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Title: Royal Leicestershire Regd
Post by: flyer on 17:36:14, 21/07/10
Did the Leicester's serve in Korea i know they land up in Germany around 54? but where before??
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Post by: Johned on 16:55:04, 19/11/10
Certainly they were in Korea and prior to that, Hong Kong. 
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Post by: jazzaroo on 05:37:32, 09/01/11
My Dad was a survivor of Dunkirk ,he was a regular soldier and was very proud of his association with the Tigers, my nephew has his medals including the medal for Dunkirk complete with a cerificate that was issued in the early 1980's
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Post by: Johned on 12:44:11, 09/01/11
Jazaroo my dad also was an ex 1st Battalion reservist who reported to Glen Parva three days before war was declared.  He too was a Dunkirk survivor and has the French campaign medal but he had been transferred to the Worcestershire Regiment and later served with them in India and Burma.
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Post by: jazzaroo on 18:01:35, 09/01/11
Hi Johned, what a coincidence as my father was a reservist and was also stationed at Glen Parva which was not far from our family home, I remember waiting outside of the barracks with my mother to await the arrival of his unit who had to march from the city centre.
I only have one photo of dad with his fellow mates that was taken somewhere in the middle east in front of their armoured car, If you want a copy my email addy is roy'[email protected]
given the coincidences so far there might be someone on the photo that you might recognise,stranger things have happened !!
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Post by: jazzaroo on 17:31:27, 10/01/11
my sister who lived in south wigston around 1940 has told me about the troop trains carrying  wounded soldiers used stop at the local station so that they could make their way to Glen Parva barracks,they were known as the walking wounded apparently and some of them were in a really bad state,despite this they had to make their to the barracks unaided, Glen Parva was only down the road but it must have seemed miles away to the poor guys. she said that when a troop train was due all other trains in the vicinity were put on hold until the troops were at the station, all this was before my time so I'm just passing on what she told me as it might be of interest.
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Post by: Johned on 18:29:43, 10/01/11
Hi Jazaroo; tried to mail you using your e-mail address but no joy.  Is it correct as stated?
 
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Post by: jazzaroo on 20:21:32, 10/01/11
Johned, my email address is [email protected] and its working fine,will look forward to your mail
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Post by: Johned on 20:26:32, 10/01/11
Gottcha Jazaroo have sent you an e-mail with, hopefully, correct address.
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Post by: David on 16:01:06, 27/02/11
I was stationed at Glen Parva for National Services training in 1956 then sent to Cyprus for two years.
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Post by: jazzaroo on 16:52:15, 27/02/11
david, i lived only a short distance from glen parva barracks when you were there, fortunately I  managed to miss national service by a whisker much to my dads annoyance who was stationed  there as a regular soldier during WW2 i remember the search lights from the barracks identifying the planes around 1945.
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Post by: David on 18:41:50, 27/02/11
Hi Jazzaroo
 I started in December 1956 did my training then a couple of weeks leave then off to Cyprus in C company 9 platoon
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Post by: Johned on 19:04:01, 27/02/11
I see you were in 'C' company David with the 1st Battalion. If you so wish, please advise me your e-mail address, I would like to compare notes with you about those days and any mutual acquaintances we may have had although my service ended in May 1955.
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Post by: David on 13:51:04, 28/02/11
Go on to oralhistory.co.uk it is on the bottom of the home page
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Post by: kael on 08:54:07, 01/03/11
Speaking of the Tigers, do you think they will refit the Magazine as the Regiments official museum? I love the Newarke, but i'd love to see the Magazine - with new pedestrian access - open.
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Post by: Alan on 09:31:59, 01/03/11
  Kael. You should have seen the Magazine in its day. The barracks were there just behind it. The Parade ground was surrounded but small two up two down cottages as I recall. The whole area was steeped in history. All destroyed by the council. The house at the side of Rupertís gateway was hit by a bomb now part of the museum . The Blue Boar just up the road. All long gone.  8)
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Post by: jazzaroo on 10:21:50, 01/03/11
I don't live in the area these days but the last time i came over i went to the new walk museum to view the tigers exhibits only to be told that everything had all been moved to the newarke,  but it was not open to the public at that time, this was about eighteen months ago , could anyone tell me if the exhibits are now on display and where, my dad was a regular soldier with the tigers for about 13 years and survived dunkirk, his medals pass book, cap badge etc are still with my family so we have a keen interest in the regimental history.
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Post by: Alan on 10:43:44, 01/03/11
  jazzaroo
Yes it is all on display not a bad set up really. Anyone remember a training Sargent Sprayson? at Glen Parva late 50s blight of my life.
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Post by: David on 11:09:50, 01/03/11
Don't remember a Sergeant Sprayson, but I remember a Sergeant Lunt he was a right B*****
 
During my time there, he rubbed someone up the wrong way, and he got a right beating.
 
