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John Rea in 1960


Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry

Light Infantry

John Rea.



23786555 John Rea - died 1st July 1976 of leukaemia he was in the SCLI from 1960 - 70. He started as a boy soldier on 10.6.1960 and joined the regiment in Gibraltar on 8.12.1961. He served in Germany, Aden and Northern Ireland. He was awarded the GSM for South Arabia and NI. He left 1LI on 28.8.1970.

He was married to Hazel in 1968 and was posted to Ballykinler Camp, NI. He was the photographer for the battalion. He bought himself out in 1973 and got a job with the MOD as Information Officer. His first assignment was in Belfast! He transferred to MOD London in 1974. They had 2 sons.

Webmaster; My thanks to Hazel for these pics and allowing us to record John's service life. Also thanks to Lawrie Hodges, Duncan Drake and Stephen Taylor for background information.
1. Picture was taken in Bodmin. John Rea Front Row 2nd Right - Cpl Bogan 3rd Right - Sjt Bound (KSLI) 4th Right - The Officer is (KSLI.) Mr Nicholas. - Cpl Ward 6th Right.
2. Park Hall Barracks, Oswestry - Junior Leader Training Centre
It is now home to the Museum of the Welsh Guards, continuing the link with the military started so long ago in 1915.
3. Soviet War Memorial Berlin
4. Berlin - Unimog vehicle, unkown occupants.
Unimog U 4000 is a 4x4 all terrain multi-utility truck manufactured by Mercedes-Benz for military as well as industrial applications.


5. Norway
6 Norway
7 Norway
8. Open Day at Milton Barracks
9 SCLI at Harz Mountains
10 Milton Barracks Gravesend
11. Milton Barracks Gravesend
12 Open Day at Milton Barracks
13 Service Book
14 Service Book




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