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89 Entry RAF College Cranwell Reunions

 

2013 (50th since joining)     2008 (45th since joining)       2006 (40th since graduation)      2003 (40th since joining)

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2006

 

The 40 89'ers and a very distinguished guest at the 40th anniversary re-union

Back Row - Jerry Pook, Tony Ware, Paddy Pyper, Simon Coy, Dave Donelly, Alan MacDonald, Paul Buckland, Grant Taylor, Malcom Coe, Nigel Griffiths, Graham Horder, Steve Wrigley, Dick Shuster, Dave Harlow, Brian Synnott, Steve Baines

Middle Row - Barry Chalkley, Andy Griffin, Henry Middleton, Pete Squire, Dick Northcote, Colin Hinds, Roger Wood, Peter Robinson, Chris Saunby, Ian Robertson, Black Robertson, JC Newland, Dave Foulger

Front Row -  Roger Cresswell, Chel Hibbert, Pete Crispin, Ian Clarke, Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Wellum DFC RAF (Rtd), Allan Ferguson, Dave Hayward, Derek North, Jock Reid, Dick Slogrove, Les Quigley, Malcolm Caygill

 

 

Forty  89ers get together

 

People don't change - despite many not having seen each other for as long as 40 years, it took only minutes for the 40 chaps to revive their old relationships. It took only slightly longer for us to revert to the antics of our late teens and early twenties. Our bodies may have slowed down but our repartee was as quick as ever. The strange thing was, that whilst old sites were revisited, the South Brick Lines, Junior Mess, the Parade Square, etc there was hardly any reminiscing of events, the talk was always about people, the characters who helped shape our characters - especially the Senior RAF NCO's like Perkins, Eastwood, Scaife, Noddy, Campbell, and College Warrant Officer Gibbons  who pruned us to equal size before letting us grow back as a highly disciplined yet independently minded team. 

 

Well this weekend the team was far from independently minded since the universal target was the BAR.  Sadly, but probably wisely, it seemed closed more than it was open.  However, it was well utilised when it was open. 

It was a warm evening and reminiscing in the beer garden was a big improvement over the "60's" bar

 

A Warm Welcome

The welcoming staff, especially the young cadets  were incredibly helpful and polite. Check-in was far easier and faster than even the best hotels - they didn't even ask for an imprint of our credit cards in case we did a runner with the contents of the mini-bar or stole the towels and bathrobes from the en-suite!  Unfortunately there was a dearth of Porters and Batmen, but nevertheless we soon managed to dump our kit and find the bar before lunch.

Right  - The rooms were a lot smarter than in the '60's - but still no mini bar!

 

Thanks to the genial company and the banter, the afternoon passed quickly (and dryly) with visits to the various sports and a tour of the estate. Negotiating locked security gates almost proved a problem, since none of us knew the combinations, however, in true "Great Escape" style we overcame these obstacles by sheer cunning. (Sorry we can't tell our readers how - in case we endanger national security!)

Wandering around the College was a great opportunity to bump into old friends

Right -Dave Harlow, Dick Shuster & Dave Donnelly meet up with Alan MacDonald  

 

Luckily the bar opened shortly before 89 rioted (which we hadn't done since the Junior Mess uprising of Easter '64), and some serious pre-dinner pint sinking began. 

 

Dinner was an excellent affair, with several highlights. These included the traditional post horn gallop performed by an SAC from the RAF Central Band - ably assisted by Malcolm Coe.  The after-dinner talk by the guest of honour, Geoffery Wellum, the last surviving Battle of Britain pilot and author of the superb book - "First Light",  was as excellent as his book.  The final coup de grasse was administered by Snotty.  He produced a bottle of 40 year old Armagnac - 1966 vintage - which he kindly shared with his old mates from "C" Squadron amidst the envious glares of the other squadron members!

 Above - All eyes turn for the "Post Horn Gallop"

 

Left - Geoffrey Wellum signs the OCA visitors book 

 

After dinner it was time to return to the bar. However, it didn't seem to be open long before someone called last orders - it was 02.00 Hrs - we finished our drinks and crawled back to our pits at 03.00 Hrs to grab some sleep before church parade later that morning!

 

Despite the rigors of the previous night a few made breakfast, and most made the church parade. Luckily 89 was at the back of the church, because tradition, developed at 89's attendance at over 100 church parades, meant that "Sermon Cricket" was being played by the rear echelons.  After church we withdrew to the "Orange" to watch a very commendable march past of all the College Cadets. It was much better than during our previous re-union - The extra weeks that cadets are kept at the RAF College Cranwell is obviously paying off on the drill front at least!

