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1959-1968

Gallery by - Stephen Taylor - SCLI

Nov 13th 2005

Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry

Private to Major (QM)

by Stephen Taylor

1993/4 OC HQ Coy. Paderborne, Germany.

Foreword by Webmaster (Keith)

The picture above is of Steve Taylor taken on Remembrance Sunday Nov. 13th 2005, he took part in the Service in the town centre of Bournemouth. Steve has promised to write an article for the website, so as he sent this picture to me, I thought I'd go ahead and create his Page (He can't very well change his mind now !!)

This is his timeline:

PERSONAL RECORD Name / Init SR Taylor FISM LI

Number: 23982716 / 523730 Rank: Jnr. Private - Major

Date of Birth: 18 May 1948 Educ. Qual: EPC 1 April 1971.

EPC (A) 13 May 1975.

Town (Area of Allegiance): Christchurch (Dorset)

Date of Enlistment (Jnr Ldrs / Adult): 27 Aug 63 / 17 Dec 65

Date of Commission 25 Jul 86 - Run out Date: 1 Apr 95

EXTERNAL COURSES:

Course Date/Places Result

Regtl Sig Std 1 / RSI 1970 Warminster, Wiltshire. Passed ‘C’

Pl Sgts Course No 28 1974 Brecon, Wales. Passed ‘C’

Unit 1st Aid Instructors 1978 Aldershot, Hampshire. Passed ‘B’

Svc Fund Accountant 1978 Worthy Down, Hampshire. Passed ‘B’

Op Air Move NCO 1979 Brize Norton, Oxfordshire. Passed

RQMS 1983 Deepcut, Surrey. Passed ‘B’

MTO 1987 Leconsfield, N. Yorkshire. Passed ‘B’

Quartermaster 1989 Deepcut, Surrey. Passed

APC Comd 1990 Bordon, Hampshire. Passed

Unit Emplanement Officer 1992 Brize Norton, Oxfordshire. Passed

INTERNAL CADRES:

Course Date / Place Result

Sigs Std 2 1967 Gravesend, Kent. Passed

Dvr Grp A 1967 Gravesend, Kent. Passed

JNCO (4th). 1969 Ballykinler, Co. Down, NI. Passed

Comd APC 1970 Lemgo, West Germany. Passed

Driver HGV 1982 Tidworth, Hampshire. Passed

Personal record stating dates, stations, unit and Job specifications.

Non Commissioned Service


Date Station Unit Job Specification

Sep 63 Oswestry, Shropshire. IJLBn. Incl. 4 wks LI Depot Trg

Dec 65 Gravesend, Kent. 1 SCLI 6 Platoon B Company

Feb 66 Bardufoss, Norway. 1 SCLI 6 Platoon B Company

Apr 66 Gravesend, Kent. 1 SCLI 6 Platoon B Company

22 Apr 66 Radfan Camp, Aden. 1 SCLI 6 Platoon B Company

23 Oct 66 Gravesend, Kent. 1 SCLI 6 Platoon B Company

Jan 67 Tromso, Norway. 1 SCLI 6 Platoon B Company

Apr 67 Gravesend, Kent. 1 SCLI 6 Platoon B Company

Apr 67 Wainwright, Alberta, Canada. 1 SCLI 6 Platoon B Company

Apr 67 Gravesend, Kent. 1 SCLI Signals Platoon HQ Coy

Jun 67 Oslo, Norway. 1 SCLI Signals Platoon HQ Coy

MTO (Capt Lynas-Gray)

Aug 67 Gravesend, Kent. 1 SCLI Signal Platoon HQ Coy

Aug 67 Fleet, Hampshire. 1 SCLI Exercise Unison 67

Oct 67 Gravesend, Kent. 1 SCLI Signal Platoon HQ Coy

May 68 Oslo, Norway. 1 SCLI Signal Platoon HQ Coy

Jul 68 Gravesend, Kent. 1 SCLI Signals Platoon HQ Coy

Aug 68 Ballykinler, Co. Down, NI. 1 LI Signals Platoon Comd Coy

NCO’ Cadre

3 Aug 69 Nanuki, Kenya. 1 LI Signals Platoon Comd Coy

11 Sep 69 Ballykinler, Co. Down NI. 1 LI A Company Sig Sect Comd

16 Mar 70 Lemgo, West Germany. 1 LI A Company

Jun 70 Warminster, Wiltshire. Sch of Inf Std 1 and RSI

Oct 70 Lemgo, West Germany. 1 LI A Company

19 Mar 71 Belfast, NI. 1 LI A Company (Leopold St.)

31 Jul 71 Lemgo, West Germany. 1 LI A Company

22 Jul 72 Belfast, NI. 1 LI Tac HQ (Flax Mill)

Signals Sergeant (Cpl)

22 Nov 72 Lemgo, West Germany. 1LI Comd Company

16 Jul 73 Bessbrook Mill, Cross Maglen, 1LI Tac HQ

Newtownhamilton, Newry, S Armagh, NI. Signals Sergeant

14 Nov 73 Lemgo, West Germany. 1LI Comd Company

28 Mar 74 Colchester, Essex. 1LI A Company 3Pl Sgt

May 74 Brecon, Wales. Sch of Inf Pl Sergeants Course No 28

Jul 74 Colchester, Essex. 1LI A Company 3Pl Sgt

16 Nov 74 Belize, South America. 1LI A Company 3Pl Comd

(4th in Bn Pl Comp.)

