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SCLI in Tobruk

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  • Fred Weston
  • Tom McHale
  • Johnny Welsh
  • Tom McHale
  • Peter Dallard
  • Alan Wheeler
  • Dave Symes
  • Graham Lloyd

Were you in the SCLI ? Please send in your Stories and Pictures.

SCLI in Tobruk
What's new in the Tobruk section.

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

During the battalions posting to Gibraltar as the resident infantry battalion it was its responsibility to provide a company strength contingent to garrison RAF El Adem at Tobruk. This was to provide security plus other duties. Details of life at RAF El Adem will be provided soon by men who went on that duty.

Salute - To The Soldiers of the Sand (Bath & Wilts Evening Echo - March 26th 1962)

Bath and Wilts troops of the SCLI are on exercise in the desert of Tobruk, where they are up against a natural enemy.... a 50mph gale of hot air known as the "Ghibli".

"Ghibli, Jebel or Khamsin, call it what you like, its a pretty bloomin nuisance". Thats the Somerset and Cornwall Light Infantry view of the sand-laden gale that has disrupted life as nothing else could, except perhaps a boatload of girls, in the last few days here in the RAF station of Tobruk.

The particular Bath born Private who forcibly expressed this opinion had just finished a two day exercise, including a night in the trenches, practising sitting still. The gale greeted them as they sloshed optimistically from their Z landing craft, covered the retreat of their "Exercise Tango", opponents- the RAF Regiment- with visibility down to 30 or 40 yards, and when they gave up the chase, hurled sand in their faces and mess tins and they delved into those scanty but welcome 24hour ration packs.

Newspaper cutting supplied by Peter Dallard

If you have memories of that posting please do write in as all material is welcomed.

Tobruk detachment inspection, CSM Ron Delap far right.(Alan Wheeler)
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1962 B Coy Map reading exercise (Alan Wheeler)
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C Company Tobruk (Fred Weston)
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Pete Dallard in his 3 Tonner (Pete Dallard)
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RAF El Adem Main Gate
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Fred (Mr Universe) Weston Tobruk 1962
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Lt. Ramsay & Falcon Tobruk
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No 2 Section Tobruk
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Sentry duty (Tom McHale)
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AW  Resting (Alan Wheeler)
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Gordon Crisp Bugles (Alan Wheeler)
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Mortar Pl. with B Coy (Alan Wheeler)
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L to R, Graham (Fuzz) Lloyd, Lil Dixon, other ??(G. Lloyd)
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L to R NK, Simpson, Martin, Aberdeen, Clark, Lloyd. (Brian Martin)
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L to R - Ptes Martin, Simpson, Webber, Paradise, Jewell, Truscott, Howell. Front Ptes Clark and Lloyd.
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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.

 

 



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