If you have some news you would like
to be published, please send it in to me for publication.
Please go to the Reunion Page for details of the 2019 Reunion.
I have just had published my second Book
"From Matelot to Gunner". I hope some of our
members will take a look, and I am sure many will relate to their time in training.
If interested please click on the picture
to go to my page on the publishers
website. The book is available in three
The Southend Timeline Website would very much like to hear from members of
the Regiment who served at Shoeburyness. They will shortly be going live with a form that
you can fill in with your memories of Southend and Shoeburyness at that time (Clean one's Please).
It will be interesting for many people to know what your thoughts were of the Town way
back then. Please click on the Image above to go to the Southend Timeline Website.
Southend Timeline have also added a page on myself and my old Job
as Southend's Macebearer if any interested, please click on the Picture.
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Joe and Anne Richardson would like to thank all members at the Reunion who donated £210 towards the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Here you see
Joe receiving his Blind Drive Challenge Certificate. Well done Joe.
Disbandment Parade Video
I have posted a short video of 36 Regiment's Disbandment Parade
on YouTube. Please go to the Regimental History page and Click on the Link.
Sadly Mick Yeo passed away in Spain,
Deepest sympathy to his wife Dot.
Shoeburyness Officers Mess
I am sad to report that the Officers Mess was destroyed by fire on
Tuesday evening the 4th August 09. It is believed that this was an arson
attack. The Mess has stood empty for several years now as Gladale
Homes have been unable to sell it on for re-development. A very sad end to
a part of Artillery History as this was the second most Senior Mess,
Woolwich being the No1 Officers Mess in The Royal Regiment.
Below are a few pictures of the blaze,
and I thank Paul Taylor for posting these photos on Flikr
and given me permission to publish them here.
Brigadier Peter Painter
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of
Brigadier Peter Painter. The Brigadier was the last Commanding
Officer of 36 Heavy Air Defence Regiment and a great supporter
of the 36 Regiment Reunions.
We send all our sympathy to his family.
Full Obituary on the Departed Comrades Page
Help for Old Comrade
I recently made an Appeal for help for one of our old comrade's
from 36 Regiment through our Facebook Group. I am pleased to report that
through our members great generosity, we were able to move him and his family
into a new Home. You all know who you are,
a Big Thank You from me and the Comrade concerned.
Well Done Everyone
Once a Gunner, Always a Gunner
36 Regiment Group
Why not join our new Group on Facebook. A great way to keep
up to date with your mates. Sign up now and join our Group.
Follow this Link to go there.
Why not buy that something special from the Garrison PRI Shop
Please click on Link below
The Mind of Evil
In October 1970 the BBC asked for help in the production of this Episode of Dr Who.
36 Heavy Air Defence Regiment provided a Thunderbird 2 and a party of men for filming
in Kent. Were you one of these? if so tell us about it and how it went.
Neil Harrison has informed me that he thinks Brian Heritage took the Missile down to Kent,
with possibly Paddy Meenan, Frank Bartley, Ken Davenport and maybe Harry Harris?
I have now received the Cast List and the Names of the Extras in these Episodes,
and listed are the following:
Gnr K Davanport
L/Bdr R Berkley
Bdr R Thompson
Bdr John Lamb
Sgt D Talbot
Bdr Barry Hall
The Royal Artillery leave
its Home at Woolwich
The Home of The Royal Artillery 1716 - 2007
Yes it's true The Royal Regiment has departed Woolwich Barracks for good.
The Barracks have been saved from closure and The Brigade of Guards have moved in.
The RA Band and some elements of the TA will remain at Woolwich.
Article from 'The Times'
The Royal Regiment of Artillery held a Parade and Sunset Ceremony at the
Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich on Saturday, May 26, 2007, to mark
It's departure from Woolwich, its Regimental home for the past 291 years.
The Regiment's new home will be The Artillery Centre at Larkhill,
near Salisbury, Wiltshire.
