Any ex 269 bty RA (v) 1985-1990

#1
Hello new to the forum was a TA gunner with 269 BTY RA(V) from 1985 -1990.Any ex 269 gunners out there Now working as a civilian explosive ordnance searcher for 33ENGR REGT.
 
#2
spotter1 said:
Hello new to the forum was a TA gunner with 269 BTY RA(V) from 1985 -1990.Any ex 269 gunners out there Now working as a civilian explosive ordnance searcher for 33ENGR REGT.
269 as in Leeds?

I helped train you lot on cp stuff in 1990
 
#4
I was with 25 Bty, 19 Regt RA. When we were in Topcliffe, every weekend, for what seemed an eternity, me and another bod had to come to your place to teach cp ack drills-FACE and AFDC etc. No accom was given, except for the floor of the BSM's (I think) office :evil: . We even had the dubious honour, of attending one of your firing camp weekends up at Otterburn. We were meant to be DS, but when the CPO disappeared during a co-ord he illum mission 8O we had to step in and do it in his place. My mukker took over as bty signaller and I did CPO lol. After it was all done and dusted, he returned and asked what he had missed :evil:

The SMIG was very 'impressed' with this and I believe the CPO had a 'discussion' with the aforementioned SMIG (who I knew of old).
 
#5
lol you describe it just as i remember it DADS ARMY bet the CPO was in the percy .At least you didnt get to see our BC turn up on the ranges in his slippers,remember going to topcliffe on several occasions to use the invertron ? trainer.In fact believe the officer who took us through TA training at woolwich in 1985 was from your lot capt Boddy?.Im actually on clearance task at otterburn now clearing the UXO we left behind
 
#6
Don't remember him. But the firing camp was a right laugh.

We asked your lot what time the road party was leaving Leeds and where we was to join it. Got told everyone makes their own way up and would be accounted for up there. 8O
 
#7
that must have been after i left,the battery had just converted onto light guns from the 25lber when i went.we travelled in convoy in the back of 4 tonners or if you was a driver like me in the warmth of a landrover
 
#8
269 are now a rapier battery (beena couple of years now if i recall correctly).

I nealry joined them when i de-mobbed.
Now i have a central heated office and nothing will drag me back (well almost nothing).

Heres to the west yorkshire gunners

Ibbo
 
#9
Ibbo, was that your nickname when you were in and were you with 19 at any time?
 
#11
Recce19

It sure was mate.

I got out before 45 fld disbanded at Paderborn (sept 92, strange how some dates are never forgotten). So I never saw 19th never mind 4th.

I know several lads from my time still serving. 1 made officer another is an RSM (but hey Gerry Adams made politician). So if your with 19 and you know some lads from 52 if you find any of them who know me give em my best and tell them to loose weight the fat cnuts.

Ibbo
 
#12
ibbo said:
Recce19

It sure was mate.

I got out before 45 fld disbanded at Paderborn (sept 92, strange how some dates are never forgotten). So I never saw 19th never mind 4th.

I know several lads from my time still serving. 1 made officer another is an RSM (but hey Gerry Adams made politician). So if your with 19 and you know some lads from 52 (if they still part of 19 that is) if you find any of them who know me give em my best and tell them to loose weight the fat cnuts.

Ibbo
 
#13
ibbo said:
Recce19

It sure was mate.

I got out before 45 fld disbanded at Paderborn (sept 92, strange how some dates are never forgotten). So I never saw 19th never mind 4th.

I know several lads from my time still serving. 1 made officer another is an RSM (but hey Gerry Adams made politician). So if your with 19 and you know some lads from 52 if you find any of them who know me give em my best and tell them to loose weight the fat cnuts.

Ibbo
You must be a different 'Ibbo' :D Know what you mean about dates, I left November 94, Options for Change Phase III 8O All these years and I still remember dates, places, faces etc. Don't think I will ever forget.

Look after yourself mate. Remember we are ex-squaddies, not civvies :twisted:
 
#14
"Remember we are ex-squaddies, not civvies"

Oh my as much as I have tried I have to say your right. :)

ibbo
 
#15
I was in 269 78-80 just prior to joining 45 field.Nig to No.1 in 20 months I thought it would be that quick in the regs. Wrong.
I was on Lois Maynards gun.
 
