Operation Crown 1963 - 1968

Operation Crown

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Roger Andrews
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70 years old
About Me

Junior Leaders (Dover) - 61 Fld Pk Sqn (Maidstone) - CRE Crown (Thailand) - 11 Ind Fld Sqn (Malaya) - 23 Ind  Amph Sqn Hameln) - 64 Amph Sqn (Hameln) - 52 Airfld Sqn (Waterbeach) 1 Trg Regt (Cove) - 3 Trg Regt (Cove)

Detachments to Post Crown (Thailand)  Op platypus (Cyprus) - Gibraltar - PSA (Oman) - RE Mobile Display Team (UK)




Geoffrey Baxter
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74 years old
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Joined REME as a junior leader june 59 Completed TRADE training nov 61 posted to BAOR returned to Netheravon (Salisbury Plains) with a 4 week temp posting in Nov/Dec 63 to Aden  Completed consruction equipment conversion then posted  to Ops Crown Oct 64 returned to UK to REME Wksp attached to RE airfield construction unit at Waterbeach had two short detachments to N Ireland (before troubles) and a 5 month detachment to Beef Island (British Virgin Island) Posted to Chatenden Oct 69 prior to demob in apr 70(Trans to Army Reserves) with completion of service in apr 73 Moved to New Zealand 75 worked for local ford franchise 'til jan 79 then transfered to NZ prison Service until retirement OCT 2009



paul prior
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clem
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Ex apprentice electrician 58 B, Harrogate and Beachly. Shiny Seven Ind Fld Sqn, 1961. Then 59 Sqd, Op crown 1964 to 1967. Then 26 Armoured Eng Sqd as Sports Store Man and mail man. (Good skive) . Finished up with 10 Sqn in the Trucial Oman States and at Longmoor, in the tender care of Cpl Paddy Kearney. Also on the road project i Kenya .

I was never the same after Thailand (mind you; I was never the same before either). Have returned to the camp-site many times on Bike tours, trekking and backpacking hols. The fist return was in 1987.My last visit was my retirerment holiday when I rode my push-bike from Hanoi to Chiang Mai via Dien Bien Puu, the across laos and across into Chiang Rai provence at Houai Xai. Now Busy writing up my trips from my old note books. 

Member of Op Crrow Association and the U3A. (Universtiy of the 3rd A). Ken Clem.



Dave
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Mags
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Female
About Me

My husband, Bill Sayer was in 54 Corps Field Park Squadron as a fridge mechanic during Operation Crown. He was there from late 1963 to 1965. Would like to get in touch with any others who might know him from that time



Malcolm
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70 years old
About Me

Posted to CRE Works Operation Crown Thailand in April 1966 - January 1967.   On return to the Uk I was posted 17 Port Regiment  RE where I retrained first as Seaman then a Navigator I commanded a variety of small craft from Tugs Workboats Z craft and MEXE Floats.  My postings include Bahrain, Masirah, always returning to 17 Port Regt.   On leaving the service in 1974, I transferred my skills to civvy street, and joined the Merchant Navy.



Cliff Gray
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75 years old
About Me

59 sqn.RE 2 troop 3 section Driver/Radio Op. 9/11/65 to 2/5/68.Crown 1st 18/11/65 to12/12/65 Airfield, 2nd.7/766 to 15/9/66. MRS. crown after this and an extended first aid course at BMH.Singerpore I was known as Doc by my Mates. 3rd.8/5/67 to 10/8/67.I was Married in May 65.to Chris and she joined me in Singapore to be told I was off to Thailand in less than a fortnight,welcome to the Army life Darling.Still we had a great time in Singapore.I left Corps. in Sept.68 since then I've worked mainly in the Printing Industry.We will be celebrating our Golden Wedding in 2015.We have two Children Paul and Alison and two Grandaughters Rebecca 18 and hannah 8.I'm retired now and live near Boston in lincolnshire.




spook912l
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John Darling
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Served in the Australian Army 1962 to 1968, then joined RAAF and served 1968 to 1988. Worked for Queensland Dept. of Mines & Energy from 1988 until my retirement in 2009.



