Catterick Commandos

#1
Hello guys just found this forum the other day and have spent hours already on the JLR site rekindling long lost memories. Forgive me if this has been covered before but if us ex Junior Bleeders can get such a good thread going I am sure all you 'commandos' out there can do so to. Ex Scots DG so was RAC Trg Regt 76-79 although I wasn't involved in recruit training, J/NCO on the Tank Park, did make some good friends with the PS. Come on there must be someone who remembers the notorious Scots DG (then S/Sgt) twins, RJ & JJ (hint Jimmy's name was the same as his surname)? The very mould for your stereotypical recruit trainer. They were scary in the Regt. never mind what recruits must have thought of them but as always when you got a bit older and got to know them they were top blokes. JJ was my SSM when I got to Sgt and a better mentor and confidant you could never find. Over to the 'Catterick Commandos'.........
 
#2
Ist Troop A Sqn, 75. RJ was my Tp Sgt and a right bugger he was too.
Glad when he got booted upwards! :p
Was in Catterick 76-77 and enjoyed the confusion on the Nigs faces when JJ and RJ were on the rampage! If I remember they used to drive the same model Renault, same colour and I think the numbers were similar too!
******* right wind up sometimes.
Good days, happy nights! :lol:
 
#4
Was a 'Catterick Commando' in 85. QOH were RAC Trg Regt, how I loved saluting/eyes right that fcuking brass dinner plate hung at the guard room everytime I passed it! Loved seeing their Tprs in 'officers shirts from the PRI'. Seem to recall a roaming fire picket getting knocked out by a flying bed block that was pinned together and chucked out the top floor of a block.

And the Scopion Club, fantastic shoitehole that it was!
 
#6
Airfix said:
Was a 'Catterick Commando' in 85. QOH were RAC Trg Regt, how I loved saluting/eyes right that fcuking brass dinner plate hung at the guard room everytime I passed it! Loved seeing their Tprs in 'officers shirts from the PRI'. Seem to recall a roaming fire picket getting knocked out by a flying bed block that was pinned together and chucked out the top floor of a block.

And the Scopion Club, fantastic shoitehole that it was!
The Scorpion is now an Aldi!
 
#10
BarceBandit said:
But is the 'CyneGym' still there??Up in Waitwith Lines? and Sandys Soldiers Home in Camp Centre?
Catterick has changed a lot in the last few years, if you were to drive into the garrison from the race course you probably wouldn't recognise very much, loadsa new build. Camp centre is roughly the same layout but also lots of new build and conversion of old buildings. There's a huge Tesco in the middle of the garrison plus loads of other stores, gone are the days when there was only the naafi, skc tv shop, the greasy spoon, the barbers and Lloyds (£5.00 on your id card at the end of the month) bank.
But there are still plenty of boozers in Richmond market square and the relay races around it still take place!
 
#11
I am talking 1945, there was a shop in camp Centre that sold badges and buttons, most any regiment you wanted for great coat buttons. I still have the small RAC brooch that I bought for my Mother. Also there was a german 88mm in Waitwith lines, a Red Shield Club, a YMCA in Richmond and a jewelers shop on the corner in Richmond that had a 'rolling ball' clock in the window, a ball rolled up and down a sloping brass plate, on my last enquiry it had gone to a Museum. A pub with 'Blue' in it's name. I did last visit in June 2000 for a Bays,KDG, QDG reunion.
 
#12
busted_CAT_79 said:
Airfix said:
Was a 'Catterick Commando' in 85. QOH were RAC Trg Regt, how I loved saluting/eyes right that fcuking brass dinner plate hung at the guard room everytime I passed it! Loved seeing their Tprs in 'officers shirts from the PRI'. Seem to recall a roaming fire picket getting knocked out by a flying bed block that was pinned together and chucked out the top floor of a block.

And the Scopion Club, fantastic shoitehole that it was!
The Scorpion is now an Aldi!
That's progress for you - I wonder how many of today's checkout girls were concieved in the old clubs bogs :D
 
#13
Airfix said:
busted_CAT_79 said:
Airfix said:
Was a 'Catterick Commando' in 85. QOH were RAC Trg Regt, how I loved saluting/eyes right that fcuking brass dinner plate hung at the guard room everytime I passed it! Loved seeing their Tprs in 'officers shirts from the PRI'. Seem to recall a roaming fire picket getting knocked out by a flying bed block that was pinned together and chucked out the top floor of a block.

