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SCLI in Gibraltar
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Pte Colin Luke RIP
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SCLI in Gibraltar - 1961/63
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SCLI in Gibraltar - 1961
Arrival

The SCLI arrived in Gibraltar in August 1961 aboard the Troopship MV. Devonshire, the bulk of the battalion was housed in South Barracks with HQ Company up at Europa Point. Both barracks has terrific views over The Straits, the houses around the northern side of the Europa Parade ground were mostly officer's married quarters and had a magnificent view straight out across the Strait of Gibraltar with Morroco and Atlas Mountains in the distance.
The posting was very much a 'spit and polish posting' as being the Garrison Infantry Battalion you were on show the whole time.

Lt.Col. W. Hine-Haycock (April 1960 - September 1962) commanded the battalion for much of the period of this posting and in September 1962 went to Staff College, he was replaced by, Lt.Col. J.T.C. Howard MC.

Aerial view of Europa Point taken by RAF in 1969 - (RAF)
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MV. Devonshire
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Ceremonial duties included the Ceremony of the Keys, Mounting the guard at the Governor's residence and Mounting the guard at the Border point with Spain, this included a perimeter patrol.

During this period the battalion was expected to provide a company strength party to be posted to RAF El Adem in Libya, (more of that later).

One or two SCLI members worked part time on The El Adem Radio Service, known to all as TEARS during our stint in 1963, it still has an interesting website. Peter Vile and John Pover are mentioned on the site.

SCLI in Gibraltar - 1961
Other Images from Gibraltar

Dave Pruett and Doug Brown, taken at Arizona Night Club, Gib, early Sunday morning. Doug under the weather. 1961. (Dave Pruett)
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SCLI Bugles - Gibraltar 1962 - John Pover. (SCLI Regt)
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Three Roses - Gibraltar 1962 - John Pover.
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L to R - Mickey Mount, "Russ" Conway, Tony Hood, Reg Horn and ?. Gibraltar 1962 (Credit: Tony Hood)
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Keith Scudamore and Dave Pruett, Europa Gib 1961 (Dave Pruett)
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Gus Ashworth and Dave Pruett, Europa Barracks (Dave Pruett)
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Tramps ! L to R - Tony Hood, Lt Rudd-Clark, John Turner. (Tony Hood)
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Dave Pruett dreaming of being a fighter pilot (Gordon Ashworth)
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London Bar.
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Major Tom Meredith MBE. (QM) - (Charlotte Lewall)
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CSM Lynas Gray (Big Bear)
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Lt. Col. W. Hine Haycock
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Thomas far left, South Bks Gib(Aldridge)
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Gib St Bar (Ashworth)
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Lt.Col. Tom Meredith QM. MBE in retirement 1992 (Charlotte Meredith)
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Demob party London Bar (Ashworth)
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Ready for Guard Keith & Chris(Ashworth)
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Dave Pruett by same gateway 43yrs later
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SCLI in Gibraltar - 1961

Private Colin Luke

In the early June 1962 we lost Private Colin Luke in strange circumstances, he was renowned as a very strong swimmer and informed his good pal Gordon (Gus) Ashworth on the 16th June that he was going to swim from Little Bay around the Rock as far as Eastern Beach. A pile of clothes was left at Little Bay which Gus was asked by the Gibraltar Police to indentify as belonging to Colin and Gus made a statement also, however Colin never arrived at Eastern Beach and the body was never found, despite a long search being made.

 

There was much speculation about this loss especially as there were the Russian Trawlers (listening ships) anchored just offshore, easily in reach of Colin's swimming abilities. His loss was much regretted among the battalion.


Farewell to Gibraltar - 1963
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Lt. Col JTC. Howard MC. with H.E. The Governor and his officers, September 1962 - Picture taken at Europa Point.- (LI Som Office)
Farewell Retreat Gibraltar 1963 (LI Som office)

An address from the C/O to his men: (edited by Webmaster)

Our time in Gibraltar is fast drawing to a close and in spite of the fact that the Rock is such a small station we have found that out time has passed very quickly and pleasantly, within hours our first group of the Main Body's departure, by air, for the United Kingdom.

It would also be true to say that this has been a most enjoyable and happy station in which we have had the good fortune to serve since our almalgamation. We have been told by His Worship The Mayor that we have been the best behaved Battalion in living history of The Rock.

We now look forward to our next posting of Berlin, meanwhile we wish all possible success to The 1st Btn Middlesex Regiment.

Last Cornish National Serviceman Leave the SCLI

September 1962

Write-Up in the Western Gazette Friday 18th May 1962 (Lawrence Hodges)

There will be more information on this page later about the regiments activities in Gibraltar as archive reports are checked at Taunton. Brigadier Fyfe and Col David Eliot have helped with this.. This pages contents has been collated with the great help of Dave Pruett, John Pover and Gordon (Gus) Ashworth and is based on memory, any discrepancies are due to the passage of time and its affects on us all.

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