DISCHARGED-my Discharge Book and the ARMY EMERGENCY RESERVE
Discharge of a National Service from Whole-Time Military Service
Army Book 111
Military Conduct –“ Very Good”
Testimonial –“ He has done very well in Korea as a surveyor (sound ranging). An intelligent competent hard working man with plenty of initiative and self- confidence. Pleasant personality. Capable of taking charge of other men”
Royal Artillery Register Discharged on 25.10.53 on termination of whole time National Service. / Substantive Bombardier
HQ / AER Deemed to be enlisted on 26.10.53 / Gunner
I had been allocated to the AER as there was not a survey TA unit in the area in which I lived. Once again I was posted to 14th Locating Battery RA and joined them for training at Larkhill, Wiltshire, on 8th August 1954. After a refresher session there, we went in convoy to Colchester Barracks in Essex for the second week, from where we had a series of field training including one night sleeping in the back of a 15cwt truck. The major excitement was when the tall aerial on the troop commanders’ vehicle touched a live overhead power line. Fortunately he survived without serious injury. During the evenings, most of us gate-crashed (did not pay to enter) the popular Butlin’s holiday camp at near-by Clacton-on-Sea to join the dancers!
The Government then decided to cancel future annual camps, and we had to return all our army issue in a kitbag. The final entry on my army records states – Discharged on 3/4/57 in consequence of Termination of Engagement 5 years 182 days.