Operation Crown 1963 - 1968

Operation Crown

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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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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



paul prior
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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



cooling
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sailor crowford
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74 years old
About Me

served at op crown 1966 with 11sqn attached scammellsection RCT.



clem
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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.



Mike Bishop Bolt
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Male
76 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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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



Chris Legg
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Male
75 years old
About Me

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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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! 



jim campbell438
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Male
69 years old
About Me

first posting to 11 ind fld sqn after j/ldrs b. sqn . arrived in terendak august 67 ,a few weeks later the sqn went to thailand. mind blowing for someone who had just turned 18. will never forget my time with 11sqn. best posting of my 9 years service.



Terry Crimmons
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72 years old
About Me

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."



Phil Clark
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Male
71 years old

Barrie Swales
Member
Male
74 years old

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.

 

 



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.



Peter(Geordie)Coates
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Male
72 years old
About Me

Joined 59 Field Squadron August 66 to Feb 69. Best time I ever had in the army. operated Mich on the airstrip and then worked on the road. Great mates great time.



hank
Member
Male
75 years old
About Me

I am ex Sapper who served with the Royal Engineers UK from 1958-69

On Op Crown with 11 Indep Fd Sqn 1963-64

Live in Bournemouth Dorset UK.

I run websites for the units i served in whilst in the army. Started my Op Crown site back in 2007 which now has 193 on roll call. link below.

http://oppostcrownthailand.blogspot.com/ 


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