Used to fill the burner with air from the air-line run-off from the Bedford RL. Until the ball bearing in the ‘roof’ of the burner popped one day and a jet of pressurised petrol flew out of the top. The crappy fire extinguisher fitted to the truck (another WW2 relique ) was as much use as a chocolate fireguard. So we just had to stand there and enjoy the fireworks.
Father in Law was a dentist during (Africa, Sicily, Italy, Anzio and Monticello-Casino) WW2. When he died we found his MOD Issue dental kit stuffed in the attic. Got in touch with the Army Dental mob, who didn’t want it as they had more than enough ex-mod dentil kit in stores.in Afghanistan I had a bone saw dated '43 and on one tour a CO with a mindset from 1914.
It's the high leg motorcyclist boots I mean. Like these: https://militariaplaza.nl/british-canadian-32/british-dispatch-riders-boots-1944-detailCan’t imagine the Guards allowing them to be withdrawn from service, under any conditions. Got to make a lot of nice noice when they march/drill.
I know Lancaster Castle very well. For reasons that are too complex to go into a band I played for used to rehearse in the Crown Court in the mid/late 80s. I used to set up in the dock.....Still worth a visit though. The prison part is still there as it is used as a prison film set. I was lucky and had the tour when the court was still in operation (but was closed for the holidays). Its all very facinating.
I wasn't aware until the tour that the vast majority of the 'castle' is quite modern being built in the 1700's to imitate a 'traditional' castle with only the Norman keep being one of the original parts.
You actually access the keep on the tour through a hole which had been quarried through the wall. I'd say cut, but it was a very, very thick wall.
Did 14 days, banged up at Fally in the Guards knick back in the 70’s (evil Barstewards), however one of the nicer ones showed me how to bull boots the guards way, so when I RTU I was a shiny boy and which directly led to my first, as even the RSM commented on my boots noting that it would be nice if everybody took pride in their turnout.Too Fkin right, smash 'em down bull 'em up
Mid 80s the LMG I got to lug around had 1944 crossed out on the side. If you were in Dundee it might have been the same one.I'm sure my LMG in the late 80's had 1944 crossed out on the side. Horrible big thing, had to lug it around on exercise, but never ever got a chance to fire it.
Reminds me of the time Blue was hopping round the penthouse of the 434 with his arm on fire after a bad fail trying to light the No 7 burner. Luckily this was in the depths of winter so he was wearing a thick Parka which gave us time to put the flames out before they got to his skin. We all had a good laugh about it afterwards though.Used to fill the burner with air from the air-line run-off from the Bedford RL. Until the ball bearing in the ‘roof’ of the burner popped one day and a jet of pressurised petrol flew out of the top. The crappy fire extinguisher fitted to the truck (another WW2 relique ) was as much use as a chocolate fireguard. So we just had to stand there and enjoy the fireworks.
There's a rather tasty falchion tucked away somewhere in Durham Cathedral which is of a similar age to the Tower.Surely the oldest thing still in continuous service has to be the Tower of London?
Still a military fortress and holding place for the Crown Jewels.
Any older buildings still used for the same purpose?
Lancaster Castle maybe? Edinburgh?