The Bindon Follies” the Producer was Cpl Robinson RE attached to 125 Coy RASC. Does anyone recognise this??? I remember the Icebox pub but not its location
We had pigs and horses too.