7/19 Feb 75 Colchester, Essex. 1LI A Company 3Pl Sgt

31 Jun 75 Wainwright, Alberta, Canada 1LI A Company 3Pl Sgt

3 Aug 75 Colchester, Essex. 1LI A Company 3Pl Sgt

5 Sep 75 Portadown, Co Down, NI. 1LI A Company 3PL Sgt

7 Oct 75 Colchester, Essex. 1LI A Company 3Pl Sgt

7 Jan 76 Kowloon, Hong Kong 1LI Adv. Party Families

1/2 Sep 76 Seoul, S Korea 1LI 8th US Army Honour Guard

8/9 Nov 76 Stanley, Hong Kong 1LI Training Team

Apr 77 Stanley, Hong Kong 1LI Recce Pl Comd

Pl Sgt D Coy

Dec 77 Tidworth, Hampshire. 1LI Adv. Party Families

Jun 78 Camberley, Surrey. RMAS Selection.

31 Jul 78 Belfast, NI. 1LI D Coy Int CSgt

D Coy Pl Comd

28 Sep 78 Tidworth, Hampshire. 1LI A Coy CQMS

Mar 79 Tidworth, Hampshire. 1LI A Coy CSM

20 May 79 Wainwright, Alberta, Canada 1LI A Coy CSM

18 Jun 79 Tidworth, Hampshire. 1LI A Coy CSM

13 Nov 79 Box Factory, Nicosia,

Cyprus UN. 1LI A Coy CSM

Feb 80 Dhekalia, Cyprus 1LI A Coy CSM

29 May 80 Tidworth, Hampshire. 1LI A Coy CSM

Feb 81 Shorncliffe, Kent. IJLB CSM Corunna Company

Scottish & Light Division

19 Dec 82 Munster, West Germany. 1LI ARSO WO 11

23 Apr 83 Springfield Rd. Belfast 1LI CSM Tac HQ

19 Sep 83 Munster 1LI ARSO WO 11

Sep 83 Tidworth 3LI RQMS

9 Jul 84 Munster 1LI RSM

5 Dec 84 Weeton Camp, Blackpool. 1LI RSM

Jun 85 Knook Camp, Warminster. 1LI RSM (Tercenteenary)

Jul 85 Weeton Camp, Blackpool. 1LI RSM

2 Jul 85 Stanley, Falkland Islands. 1LI RSM

5 Nov 85 Weeton Camp, Blackpool. 1LI RSM

Feb 86 Weeton Barracks, Blackpool. 1LI RSM

14 Jun 86 Wainwright, Alberta, Canada. 1LI RSM

20 Jul 86 Weeton Bks 1LI RSM Handover 25th to

Chris Matthews

COMMISSION SERVICE

Aug 86 Omagh, NI. 3LI 2i/c B Coy Lisnaski RUC Station

Nov 86 Omagh, NI. 1LI 2i/c Sp Coy Lisnaski RUC Station

Oct 87 Omagh, NI. 1LI MTO

Jan 89 Berlin 1LI MTO

Jan 90 Paderborn, Germany. 3LI QM Tech.

Feb 92 Paderborn, Germany. 3LI Bn Fleet Manager

Jun 92 Paderborn, Germany. 3LI/2LI OC HQ Company

Dec 94 Christchurch, Dorset. Gardening Leave

Apr 95 LI RHQ, Winchester, Hampshire. Discharge

HONOURS AND AWARDS

8 December 1967 GSM 1962 South Arabia

10 April 1972 GSM 1962 Northern Ireland

8 June 1977 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal

10 May 1980 United Nations Cyprus (UNFICYP)

17 November 1980 Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

12 April 1996 Accumulated General Service Medal

Earlier in 2007 he made a visit to Gibraltar with his wife Heather, and younger brother Nicholas and his wife Annette, they took these superb pictures. Nicholas served with 1LI in 1980 – 1982 in Tidworth and Munster as the Battalion Telecommunications Technician REME and was captain of the unit hockey team..

Stephen can be seen on other pages of this website as a private soldier and as you will know rose from Private to Major, a significant achievement.

 

Gallery - Gibraltar 2007

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Gibraltar Cradle of History, Nicholas on the left.

 

Gibraltar Cradle of History, Stephen on the left
Royal Engineers Plaque
Stephen with his wife Heather and Annette (his sister in law)

 

Casemates Square
Another view of Casemates Square re-enactment of the Ceremony of the Keys

Casemates Square - re-enactment of the Ceremony of the Keys
Casemates Square - re-enactment of the Ceremony of the Keys
Re-enactment of the Ceremony of the Keys
Europa Parade Ground, you can see Bombproof House (the low grey building) SCLI HQ in 1961/3
Another view of the Parade Gound at Europa, the Mosque was not there in 1961.
The Upper Rock showing the Moorish Castle.
RAF Gibraltar, the airstrip is also Civil.
A reproduction Sentry box at Four Corners
Europa Lighthouse, looking down the Med.

Downtown Gib.
THe Waterfront
The Waterfront
Quarters at Europa

 

Looking out to Europa Point, house in foreground was Officer quarters in 61/63
Modern housing at Europa

Old married quarters at Europa
Looking towards Europa
The Rock Hotel on the right
South Barracks now a school. All SCLI were here in 61/63 except HQ Coy which were at Europa.
 
Gibraltar North Front Cemetery

The Garrison Chapel

 

Regimental Colours in the Garrison Chapel
One of several SLI graves at North Front.

Unusual view of Gib from the East
The Matador Nicholas Taylor
The Matador Stephen Taylor getting to grips with the bull.

In September 2007 Stephen and Nelson Bassett met up with Mike Rescorle at Southampton.

Copyright Text and Image: Steve Taylor

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