Operation Crown 1963 - 1968

Operation Crown

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Roger Andrews
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71 years old
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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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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
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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
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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.




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



Terry Crimmons
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71 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."



Geordie Coates
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71 years old
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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.



Mick Norton BEM
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73 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.



John Forbes
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72 years old
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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



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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.



jim campbell
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68 years old
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Joined the Sqn straight from B Sqn J/Ldrs at Dover. I was only in Sqn long enough to get acclimatised and then off to Thailand with the Sqn. I think I might have been the youngest ever to be posted to 11 sqn. Best posting in my  9 years of Army life. Also went to Hong Kong before we were disbanded  69-70. Lots of geat memories.

I would also be interested inThai medal situation. It has been going round for quite a while on various sites about getting some kind of recognition for our time there.

Anyone who remembers me feel free to get in touch.



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.



Noel
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49 years old
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Operation Crown is why I am here :D



Bob Lavallin
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72 years old
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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 .



brett bretton
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73 years old
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joe ford
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73 years old
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