During the morning, events were held at the Regimental Museum, Firepower,
on the site of the Woolwich Arsenal. During the afternoon, as well as the
King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, detachments from all Gunner Regular and
Territorial Army Regiments took part in a Parade at which the Inspecting Officer
was Field Marshal The Lord Vincent of Coleshill, GBE, KCB, DSO.
The Parade included a march past of veterans led by the President of the
Royal Artillery Association, Major-General M.F.L. Shellard, CBE.
The Parade was followed by a Sunset Ceremony at which the salute was
taken by The Master Gunner St James Park, General Alex Harley, KBE, CB.
A message of loyal greetings was sent on behalf of the Regiment to the Queen,
Captain-General of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. In her response,
Her Majesty sent warm good wishes to all members of the Regiment
for a memorable and successful event.
Some Pictures from the Day
So Goodbye to Woolwich, I am sure for many it will always
remain the Home of The Royal Artillery.
Press Release - Sept 2005
TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE FOR
36 REGIMENT RA AT SHOEBURY GARRISON
Former members of the 36 Heavy Air Defence Regiment Royal Artillery are set to take a trip down memory
lane at their former Barracks at Shoebury Garrison just outside Southend-on-Sea.The Regiment's 21st Reunion
will take place on 24th September 2005 and the ex-soldiers will be remembering their past with a visit to
the Horseshoe Barracks where they were once stationed.
The 36 Regiment was based at Shoeburyness between 1956 until 1971 when the soldiers were
moved to the Napier Barracks in Dortmund, Germany.
The former military Garrison has been restored as part of a major regeneration project by leading housebuilder
Gladedale Homes - part of the Gladedale Group - to create a luxury development offering a mix of
traditional period properties and new build homes.
The former soldiers and Gladedale Homes are working together to build a history of what life was like when
the Garrison was in use and are appealing to local residents in a bid to obtain information, memories
and artefacts that might help.
Keith Holderness who served in the last unit to be posted at Shoebury Garrison is helping
Reunion Secretary Paul Barber to organise the meeting. He said: "Shoeburyness was a popular posting
for young gunners as it was close to the nightlife at Southend-on-Sea. I was there from 1968 to 1971 and have
extremely happy memories of my time at the Horseshoe Barracks.
"There will be a great sense of coming home at this year's Reunion and over 100 members will have the
opportunity to visit the restored Barracks. I would be grateful to anyone that can provide further insight into
life at Shoebury Garrison."
Debbie Gallier, Sales Manager at Gladedale Homes, said: "At Gladedale Homes we are focused upon
preserving the Garrison's nostalgic charms. This reunion will not only be a chance for soldiers to meet
old friends but it will also show that their memories will live on at Shoebury Garrison.
"We are keen to hear from as many people to help fill us in on the history of our new development."
Bernie (Jimmy the Bean) Wilson
Bernie on his first Scheme
I have just received this recent picture from my old pal Bernie
(He's the one in the front) who is now runs a successful Business
in New South Wales, Australia. Any who remember 'The Bean'
please send him an E-Mail.
Your Army Service Records
I have recently obtained my Army Service Records from the Army Personnel Centre.
This service became available after the Data Protection Act came into being in 1998.
If you are an ex serving Solider the service is Free. It's interesting to see what your
OC's thought about you all those years ago. If you would like to apply to receive your
Records then please write to:
Army Personnel Centre
Disclosure Section 2 - Data Protection Cell
Mail Point 515,
65, Brown Street
Tel: 0141 224 8053
For all of you who like myself spent many a night in the Criterion on Southend Seafront,
I thought you may be interested to know that the old place is still going strong
but under a new name. It's now called The Papillon and here's a
picture to remind you of the old place.
1948 - 1963
Did you serve as a National Serviceman?
It is now 40 years since the last National Serviceman returned
to civvy street. Take a look at our National Service Page.
Click on the picture to go to there.
Ty Croes Camp
For those of you who remember Firing Camps at Ty Croes, Angelsey. You may be
interested to know that the camp is now a thriving Motor Racing Circuit.
Please click the link below to go there.
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