 

Above -  March past with the salute being taken by the Commandant of the RAF College

 

Right - Presenting the Queens Colour

 

Before lunch we took a short bus trip to Cranwell Village Cemetery to honour our dead with a wreath laying ceremony. As at our previous re-union this took place at Martin Barents' grave. After a moving ceremony, when flowers were laid for each of our departed comrades, we visited many of the other graves to pay our respects to other Old Cranwellians laying there. Amazingly, amongst the hundreds of headstones we found Frank Whitehouse's headstone. We new Frank's Ashes had been returned to RAF Cranwell from Singapore but did not realise he had a headstone. (To see article by Nigel Griffiths - click here). We had missed Frank's headstone in 2003 but now made up for this omission by placing his wreath and flowers on his grave,.

Frank was lost amongst the Cranwell ranks

89 prepare to honour their dead with individual floral tributes

 

Pete Squire reads the names of our departed comrades

Wreaths and flowers on Martin Barents grave

A lone RAF Bugler plays the "Last Post"

Martin Barents headstone

Frank Whitehouse's headstone*

 

* Andy Griffin researched the quotation on Frank's headstone "Mizpah Gen 31-49"  -  Andy reports that it reads ...

"And Mizpah; for he said , The Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent from one another."

 

Our thanks go to all the staff and cadets of the RAF College for making the brief stay back in our old home such a success.  Thanks are also due to "Big X",  Dick Slogrove, and  his team of Squadron "whippers-in" for making sure it happened!

 

More photographs of the 40th Reunion

 

Held at the RAF College Cranwell on 17th & 18th June

 

Afternoon Sport 

We couldn't find any 89ers participating in sport (been there - done that!) so here' a few odd pictures taken whilst wondering around the RAF College....

Chel Hibbert (His best side), Tony Ware & Graham Horder

Right - Dave Donnelly, Tony Ware, Pete Squire

An "Intelligence committee" meeting - subject - "where's the nearest open Bar?" 

Right - Dave Harlow realises a life time ambition

Dick Shuster poses in front of Les Quigley's "Box Brownie" 

Right - Dave Harlow, Dick Shuster,  Dave Donnelly & Chris Saunby can't believe they named a street after Quiggers!!

 

Pre-Dinner Drinks

Some hit the bar the moment it opened and hadn't changed for dinner - others wasted good drinking time and dressed up for the occasion!

Malcolm Coe, Malcom Caygill, Dick Northcote, Brian Synnott, Grant Taylor, Chris Saunby, Dick Shuster, & JC Newland

Paul Buckland & ?

Grant  - "The bastards where aiming for here!!"

Left - Dick Shuster, JC Newland, Derek North & Dave Harlow - JC - "Go on give me kiss Dick!"

Old habits die hard....

Dick Northcote - "How many pints do you want? - Malcolm Coe - "Two will do as starters?"

Jerry Pook  to Graham Horder - "I'd buy you one mate but I'm skint!" - Things never change

More drink & more chat

 

The Photographers photograph each other!

Les Quigley photographs Dick Northcote

Dick Northcote photographs Les Quigley (Dick's was better!)

Barry Chalkley, Malcolm Caygill, Dave Hayward

Right - There were lots of one to ones - Alan MacDonald & Steve Baines in front. Paddy Pyper, Andy Griffin (with a head on his shoulder), Colin Hinds & Grant Taylor

Pre-dinner aperitiffs
The Bar closes before dinner so everyone starts looking dejected - Good news there's more booze in the Rotunda!

Dick Shuster, Jerry Pook, Chris Saunby, Les Quigley & Paddy Pyper brace themselves for the next round

Les Quigley & Ian Robertson

- a Scouse & a Scott doing what they do best - drinking

What ever happened to 89's hair? - It was the hats! - They made us wear them until '64!

(89 Entry were the last RAF Cranwell cadets to have to wear a hat when outside a building - Failure to do so was a chargeable offence!)

 

Graham Horder, Chris Saunby & Nigel Griffiths

 

 

Left - Les Quigley with Guest of Honour - Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Wellum DFC, RAF(Rtd)

 

Colin Hinds, Roger Wood, Peter Robinson - An Engineers tete tete

Right - Organising the troops for a group photograph

 

Dinner

The Royal Air Force College Cranwell Queens Colour

Grace before the Old Cranwellian Association Dinner

Happy chaps at dinner

Left -   Dick Northcote, Grant Taylor, Malcolm Caygill

Post Horn Gallop

JC Newland & Dave Foulger (front)  Pete Squire & Simon Coy (behind)

Black Robertson (eyes closed) & Graham Horder

Henry Middleton, Pete Squire & Simon Coy from a different angle

Snotty & Scotty enjoying a joke - the photographer's little "Brownie"!

Roger Cresswell, Pete Crispin & Paul Buckland

Dave Foulger & Ian Robertson talking serious

Pete Crispin, Paul Buckland, Barry Chalkley & Steve Baines looking serious

Snotty's Special Treat (for "C" Squadron) ......

