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.



Mike Bishop Bolt
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74 years old
About Me

I was a REME technician with the RE Air Troop, With the 2 Sioux helicopters.



Ron Pearson
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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



John Darling
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About Me

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.



Kenwin Vaughan Jones (Taffy)
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73 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.



john bancroft
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72 years old

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I am a reluctant veteran of the CIA's Secret War in Laos thanks to the deceit of the British government.


I have been a member of the Queensland Greens since 1992 and have stood as a candisate in numerous elections. The most recent was in the seat of Griffith against Kevin Rudd. I drew attention to the fact that the incoming Australian Prime Minister was intent on continuing the wars and had no idea about climate change and its likely impacts.


I am a peace scholar currently researching the roles played by US allies, Britain, Australia and New Zealand in the CIA's Secret War in Laos, and in the  Indochina War. I am very concerned that as the world's resources are rapidly depleted we will see more wars of aggression like the illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.



Denis Moon
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74 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.



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.



Roger Makin
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73 years old
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CRE Ops   1963-64   on detatchment from  65 CFPS.



Bob Lavallin
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71 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 .



Jim Curtis
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Grumpy old fart (now retired).  :mad:



malc
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73 years old

stewart hulley
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73 years old
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