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Ray Grimson


Joined up with my mates George Walker and John Walters in July 64, trained at Shrewsbury.
64/65 Berlin / 9 Plt.C Company
65/68 Gravesend - Aden 66 - Norway 4 times - Canada twice. During this posting and having served 3 years with C Company, I joined the Mortar's for 6 months, then my big love, the 'Recce'
68/70 Ballykinler, promoted L/Cpl. unfortunately had to leave the Recce and join the Signals, because of an ulcer that disallowed my participation in the Kenya exercise. Three months before end, met wife and married on my last day in Northern Ireland.
70 Lemgo, spent last 6 months happily in the PRI.


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Lemgo 1970, Salamanca Day: Ray Grimson left , to the front is Pte Massarella, John Walters is just out of picture,(know the other two but need help with names!) we were picked to make the presentation to the Burgermeister as we were from Doncaster, which I believe was twinned with Lemgo.


Pete Cornish and George Walker 'Preparing to fend off a Russian invasion', Brooke Bks. Berlin 65.
Almost 100% sure this is Rodger Hoskins,and in the back ground L to R. Fizz Fazakerly, Pte Denmead, and sorry friend memories gone! taken while relaxing at Tier Garten, Berlin 65.
Ray Grimson taken when off duty at Tier Garten


Christmas 64, Naffi Club, Downtown Berlin, Ray Grimson right, with John Bligh...I'm sure surname is Bligh, hope John will forgive me if I'm wrong
Ray Grimson in front of the Congress Hall, or known locally as 'The Pregnant Oyster', Berlin 65.

Ray Grimson & Fizz Fazackerly, Radfan Camp, May 66.....though it could well pass for Tobruk 41! Fizz was from Durham, can't remember his first name for the life of me, but he was a good guy and always kept us laughing!
Grenade Corner-Sheik Othman-Aden 1966 - C Company conducting a 'Cordon and Search' - Ray Grimson on the left
I see no sharks! Elephant Bay Aden 66
"Aim for the whites of their eyes did he say? he's aving a larf aint he"!
'The Lads' in Canada 1966 .R toL. Pete Cornish, George Walker,Taffy Roberts, ?, ?, Fizz Fazakerly, ? ? ?
'The Rockies' 1966 - RtoL Pete Cornish, Myself (why on earth did I pose like that!), & George Walker - or 'The Three Musgetbeers' as we used to call ourselves!
Pete Cornish and myself, doing our training at Hednesford in 64," Don't know about you Pete, but I feel vulnerable without my makeup!"
Ray with Civic Mayor of Doncaster and Ed Milliband who was presenting me with my veterans badge.
Morning Campers Norway 1967 - myself centre, right is Pte.Chapman, left is my old mate Mick Belsom ....where are you now you old toe-rag!

Copyright: Ray Grimson

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