Regimental Baths

#1
I just wondered whether the regi bath still happens. You remember bass broom scrubbing brush and Ajax. This only ever occured in extreme cases when some unclean person persistantly let the troop down because he was gungy. I suppose in these political correct days it wouldnt occur. would it ?
 
#2
Last time I was aware of one was mid 90's...
 
#5
Bossdog said:
Last time I was aware of one was mid 90's...
But youve started washing yourself after it eh Boss :D

I wonder if bumper races and drying room visits are still happening :wink:
 
#7
Are there still mobile bath units?We went to a couple of them in early sixties.I thought they were something out of a 'Carry On' film,but with a fresh dhobi bundle they were very welcome after a couple of weeks kipping on back decks etc.Sobering sight afterwards seeing a tsunami of sludge,long johns,string vests etc.being washed downstream exterminating all wild life in the vicinity for years to come.
 
#8
Still alive in 1988
 
#9
minister_doh_nut said:
Still alive in 1988
Oh yes..... honest guv I tried to stop them brooming the grotty Air Tech to be :D
 
#11
Pox_Dr said:
I observed a court marshall for one in 1999.

3 discharged following 28 days Colchester
When did MDN leave the Army, just remembered it was 1997, sorry wrong guy :wink:
 
#12
Smokey we could be thinking if the same event I joined JLR Bovy feb 68. Bsqn. We had a particularly gungy chap surname began with F ended in N he got seriously bathed inc aftershave on the nether regions. He did look after himself after that so the system worked cruel as it may seem now. He is probably a very decent chap now or he may have been scarred for life!!! :) Having said that I think they were quite common during boy service in those days and certainly common in public and boarding schools.....
 
#13
Happened in '69 too - a lad called Clapham in my troop (C1) who was also overweight and useless at everything he tried to do. He didn't make it past the 3rd term (probably became a politician then.... 8O )
 
#14
We had one in '85, ex army cadet, thought he knew everything and was as hard as nails(hahahaha), took him on the ranges, had to tab back, couldn't do it. Reggie bath was administered when it was found out in week 4, that although he had gone into the ablutions, no one had actually seen him wash, 2 days later,PVRd. Platoon screws knew about it and said nothing.
 
#15
They were going on at JLR in 85/86 for mingers. The case I remember was pretty bad. Although a nice bloke, he was truly minging. Made his room help clean his kit and wash down his locker - we had a big room inspection the next morning and they ahd known he was minging for ages and hadnt sorted it out. before I knew it he was in a regi bath - hadnt even heard of it until then.

It's pretty horrible. In a bath full of god knows what and then a hard broom or two used to scrub.

Put a stop to it as soon as I cottoned on. Last laugh was on the blokes who came up with the idea. It was the bath at their end so they had to clean it...!

The bloke turned out pretty well but I don't think the bath helped.
 
#16
I remember one gungey bloke in 79 who was made to march round the Depot all day by Squad Sgt, with his rolled down kitbag containing several days' worth of truly humming socks & skidmarked grollies inverted on his head. I think he got the message after that.
Anybody remember changing parades?
 
#17
brownhat said:
Are there still mobile bath units?We went to a couple of them in early sixties.I thought they were something out of a 'Carry On' film,but with a fresh dhobi bundle they were very welcome after a couple of weeks kipping on back decks etc.Sobering sight afterwards seeing a tsunami of sludge,long johns,string vests etc.being washed downstream exterminating all wild life in the vicinity for years to come.
Remember using mobile bath units in BAOR 79-81. Why did they wait until you'd just got yourself covered in soap to turn the water off? Because they could, I suppose.
 
#18
I remember them being used by certain groups against those who didn't fit in at RACTR Catterick in the 70s. As a recruit at the time wasn't much I could do but I remembered those who were involved in case they ever crossed my path again.

Edited to add..

As a hint to when, the band of the regiment doing the job of RACTR had recently done a bit of stuff with Paul McCartney
 
#19
Ah the mobile bath unit of legend. The only time the design of the washing and shaving holdall made sense. Firing the unit up was like starting the Titantic. About 24 hours to get a good head of steam was needed ? Only ever encountered one once but very welcome all round.
 
#20
:D You chaps that are refering to Mobile Bath Units are a bit off track. The referance to Regimental Bath refers to a Gungy unclean person being forcibly escorted by a number of his fellow troopers to a suitably prepared bath. Usually containg all sorts of caustic cleaning products and being scrubbed down with scrubbing brushes and bass brooms. This usually resulted in some distress and in one case I remember near suicide and a chap buying himself out.But they were at least clean by that time..... My referances to these acts is in no way expressing support for those who carried them out.
 
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