A 40 year old Armagnac

The only man in 89 who could keep booze for 40 years?

 

 

The Morning after the Night before...

Church parade

Hangovers? No!  -  Looking sober & pious before church? Or are they holding their dodgy stomachs??

Derek North, Paddy Pyper & Dick Shuster

Les Quigley. Pete Crispin, Dave Donnelly, Ian Robertson & Brian Synnott

Yesterday's cadets waiting for today's cadets to arrive!

Steve Wrigley & Malcom Coe watching the cadets approach

Steve Baines looks on whilst Dick Slogrove administers a b......king!

You can guarantee that there will be lots of smiling faces when 89 get together ...

Above - Chris Saunby, Graham Horder, Derek North & Ian Clark

Above Right - Alan Macdonald, Dick Northcote, Malcolm Coe & Roger Cresswell

 

Right - Ian Robertson & Brian Synnott

Today's Cranwell cadets parade the Queens Colour in time honoured tradition in front of the RAF College

A few last poses before departing

 

Right - Simon Coy, Henry Middleon & Nigel Griffiths (hangovers overcome - although Simon still has that dickey tum!)

 

It may have looked like it, but sadly we weren't going on an old farts day trip to the seaside, or even to a wedding......

 

But there were couple of happy "Groupies"  who looked as though they were!!

(Are they holding hands?)

 

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE NEXT RE-UNION!

 

Next full re-union planned for 2008 - 45 years since kick-off!

So start looking for the missing members - we need at least 45

 

 

The 40 Attendees

 

BAINES (Walton), Steve  

BUCKLAND, Paul

CAYGILL, Malcolm

CHALKLEY, Barry

CLARK, Ian

COE, Malcolm

COY, Simon

CRESSWELL, Roger

CRISPIN, Peter

DONNELLY, Dave

FERGUSON, Alan

FOULGER, Dave

GRIFFIN, Andy

GRIFFITHS, Nigel  

HARLOW, Dave  

HAYWARD, Dave

HIBBERT, Chel

HINDS, Colin

HORDER, Graham

MACDONALD, Alan

MIDDLETON, Henry

NEWLAND, JC

NORTH, Derek

NORTHCOTE, Dick

POOK, Jerry

PYPER, Jonathan

QUIGLEY, Les  

REID, Jock  

ROBERTSON, Black

ROBERTSON, Ian  

ROBINSON, Peter

SAUNBY, Chris

SHUSTER, Dick

SLOGROVE, Richard

SQUIRE, Peter

SYNNOTT, Brian

TAYLOR, Grant

WARE, Tony

WOOD, Roger

WRIGLEY, Steve

 

Regrets received

 

ARCHBOLD, Dave

COATES, Jim  

HOWARD, Geoff

KENNETT, Ron  

JACKSON, Keith  

JONES, Adrian

KENT, Anthony  

LAUNDY, Mike

LIDDELL, John

NAILER, Ron

PARKINSON, Tom  

REVELL, John

RICHARDSON, Mike  

SHIMMONS, Ron

STEEL, Tony

SWIFT, Duncan

YATES, Vince

 

Gone but not forgotten

 

BARENTS, Martin

CARTLIDGE, Keith

COOPER, Malcolm

COOPER, Paul

JOHNSON, Ian

JOHNSTON, Rowly

LEDSHAM, Rick

MAZURK, John

PENGELLY, Russ

THOMAS, Roger

THOMPSON, Mike

THOMPSON, Pete

WAUGH, Paddy

WHITEHOUSE, Frank

 

Joined Sept 1963 - Nothing Heard

 

CARTER, Crag  C

DAVIS, Bill  B

GRIMER, John  C

GEARY, Mike  A

HUMPHREY, Colin B  

LOVEGROVE, Colin 'D'

MASON, Geoff  D

NICHOLLS, Pete  B

WILCOX, Doug  A

 

89 Entry Commissioning List - Nothing Heard

 

CLOUGH, PJ*

DEAN, MS*

DENHAM, DC*

DIAMONDOPOULOS, D*

DRYLAND, Geoff

EARLE, David*

FORDER, Ron

FOWLER, D*

GARDINER, Chris

GREEN, J*  

GUNARATNAM, N*

HARRISON, PJ*

HOARE, WHC*

KENDRICK, DA*

LONGMAN, BD*

LOVERIDGE, Peter*

MASKELL, CJ*

MCANDREW, S*

NEWTON, JK*

NORRIS, PG*

OUGHTON, GJ*

PARKINSON, Tom*

PYLE, Mike

REED, TA*

SMITH, Neil

STYLES, AJP*

* Ex Henlow

 

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