#17
Hi, I am ex 269 OP Battery (RA) was in from 85 to 89. There were two of us who joined at the same time who used to get mistaken as each other - Handley and Horbury. I came across this thread trying to find friends who were in at the same time as me.
I was a gunner becoming a No1 after a year or so on the 25 pounders and spent many-a-time up in Otterburn - usually on the advance party, Cattrick, Salisbury plains and many others.
We did our basic signals course which was 2 weeks down at SP, a Land Rover driving training course at Topcliffe (?).
It was a great unit as its role was taken very seriously and the training was excellent.
I did several of the BAOR exercises in Germany and distinctly remember a Captain Waddle (ginger haired warie bastard) who did some time in the Falklands and who made a massive improvement to the battery in general, getting us loads of new up-to-date kit etc.
I remember how we used to have inter-battery competitions with the guys from Nottinghame and I think the other was Newcastle but we always ended up being leading gun as we were the best, fastest and most accurate.
I remeber training for the Cwmbran patrol march doing the 3 peaks at night with some jumped up lance jack called Kavanagh I think, he used to blart on about the Mountain and Arctic warefare cadre being the best unit in the world.
I don't remember many of the other Officers names and can only remeber a few of the NCO's and Lads.
There was Sgt Mack who lived on the barracks
Sgt Ward - MT Sergeant
Sgt Les ? - who came from the regs in Germany to finish off his last few years in the TA and drove a left-hand drive blue Ford Sierra.
Sgt Murphy who trained the recruits up ready for Woolwich but I have later found out he has since passed away.
I used to work in the stores a few days a week but for the life of me can't remember the Q sergeants - there were two while I were there. One I think was called Mick, tall with dark hair and a little Clark Gable tash seemed a right hard bastard. The other was a short little fat guy.
The signals sergeant was called Sandy.
The major at the time looked a little bit geeky with his thin round-rimmed spectacles and there was some other Captain who worked in the offices who was always scrapping and had his front teeth missing.
Can't remember the NBC teachers name but I think he was a sergeant and he was a skinny little runt who thought he was hard as nails.
Tommo (black lad) was a pain in the arse lance jack but he was a sound lad really, I've heard he made sergeant maybe more now as this was a while ago. Think he was from the Chappy area of Leeds.
Some of the other lads I remember were:
GNR Bonner No1 on the guns
GNR Monaghan (not sure if spelled correctly) guns and op
Sgt Twist (i think) was the sergeant on my gun, I think he was an ex Royal Green Jacket.
Sgt Dave (surname unknown) he was the sergeant on one of the other guns, he was a mechanic and had his own garage in LS12 somewhere.
Sgt Linham from the OP's from up Whitkirk somewhere.
GNR Kahn, a very small foreign chappy but very pleasant.
GNR Towey from OP's
GNR Colin Skipper
GNR Chez which was short for chezinsky or some other kind of polish name. He was a big twat about 25 stone with a size 16 shoe and always drove a 4 tonner. If they ever got stuck he used to pull them out with his bare hands.
There were two brothers from Seacroft both had porno tashes and one was hung like a donky, was always sticking it in peoples faces when camping away.
There were loads more but apart from Colin Skipper above I don't know there full names.
Would be nice to see if they are on facebook, maybe catch up and have a beer for old times sake.
 
#18
GunnerH ive sent you a private message with contact details ,i remember 99% of the names you mentioned and may have photo with you on and maybe even film footage of you on one of the guns during a live fire exercise
regards
Allan
 
#19
Slightly after my time but after I left Leeds OTC in '82, I did a year with the Bty as an OPO until '83 and became an air-defender for 20 years. Very fond memories of my year on the dole blowing-up tracts of Germany and Canada.
Some of the names and descriptions I recognise. A few more names for you: OCdt 'Bernie' Winters, Capt Pickles (I think he is the geeky Major referred to) and Capt Crowther spring to mind.
I think the long-haired general has edited my photo-album and scrap-book, but if/when it turns-up I will add some more here.
 
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