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Mike Canning

B Coy - SCLI - 1960/62



My Service Life

I was in the SCLI from sept 1960 -august 1962. From bodmin training went to OSNABUCK for about 5 months, came back to UK did the Taunton Tatoo, then went to GIB for 6 months doing

Convent guards etc. Spent a few months in Tobruk desert training back to Gib then final six weeks back in Libya until demob.

I was in the last intake, I think it was the 64th went in on my 21st birthday, was deferred due to finishing my apprentiship. I was in B coy and if my memory serves me right my number was ...23809687 but don't count on it memory is on the way out. I only ever saw one chap after I came out, Ken Boden back in the 70s he lived in ironbridge Shropshire he came to Bristol Zoo for the day and we met him there .When I say we I meant my wife who sadly passed away 20 years ago.

After I got demobed I went back to my trade decorating , went self employed and went on till I was 60, I then had a heart attack, so I retired and have been taking it easy ever since, I have a son who lives in France so I visit him quite a lot , also two daughters living local, ( Shirehampton) who I go on holiday with. 75 this year .



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1. Mercer Barracks Osnabruck
2. Germany
4. Mercer Barracks Osnabruck
5. Boarding MV. Devonshire at Plymouth for Gibraltar .


6. B Coy - Europa Point Gibraltar
7. Sports Team at Europa Point
8. Swimming Pool - Gibraltar
9. Mike Canning with E. Clark - South Barracks Gibraltar



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