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SCLI in Osnabruck
Osnabruck Images
End of Tour
Obituary RSM Passmore MBE
Contributors
  • Tony Hood
  • Dave Pruett
  • Reg Horn
  • Johnny Welch
  • Victor Higgins
  • Fred Weston
  • Phil Ashworth
  • Denis Carter
  • Steve Forward
  • GWF Ellis(Bodmin)
  • LISom Office
  • John Davies
  • Major WH White DL
  • Peter J Bush OBE
  • Annegret Burford
  • Brian Cooke
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SCLI in Osnabruck - 1959
Whats New in the Osnabruck Section

This is now the index page for Osnabruck. The galleries have their own pages, however there is still interesting material here before you go to the galleries.

Profile of RSM Jan Passmore MBE - 5/10/05

SCLI in Osnabruck - 1959
Arrival

The first posting for the newly amalgamated regiments of Somerset Light Infantry and Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry was Mercer Barracks Osnabruck BFPO 36 in Western Germany. The first Commanding Officer of the new regiment was, Lt. Col. W.R. Lawson MBE (October 1959 - April 1960) who was followed by, Lt.Col. W. Hine-Haycock (April 1960 - September 1962).

The Farewell Parade at Knook Camp took place on Sat. Sept. 12th 1959, the SLI then immediately travelling to Mercer Barracks Osnabruck to join up with the DCLI who were already stationed there.

The two Light Infantry regiments had not only to intergrate but had to regularly undertake exercises/schemes as part of 12th Infantry Brigade. These were among Achmer, Sennelager, Putlos and Soltau, places that will ring a bell with any serviceman of BAOR.

SCLI in Osnabruck - 1959
Gallery of Images from Osnabruck by Ray Hall, P.Ashworth, Tony Hood, Reg Horn & John Pover, GWF Ellis, LISom Office and Peter Bush OBE.

Col GTG Williams parades his troops out of the gate at the depot Bodmin for the last time, 16 March 1962

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Lt Col DNH Tyacke , Capt RI Field MC, and RSM J Passmore leading the final parade of the DCLI Osnabruck 5th October 1959

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1st Bn. SCLI A Coy at Osnabruck. Photo taken on the grass in front of company office a week or so after amalgamation.

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Highly trained at Sennelager (John Pover)
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RHQ Mercer Bks. (Ashworth)
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First recruit to join the SCLI, welcomed by Major "Toots" Williams with RSM Harold Royfe in the background. (G.W.F.Ellis Bodmin)
Issue of new Cap Badges by the C/O (GWF Ellis Bodmin)
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Bandmaster WO1 Peter Parkes LRAM,ARCM, psm. - on parade at Osnabruck. (LISom office)
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Major General Peter J. Bush OBE he was CO B Co in Osnabruck (Peter Bush)
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Out on Exercise probably Achmer(Tony Hood)
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Signal Platoon again (they loved having picture taken)(P.Ashworth)
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SCLI Band & Bugles Osnabruck(P.Ashworth)
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Unknown(P.Ashworth)
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These men failed to make into the 'Dirty Dozen'
C Co. Osnabruck, L to R, ?, Ferber, ? Dave Pruett.
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Tony Hood and Michael  Conway (Tony Hood
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L to R Dave Williams, Reg Horn, Pete Slade (Reg Horn)
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Men will be boys !(P.Ashworth)
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Lieut. Fyfe first across the line as usual (see note 1)(P.Ashworth)
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Unknown(P.Ashworth)
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(P.Ashworth)
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Press Cutting
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Three pictures above - SCLI arriving Trinity Pier Plymouth 1961
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L/Cpl Bowen, Eric Dursley, L.A. Bennet and P.G. Sims
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Pics of another great character Cpl Harry Wright Som LI - SCLI

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1939-45 Star, 2. Africa Star, 3. Burma Star. 4. Defence Medal. 5. Victory Medal.
So he was in at the very beginning of WW2 ,and was still in at the end. Harry was very proud of the Somersets.

Cpl Benny Hill - Osnabruck 1959 (Dick Wignall

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Note 1: The Saturday morning cross country run was compulsory for every man under 40yrs of age, Lieut. A Fyfe was leader of an elite group of runners that the rest of the battalion could not compete with, all you saw of them was them flashing by. Once this was over on Saturdays you had if you were not down for duty, a free weekend.

SCLI in Osnabruck
End of Tour

When the tour of duty ended at Osnabruck the battalion was moved to Seaton Barracks Plymouth for regrouping. We travelled to The Hook by military train and embarked on Troopship Empire Parkstone for a very rough trip down the English Channel and along the south coast to Plymouth. We berthed at Trinity Pier on Tuesday 13th of June 1961.

HMT. Empire Parkeston
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Major T Meredith QM. leaving Osnabruck with Cpl Paddick
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Reunion Parade Seaton Barracks Plymouth 8/7/61(LISomoffice)
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Watermanship at Weymouth Dorset, Sgt O'Reilly on the right.(Dave Symes)
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Watermanship at Weymouth Dorset (Dave Symes).
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Pte George Bolton on Border Patrol on the West /East German Border - 1. 1939-45 Star. 2. France and Germany Star. 3. Defence Medal. 4. Victory Medal, so he must have been in D.C.L.I. prior to 1939.(September) when WW2 broke out, and was in when it ended. George was a Duke of Cornwall's inside and out.
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Images above: Brian Aldridge, Dave Symes, Tyrrel Francis & LI SomOffice.

Homecoming to Plymouth

After sorting ourselves out at Seaton Barracks, (Yes the Spiders were still there in 1961, they were built in 1914) we were sent on leave and prepared for our move to Gibraltar in the August.

SEATON BARRACKS

Seaton Barracks, on the eastern side of the Tavistock Road at Crownhill was originally a hutted camp built circa 1914. It was rebuilt between the First and Second World Wars.

It was named in honour of Sir John Colborne (1778-1863), who in 1839 moved into Lyneham House, Plympton, and chose the name Lord Seaton because he intended to buy a house near Seaton in east Devon. His statue was moved here from Mount Wise circa 1939.

The Barracks was rebuilt again circa 1964.

SCLI in Osnabruck
RSM Jan Passmore MBE

Passmore, William John (Jan), Captain (QM), MBE

DCLI - enlisted shortly after end of WW2 - . Joined 1 DCLI from the Infantry Training Centre as a Corporal. - Served with 1 DCLI in Cyprus, promoted Sgt. - Went onto serve in British and Italian Somaliland, promoted Sgt. Major. - Posted to 1 KSLI.

Served with 1KSLI in Korea and returned to 1 DCLI in the West Indies, promoted to RSM.

RSM of 1 DCLI in Osnabruck and first RSM of 1 SCLI Osnabruck and Plymouth.

Commissioned as Quartermaster, 1st April 1961, posted to 8DLI (TA), appointed MBE. Promoted Captain (QM), 18th March 1965, retired 29th May 1970, died 10th Feb 2000 after a long illness.

(These details supplied by Major W.H. White DL of LICornwall Office)

 
 

There will be more information on this page later about the regiments activities in Osnabruck as archive reports are checked at Taunton. Brigadier Fyfe and Col. Eliot have helped with this. This pages contents has been collated with the great help of Dave Pruett, Phil Ashworth, Fred Weston, Tony Hood and Reg Horn and is based on memory, any discrepancies are due to the passage of time and its affects on us all.

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