Never did found out who did it, he was then posted from Glen Parva.
 
 
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Post by: Johned on 14:09:35, 08/03/11
The names of Sgts Sprayson and Lunt are both familiar but I think they were both in the 1st Battalion in BAOR whilst I was at the Depot.  Our No 4 training platoon Sgt Buxton seemed pretty ferocious on first encountering him but beneath the tough exterior was a decent man.
On retirement he kept a pub in town but sadly is now deceased according to the R Anglian Regt website.  No 3 platoon Sgt Jack Moore was a local man and also fair and tolerant.  With the benefit of hindsight many senior NCOs at that time had seen action in WW2 and Korea  and it must have been pretty galling for them to train and wetnurse unwilling young conscripts who themselves must have felt like Borstal boys with practically shaven heads, :'(
wondering just what had hit them after their first days in the Army.  Our platoon Commander was Lieutenant Tetley who after the army became Chairman of the famous family brewery!
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Post by: David on 17:09:00, 08/03/11
Hi Johned
 
Sorry none of the names mean anything, if fact Lunt is the only name I remember.
 
One of his games in training was, to check your bootlace and if there was any twists in them he would have you cleaning the bogs.
 
 
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Post by: jazzaroo on 17:29:18, 08/03/11
no wonder i was glad when i missed the call up for national service although my dad was dissapointed, i think that i would have spent my time in the glass house,its bad enough in civvy street with inferior little men wielding their power over you knowing that you can't retaliate, army life must have been hell unless of course like rugby players  male bonding is your thing, all those chaps taking a bath together, singing bawdy songs and dick measuring, yuk, not for me, rather share a bath with a few wrens, now that would have been
interesting !!!
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Post by: flyer on 21:07:58, 08/03/11
I see you were in 'C' company David with the 1st Battalion. If you so wish, please advise me your e-mail address, I would like to compare notes with you about those days and any mutual acquaintances we may have had although my service ended in May 1955.
what company was in Germany around that time 53-54 55 my brother  spent most of his time in the glass house there, my mother had to write to the C.O and explain he had always marched to a different drummer he was out in a week
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Post by: David on 09:00:22, 09/03/11
I enjoyed parts of my time in Cyprus, when I first went out, I spent 2 months guarding a holiday camp at Golden Sands which was for the married pads. We were allowed to use the beach there. I spent a lot of my time off duty on that beach.  That was the best part of my National Service.
 
