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MILLY

8 Company - Spring 1974


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Looks more Juniors than 8 company, Junior Sergeants in the ranks and wearing the old blanco webbed belt not the "Buff" belt

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Well, it was 8 company, but by then (1973/74) it had mostly Juniors, and the odd Oswestry recruit as well. I'm seated 5th from the right front row. Front row 4th from right is Parry Taylor (RIP), full bloke 2nd to my left is Steve Fry (top man), CQMS on Major Richardson's right is Black Jack (I think). CSM Mike Butler(RIP) next to the CO. From the left - (?), Dai Williams 33, Scotty, 28 John Davies, Alan Denman , Larry John, Eddie the frog (RIP). 2nd row from left Junior RSM Mike George (1st Junior RSM of the Guards Depot....and in my squad, ahem), next to him Paul Lloyd - good rugby centre, played for us in the depot along with Mike George, Parry Taylor and John Davies. Lot of good guys in this photo, can't recognise most of them due to memory block, and the photo's a bit blurry (and no, I haven't been drinking !)

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On 24/12/2017 at 05:19, Allan Rogers said:

Looks more Juniors than 8 company, Junior Sergeants in the ranks and wearing the old blanco webbed belt not the "Buff" belt

It was around the time of the big change Alan.  In 71/72 8 Coy was the recruit Coy.  But then they created "Caterham Coy" for all adult recruits and the old 8 Coy and K Coy and so on became what had been the old Junior Gdsm wing.

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Yup, spot on Jack, it was a bit chaotic for a while, but good old Mike B sorted it all out :). I must admit, it was much better when the Juniors were separate from the adults, better organised, and much more variety besides drill and weapons - me and 28 took our platoon to see the Battle of Waterloo battle field, very interesting, a few days away in Belgium did us all the world of good ! Far from the madding drill square.....

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