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6 October 1959 - 10 July 1968
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SCLI Memoir by - Tony (Nobby) Clark - SCLI
I was called up for National Service in January 1959 and sent to the Somerset Light Infantry Depot at Jellalabad Barracks Taunton. Having lived in Taunton all my life, and within sight of Jellalabad Barracks, I didn't have far to go
Jellalabad Barracks Mount St. Taunton (Dave Pruett)
RSM A .V. Worster met the intake at the gate and marched us straight to the Barber Shop. We then formed up into Sale Platoon Commanded by Lt.Olie Reynolds and Sgt Chantry, we completed basic training in March 59 and joined the Ist Battalion the Somerset Light Infantry in Warminster - at the time Demonstration Battalion to the School of Infantry.
I was posted to A Coy under LCpl Ray Bates, Cpl Clobber Cleaves, Sgt Nobby Farley, Clr Sgt Kendricks, CSM Barker, Major Gouch , and the CO at the time was Lt Col Lawson. I took part in the farewell parade of the Somerset Light Infantry when the Colours were marched off parade for the last time to the tune ' Old Lang Syne '. One of the saddest days of my military career.
Somerset Light Infantry Contingent on Warminster Station heading Osnabruck BFPO 36 for Amalgamation. - (Evening World)
It was with then onto Battalion in Osnabruck BFPO 36 to link up with the Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry in preparation for the amalgamation with the Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry, to me the ' Happy Regiment.'
Leaving Knook camp, Vic Higgins in the front, Keith
Reakes, Bob Gaylard,