I wanted to go in the RAF as a sheet metal worker, which I was told that I could for 2 years. But when I got in that changed from 2 to 5 years, I said I was not signing on for 5 years, so they discharge me. Couple of month later I was in the army.
 Don't know anything about the Leicesters before or after.
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Post by: Alan on 08:33:16, 10/03/11
  Beauty of the British Army. What do you do son? I am an Engineer, right Infantry for you. Had some laughs at Glen Parva. A born rebel. Got stewed in the guard room. They never did find out how. I got 7 days for a dispute with a Corporal. Premier Drum were invited to a party. My brother and some mates passed drinks to me. Captain Crumbie Signal Platoon. should ring a few bells a real nice guy. It taught me one thing. Have no respect for anyone. To this day I never call anyone Sir. I recall a Afro soldier doing about three years national service. All ways in nick Anyone remember him. .  8)
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Post by: Johned on 13:14:46, 10/03/11
Remember Capt Crombie when he was a recruit and he ended up as Lt Col commanding the 1st Battalion; now sadly deceased.  The system mucked me about and I had two medicals; at the second I put down first choice RAF or RAOC because someone had told me the latter were a good scive.  However this Brigade of Guards recruiting sergeant there said "you need'nt express any preference, you are all infantry cannon fodder for Korea!"  Being the kind of ingenuous clot who believes everything anyone tells him, I put down the Leicesters as it was my Dad's old mob and that's what I got!  A couple of other lads I knew also at the same medical got what they wanted for NS, the RAF which we were told was a no-no.  Another lad put down RASC as he was a Butcher's cutter and got what he wanted.  I'll never learn!
The Korean war fizzled out in any event and so we did'nt go there.  A laugh a minute (I don't think!).
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Post by: Alan on 20:00:00, 10/03/11
I think it was how you looked at it.  You were in and that was that.  Yes you had bad times but you remember the few good times.   I felt sorry for mummyís boys who had never been away from home crying themselves to sleep.   Throwing a thunder flash down the COs thunder box.   Then as demob drew near leaping out of bed shouting 55 days to do and crossing another day off the sheet.  The poor buggers who had just arrived at Battalion must have been right peed off.  Do some young one a bit of good today, maybe.      8)
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Post by: Johned on 17:35:02, 11/03/11
Alan I don't believe in conscription unless the country is about to be attacked!  Even in the last war Australia and Canada relied on volunteers. However I think conscription in general is immoral. This country had conscription in WW1 and it was introduced again in 1939 where you had to serve 6 months full time in the Militia or join the TA for a similar period.  Of course, during the ensueing WW2 we had conscription.  I still can't really take in what possessed our post war Labour government with it's party history of pacifism to introduce National Service in 1948.  We know they did so, however to all our costs!  18 months to start with and then increased to 24 months and the last poor sods did 30 months.  A mate of mine who was looking forward to demob within his last couple of months in BAOR was gobsmacked to say the least, when his RASC CO got all the unit's NS men together and said the government of the day had decreed that 30 months had to be served as the expected influx of better paid regulars had not been forthcoming as expected!  But, there you go?
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Post by: Alan on 18:11:09, 11/03/11
Johned   Our second son joined the Royal Marines at nearly 18.  Very tough training. Two weeks after passing out he was on his way to the Falklands.   Never thought he would do it, he was heading for trouble but stopped turned round and never looked back.  He did 27 years and finished a warrant officer.  His last years he taught officer training in public schools.  Not bad for a Braunstone kid.   Now lives in Plymouth he says the only thing changed in Braunstone is the date.  No need for conscription now, we have no forces to speak of.   Maybe it is me, but I think the enemy is already here.   The next war will be a civil war.  8)
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Post by: jazzaroo on 19:08:03, 11/03/11
Well said alan, the enemy is not already here but are being helped by the cowards that our supposed to be our government, not the mention the judicial system,what about that muslim fanatic that burned poppies on  rememberance day and picked up a fifty pound fine which will pobably be paid by us when he draws benefit for his kids here and his non existant family in pakistan, the likes of us have paid parking fines for more than that amount,we must be the laughing stock of the world. seems that those poor sods gave their lives for nothing after all.
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Post by: Johned on 19:32:55, 11/03/11
Your son has done very well Alan and well deserves your obvious pride in his achievements. My eldest son joined the Army Apprentices and served 12 years altogether in the RE; he is now a Sergeant in the civvy police.  My eldest daughter did 10 years in the Intelligence Corps and I too, am very proud of what they have done and envious of some of the places to which they travelled!  However, if ever they had a moan, I used to tell them they volunteered!  Jazaroo I too, despair of this country today.  The Army being wasted in Afghanistan for no reason I can discern; the emasculation of the Navy in the scrapping of good ships; the slaughter of the RAF in scrapping of good aircraft, not to mention the redundancy of loyal technical staff.  Already we are told early Mark Nimrod aircraft are being deployed over Libya when we have put the sledgehammers through the later aircraft bought and paid for and which were supposed to have replaced them.  Madness or lack of forethought or what?  I have no faith in any politico any more.  Defence of the people, is supposed to be the first social service of any government but definitely not this one!
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Post by: David on 17:00:57, 14/03/11
When I left Sunny Sands I was stationed at Corralis, which was a cold-water camp.
 
When at Sunny Sands I saw a type of home made water heater so I copied it. It boiled water in no time.
 
[Don't try this at home] you take a small tin and fasten a piece of wood across the middle about half to three quarter of an inch, then bend some fence wire round the wood [ Not saying how much wire of how far apart] with the live wire fasten to the coil and the other to the tin, it would boil about a gallon in about five minutes.
 
This got around, I made a number and I think a lot of other people copied them because, the first thing in the morning the lights in the camp would dip because of the demand.
 
One of these heaters was found, and an order went up at the camp, anyone found with one of these heaters, using it or not, would be serving time in the guardhouse.
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Post by: Clive Cartwright on 08:43:19, 13/06/17
There's news that a plaque will be unveiled by Major General AJG Pollard on June 17th at 11.00am at the old Glen Parva Barracks, Tigers Road, South Wigston.

A statement from the editor of the Tigers in the News (https://sites.google.com/site/royalleicestershireregiment/) announced:

"It will be inserted in the outer wall adjacent to the main entrance of the Barrack area to mark the Regiment's historical presence at the Barracks. Those wishing to meet up with old pals are invited to go to the Wigston Club and Institute, on Blaby Road in the centre of Wigston by kind permission of Mr John Hall. The Mayor of Oadby and Wigston and her Consort will be present."
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Post by: ronaldvam on 23:05:34, 12/04/19
what was the story about the german plane that offloaded some munitions in main street and the royal hotel in ww2, killing someone in main street?