Operation Crown 1963 - 1968

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Roger Andrews
Site Owner
Male
71 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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Male
75 years old
About Me

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



john jordan
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Male
73 years old
About Me

Post Crown 1966?

Demobbed 1986 as WO1(ASM)

Did the usual tours, NI, BAOR, Hong Kong and Op Corperate Falklands in 82 finishing up in UK, Maidstone 36(second tour) and finally York.

 Civvy job Transport Manager Notts Police until retirement.

Married, two sons and three grandchildren



Geordie Coates
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Male
72 years old
About Me

Pete(Geordie) Coates.Joined 59 Field Squadron August 66 to February 69. three trips to Op Crown, One on the airstrip and two on the road. Best time of my life in the army. Great mates, Still in contact with a couple of the lads would be great to meet some more, Left army in 72. Joined the Met Police 74 retired 2002 then worked for local authority in licensing. Now retired. Anyone that remembers me please get in touch.



John Forbes
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Male
73 years old
About Me

John Forbes.

Ex 34 sqn op crown 1966, finished airfield of ,then on to road construction, bridges ,culverts etc.

now live in marchwood southampton,retired ,avid biker.

left the mob in 85 ,chemical engineer for 20 odd years.

 

jj



Denis Moon
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Male
75 years old
About Me

I started my Army life in '58 at Beachly AAC. Posted to 4 Field Sqn RE in '62 in BAOR. Posted to 54 Corps. Field Park Sqn RE Singapore in '65. Deployed to crown in '66 looking after a small group of civvies laying the form work for the concrete mixer.



Noel
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Male
50 years old
About Me

Operation Crown is why I am here :D



Bob Lavallin
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Male
72 years old
About Me

Me and my wife Jackie , Now 64 and 11months . I shall retire next month . I served with CRE OP CROWN WKSP REME . Around 1966 - 1967 . I've always been a mechanic and will most probably die one . Some things don't change .



stewart hulley
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Male
74 years old

brett bretton
Member
Male
73 years old
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paul prior
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clem
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Male
About Me

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.



Ron Pearson
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Male
About Me

I joined the Royal Engineers in May 1963 and after basic training was posted to Osnabruck. I managed to join the 25CER ski team and had a ball.  I was posted to Singapore on first December 1967. I worked in the MT section, living in Gillman Barracks, and loving the life. I played a flute in the band. I travelled to Thailand on 15 Jan 1968 woking in MT and for a while the corporals club as the chap who was running it went home on compassionate grounds. Some of my memories are a bit sketchy but as I read some of the articles regarding Post Crown I am recalling more. On completion of the road I travelled by C130 to Bangkok with the band.  Had a Ball. I left Singapore 14 Dec 1968 and spent my remaining service in Chatham and Catterick, leaving the Army May 1969. In 1973 I emigrated to Australia and am Married to a great Lady and have four children and nine grandchildren. I would be pleased to hear from anyone who remembers me. Regards Ron pearson PS I will try to look out photo's



Tony Jeffery
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Male
70 years old
About Me

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.



Mike Barney
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Male
69 years old
About Me

Joined REME early 1966. On completion of training as VM C, was posted to Post Crown Wksp early 1967 as a Cfn.  At the time I would have recognised a bulldozer 2 out of 3 times and now had to fix them.I didn't know it at the time but it was the most memorable of my many postings over a career spanning 42 yrs service. I retired in Aug 2008 as the oldest Major in NATO!

I don't have any photos, but the ones on this site bring back happy memories of Mekon old Thai whiskey the noise of heavy rain on the tin roofed bashers. I remember going to the US base at Ubon and seeing Bob Hope and Rachel Welsh on their equivalent of a CES show.

I also remember the Harry Secombe and Anita Harris CSE show.

I sailed  to Singapore  on the RFA Sir Gallagher from Bangkok when Post Crown closed. I was posted to FARELF Engineer Park on Ayer Raja road to newly formed C Vehicle Wksp and was  confronted with all the sorry plant from Crown! 



Kenwin Vaughan Jones (Taffy)
Member
Male
74 years old
About Me

Ex 1 Troop, 59 Field Squadron

Retired in 2001 and moved to live in the mountains between Malaga and Granada, Spain.

Now aged 68.  Not much in the way of hobbies, other than for drinking, eating and walking a lot in the Mountains around where I live.



Barrie Swales
Member
Male
74 years old

Mick Norton BEM
Member
Male
73 years old
About Me

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.



John Knowles
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Male
76 years old
About Me

Ex RAMC 16 CFA - served Crown 1965 - now living in Seaton Delaval, near Newcastle,

Retired from Medical Corps in 1981 after serving 23+ years, finished as WO2 RQMS.

Now living in 'Geordie Land to be nearer to son & daughter who moved here some years ago - retired but has part time work driving Hearse/Limo for local undertaker as and when required.

 

 


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