I came across this long lost photograph (1) of Sjt Rose
about a year ago and I had it printed on good quality photographic
paper along with the others and sent them off to him, he
called a few day later and was absolutely delighted.The
Guard Room shown here is at Mercer Barracks Osnabruck the
Duty Roster Board behind Sjt Rose's head shows the date
27th January 1960 and the Field Officer as Major COLLINS
MC the time (on the partially obscured clock) as 23.05hrs
or 01.05hrs he was obviously Battalion Orderly Sjt. I assume
I was Guard Commander or why would I have the photograph?
Incidentally David Rose was the youngest Sjt in the Light
Infantry Brigade at that time!
Other photograph (2) Shows David Rose (still smart as paint)
at the 50th Anniversary of the Amalgamation at Wells in
2009 and photograph (3) shows Bob Evered, Pete Slade and
David Rose at the Portway Inn, Tidworth in 2008.
Photograph (4) Shows L/Cpls Terry Joll, Terrace Higginbottom,
Pete Slade and Cpl Bob Evered in the back of an army truck
outside the guardroom of Mercer Barracks, Osnbruck ready
to depart to some long forgotten destination.
Finally photograph (5) shows Terry Joll along with me and
Pete Slade also at Tidworth. I first met Terry in April
1958 later we were both corporals in Charlie Company DCLI
and continuing on in the SCLI whilst serving in Osnabruck,
West Germany. Sadly Terry died in October 2014. We did meet
again some 50 years later at a reunion at Tidworth in March
2008 and again later at another do at Shrewsbury, lastly
in Taunton at the 50th anniversary of the formation of the
Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry (SCLI).
I for one will be left with many happy memories of Terry,
not least his companionship one dark night when we were
left stranded many miles from our lonely outpost in the
Hartz Mountains and faced with a long walk home. We had
gone off with Sjt Dave Evans and A.N. Other who had a private
car somehow we had become parted.
Terry and I started walking back to our base which belonged
to the regiment for a skiing base in the winter and a outward
bound base in the summer, when not in use it was manned
by a corporal and driver for security. I was lucky to enjoy
one such spell here myself. Back to our long trek home,
Dave Evans must have had a twinge of conscience as he came
back looking for us in an Austin Champ and gave us a lift