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Anyone found a military picture of themselves on tintenet?

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
#1
I wanted to check the tour dates of 42 Royal Marines Commandos' tour of Belfast 1976 for me book, so I went googling for a timeline.

Google threw up several pages. Curiously, one page also threw up Worthy Down. Since I'd later transferred to RAPC and left the army from Worthy Down (I still live in the area), I went off topic and followed the link:

http://www.rapc.co.uk/gallery/worthydown/worthydown.htm

Having scrolled down through the text, I found pictures. The one at top right, even in thumbnail looked familiar. It shows the then Adjutant General inspecting the honour guard at the opening of his new Computer Centre at Worthy Down about 1988.

There were four medals among the six senior NCOs in the honour guard - I am shown wearing two of them.

So go on, who else has stumbled across his much younger self on the web unexpectedly? We'll need to see the evidence of course, especially if, as a friend asked me, "Was it in your porn film days then?"
 
#2
AlienFTM said:
I wanted to check the tour dates of 42 Royal Marines Commandos' tour of Belfast 1976 for me book, so I went googling for a timeline.

Google threw up several pages. Curiously, one page also threw up Worthy Down. Since I'd later transferred to RAPC and left the army from Worthy Down (I still live in the area), I went off topic and followed the link:

http://www.rapc.co.uk/gallery/worthydown/worthydown.htm

Having scrolled down through the text, I found pictures. The one at top right, even in thumbnail looked familiar. It shows the then Adjutant General inspecting the honour guard at the opening of his new Computer Centre at Worthy Down about 1988.

There were four medals among the six senior NCOs in the honour guard - I am shown wearing two of them.

So go on, who else has stumbled across his much younger self on the web unexpectedly? We'll need to see the evidence of course, especially if, as a friend asked me, "Was it in your porn film days then?"
Those were the days when even one medal on a Lancejack's chest was enough to upset many a senior rank with a bare chest! Funny thing is that some of the younger lads today have even more medals on their chest than I have. How has that happened? :D

Litotes
 
#4
Found a bloody huge picture of me in Combat and Cervical, spread over two pages, of me doing the FOLLOW ME bit during FIBUA.

Also, handsome beast that I am, I was the face in an ad for the TA many years ago in the Radio Times.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
#8
Litotes said:
Those were the days when even one medal on a Lancejack's chest was enough to upset many a senior rank with a bare chest! Funny thing is that some of the younger lads today have even more medals on their chest than I have. How has that happened? :D

Litotes
1. We did a tour of Omagh closely followed by a tour of UNFICYP so that within 10 months of joining the regiment I had two inches of glory on my chest. There were a number of guys who were deemed too young to go to NI, but four months later they could go to Nicosia. Our SQMS had missed out on the NI tour for some reason and on our return, he inspected us all in Number 2s. The guy stood next to me was one of the latter guys. Eskimo Ness stopped in frnot of him and exploded, "Feck me, Tpr Butler! They giving away UN medals by the slack handful now or what?" I could not believe the vitriol in his voice.

2. We did our job to the best of our ability, as it says on the back of the UN medal "In The Service Of Peace" and kept 3 Shock Army from crossing the IGB. Once Maggie got Old Labout out of power, we also had a government who cared. Nowadays, sadly, we have a government who seem not to want to have an army, and if we do have to have an army, they must do what they are paid to do and fight wars, so we'll start them and let the Toms pick up the pieces.

I don't begrudge young lads their medals at all if they have all earned them (I watch the news), but is it our fault that most of our generation didn't have a shooting war to fight? Like I said, maybe it is because we also did our job to the best of our ability. Not our fault our government didn't make war.

I actually understand why a Cold War Medal would be a good idea, but I don't intend going out to buy one just to prove I was there.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#10
No apart from this one and my blog, however the mother in law claims to have seen me on the TV in Belfast in 83! I think the footage was post incident and even I saw some of it. It was used in one of the anniversary of the troubles documentaries back in 89!
 
#11
I could be seen for some years on a Join the Cake video, wearing my big orange "marigolds", marshalling Pumas for a battery air move. I also found a pic on a 7RHA site sometime back of me falling in an ungainly way (door-bundle styley) out of an airy-plane. The recruitment value of that image I can only conjecture at, as I look like a heap of poo!

Finally I was one of several GVA officers who adorned the brochure for the WIFT. It was quite fun because you had to ID everyone from a rear view of their heads - or in one case from his extremely non-standard Jersey HW!
 
#13
AlienFTM said:
2. We did our job to the best of our ability,............Once Maggie got Old Labout out of power, we also had a government who cared. Nowadays, sadly, we have a government who seem not to want to have an army, and if we do have to have an army, they must do what they are paid to do and fight wars, so we'll start them and let the Toms pick up the pieces.
The salient difference was that many members of the/a government of that era had served in a/the war. Carrington, Whitelaw, Neave, Healey, Heath, Callaghan, etc, etc.. Now, few ministers have served anything other than their own interests. And my, hasn't foreign policy changed? How soon they forget.

And in answer to the original question, no, not a one.
 
#16
datumhead said:
...no "balcony" shots yet.....


:D
I'm fifth on the left, at the head of the three hundred man queue...

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Edited to add: Picture produced copyright 49 PARA PRI and Specal Pedalo Service PRI
 

the_boy_syrup

LE
Book Reviewer
#17
Cuddles said:
datumhead said:
...no "balcony" shots yet.....


:D
I'm fifth on the left, at the head of the three hundred man queue...

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Fifth on the left - pah a mere bystander
I don't like to say for Opsec reasons who I am but I was there for three weeks before everyone else even the terrorists
My disguise as a window frame was paying dividends until 2nd from the front blew me up :D
 

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