Terry Crimmons
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70 years old
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Joined Op Crown in 1964 to 1965, one of the Gunners attached to the transport corps.

"I was in this incident attached at the time to the RCT as they became whilst we were there. The Scammel we were in was about two vehicles behind on route to Ubon. I will always remember the local people coming along with sweet potatoes and water etc even though we had effectively shut their only road down!! Thats a D8 on it's back by the way!!I remembered another little thing from the Op. A Scots Engineer and myself got a little group going and we actually broadcast on 'Op Crowns' own radio station, we played a few Beatles numbers!! Do you remember that? There were about 5 or 6 of us Gunners there at that time, all driving."



Mick Norton BEM
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72 years old
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Served in Thailand as a Plant Operator with 54 (FARELF) Sp Sqn RE for a total of 22 months serving under command, CRE Wks Crown, 34 Fd Sqn, 59 Fd Sqn RE, 11 Sqn RE and 54 (FARELF) Sp Sqn RE who completed the Post Crown Force road project, departing from Bangkok on LSL Sir Galahad, 1 May 1968.  During my time on the Airfield with CRE Wks Crown and 34 Fd Sqn I was operating one of the Finishers as part of the SGME train laying concrete.  On the road I operated D8h dozer and Aveling Austen Grader.  majority of my time spent in, "Skid Row" Hong Khong Camp, where I drank copious amounts of beer and had a great time.  ( Apart from the Field Punishment - but that's another story ! )  46 years later I'm still training and assessing plant operators throughout the UK. 2013 will see me having completed 50 years on plant when I might think about retirement.



jimmy
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77 years old

bill gray
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joined boy service 1962-1965  unit REME.  12 Sqdrn RCT LAD 1965-1967.  Op Post Crown REME Wksps 1967- 1968. 32 Armoured Engineer Regt  Wksps 1968- 1971. Left Army at own request 1971 I am 64 years old.



brett bretton
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72 years old
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TOM PRITCHARD
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77 years old

Mike Bishop Bolt
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Male
74 years old
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I was a REME technician with the RE Air Troop, With the 2 Sioux helicopters.



Bruce Templeman
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I live in Loeng Nok Tha after retiring from the US Air Force in 2011. I am very interested in the history of the airfield nearby.



Chris Legg
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73 years old
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Served in Royal Engineers 1959 -1970 Old Park,Dover, Chatham,Cove, Ripon, Hermitage, Osnabruck, Singapore, Thailand, Barton Stacey &  Canada .Was in 59 Sqn Op Crown , Thailand, Emigrated to Canada  in 1970.Worked as a cartographer, then property assesso,eventually management LOL for the Province of New Brunswick .Retired in 2001 Planning to re visit Leong Nok Tha in 2015 Any advice from Expat squaddies etc ?? 



Tony Jeffery
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68 years old
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Just a little about me. Joined up in the Army Apprentice School Arborfield in 1963 (63C) B coy. Nick name ( I think we all had one) Stumpy!! Could be something to do with my height.

First posting was to British North Borneo, Kuching with the 99 Brigade of Gurkhas LAD REME. Discovered I was really partial to Tiger beer. End of confrontation (28 days after I got there, thus no medal) saw us shipping out to Singapore, Nee Soon Barracks. Tiger Beer and night time entertainment became even more appealing.

Volounteered for Thailand, Op Crown..now that was the jewel in the crown as far as postings in the far east were concerened. Talk about roughing it, but what an experience. One I will never forget for many reasons that cant be told here.

UK, Bahrain, Canada, Germany, Northern Ireland and finally UK and into Civvy street.

Now retired and living a life of leisure in sunny Dorset

I wonder if any of you might remember me.


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