And the Scopion Club, fantastic shoitehole that it was!
The Scorpion is now an Aldi!
That's progress for you - I wonder how many of today's checkout girls were concieved in the old clubs bogs :D
... dunno what you mean :wink: when we were stationed at Cambrai as the RACTR in 81-83 we always used to stop off at the Colburn Lodge for the pre-dance fight enroute to the Scorpion :threaten:
 
#14
I drove through the garrison recently (for old times sake) on the way back from Northumbria and the change was noticable ; wire fences that made all the camps look like cat C prisons. I was going to take a short cut up the snake but found it closed off - CCTV everwhere as well. The biggest surprise was no RACTR! - and yes I remember Scots DG as RACTR and those barking mad twins!!
 
#15
trackbasher said:
I drove through the garrison recently (for old times sake) on the way back from Northumbria and the change was noticable ; wire fences that made all the camps look like cat C prisons. I was going to take a short cut up the snake but found it closed off - CCTV everwhere as well. The biggest surprise was no RACTR! - and yes I remember Scots DG as RACTR and those barking mad twins!!
unfortunately the CCTV is needed not only because of possible terrorism but also because there are now a couple of night clubs in the garrison, hence the reason the Walkerville (Scorpion) is now an Aldi! There are quite a few 'disturbances' especially at weekends and the OB are quite busy.
 
#16
busted_CAT_79 said:
We did RACTR Cambrai Barracks, 81-83, I was in the Skill at Arms Wing with a couple of other full screws and a Sgt. Due to a slow down in recruiting I spent most of my time in the Turf Hotel, Richmond, very happy dayz!!!
I had a wee eight month break for a tour of the rum shacks of Belize. Still suffering from Belekin and Green stripe poisoning!
Busted, Belize that opens another memory bank. Charger was the preferred tipple along with rum & (carnation) milk back in Mar - Sep 77 only managed 6 months for the first three we did nothing but sunbathe then the Guatemalans had an election and one party promised that if they were elected they would invade Belize and return it from the imperial Brits to the republican Guats things got serious for a bit San Ignacio was evacuated we recced positions on the border and set up a forward waiting post in Plassey Camp. First Harriers arrived our Tp Ldr even gave us the old churchillian lecture slightly adapted to remind us this wasn't our home land we were going to defend. Didn't need to worry we were only there for the sun and beer a la Club 18/30. Needless to say in typical politician fashion after they got elected they whelched on their promise and everything got back to normal. Everything except sending the Harriers back to Blighty with nothing better to do the Fly boys buzzed Holdfast Camp for the rest of the tour every morning at about 06.30 they flew so f**king low they had to bank to miss the water tower :x
Other memories: Stims, monsoon ditches, nissan huts that heated up like a tin of sausage and beans in a BV, fresh orange juice, gorqeous coffee coloured girls, until you saw their Mitchelin X tread feet!!!, fresh orange juice, swing fog just when you were having a dump, long week ends on San Pedro, avoiding trips along that excuse for a main highway to Airport Camp and best of all we convinced the CSM of the PBI Company (1st Queens) that a CVR (T) could not be driven at less than 25 miles an hour hence we could hammer around the camp flicking stones and gravel into the monsoon ditches his pet hate and the PBI spent all day picking them up. Happy days. Any more memories of Sunny Belize?
 
#18
One of the J brothers was on TV years back on Record Breakers or some other program like that as the most badged soldier. God knows how many regiments he had served with.
The other appeared on cant cook, wont cook.
I remember the day I got back to Senny from leave to learn I had got made up to lance jack. One of them shouted me across the VPO to ask if I had charged anyone yet. I had only been back five minutes!
 
#19
Catterick - 4 RTR 1974, remember the NAAFI < Harewood club>pubs in Richmond, Northallerton etc. VPO, tank park guards and general piss ups we went from there to Munster.
Good days dare say I would n't recognize the old barracks now but would love to visit one day
 
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