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RIP Chodmeister

walrusboy

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That genuinely looks like a happy a Squadron.
That's a very accurate observation Kroenit44.

Many people extended for an extra year, as it was such a good place to be. I'm not just saying it because of the sad news about John, but through his big character he was able to create a superb spirit in the Sqn. I can't really pinpoint what he specifically did to make it so, other than his raw enthusiasm and the feeling of privilege he felt at being a SSM. It seems just a step on the ladder these days, but seeing him as a SSM, it felt like he saw it as the pinnacle of his career. I remember when he was first appointed he had the seniors form up the entire Sqn in the lines and his first booming words were "the King is dead. Long live the King." Not is a self-important "look at me" way, but in a light-hearted way which suggested the next two years was going to be a hoot. And it was.
 
That's a very accurate observation Kroenit44.

Many people extended for an extra year, as it was such a good place to be. I'm not just saying it because of the sad news about John, but through his big character he was able to create a superb spirit in the Sqn. I can't really pinpoint what he specifically did to make it so, other than his raw enthusiasm and the feeling of privilege he felt at being a SSM. It seems just a step on the ladder these days, but seeing him as a SSM, it felt like he saw it as the pinnacle of his career. I remember when he was first appointed he had the seniors form up the entire Sqn in the lines and his first booming words were "the King is dead. Long live the King." Not is a self-important "look at me" way, but in a light-hearted way which suggested the next two years was going to be a hoot. And it was.
Possibly because you had more people to choose from? I also don't think there's the time in the day for SSMs to have the impact they used to. It's awesome that this man is remembered with such fondness.
 

still staggin

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Yes fondly remembered, a man without a big ego who behaved like a normal human being and treated the blokes like people too.
We were a happy sqn as we were rent a det and didn't get involved in the usual shite the commcen sqns got fitted up with.
Remember a lot of the names in that pic, used to see a few at the Army Navy in later years.
Thanks for posting wb.
 
RIP fellow arrser
 
Apologies for the delay in uploading John's SSM 4 Sqn, 22 Sig Regt photo. Taken around 1986 / 1987; probably between 1 October to 30 April as it was woolly pully order.

Thanks to the mods for guidance.
Whats with the officer in the front row with wings wearing puttees? At one time everyone whinged about them and were desperate to get high leg combat boots.

It seems really strange seeing all white males, with the token black guy. Probably all hetro as well. Carter and the political correctness czars would have kittens if they saw it.

John looks like a good bloke and a real Character. Beret worn early seventies tanky style.

I enjoyed reading about his time in Singapore. After 50 years most of the peaple from that era are passing into history. As will the BAOR generation once the cirrhosis of the liver finaly catches up with them.

I only knew you from here John, but thank you for your stories and for making your little bit of the army a happier place. R.I.P.
 

still staggin

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I wonder if the old eastern block equvilent of arse is looking at the pic of 4 sqn and thinking thank God we never had to take these on.....
Probably not eh..
 
I wonder if the old eastern block equvilent of arse is looking at the pic of 4 sqn and thinking thank God we never had to take these on.....
Probably not eh..
I don't think there are any left. The cheap vodka and drinking the anti-freeze from all their tanks has taken them all to that 'Great Socialist Paradise' in the sky.
 
Apologies for the delay in uploading John's SSM 4 Sqn, 22 Sig Regt photo. Taken around 1986 / 1987; probably between 1 October to 30 April as it was woolly pully order.

Thanks to the mods for guidance.
That is a 'class' photograph indeed, look like a great bunch of lads. One thing about the Army, in particular the Royal Signals, when they got things right, boy did they get it right. Proud to have done my bit.

R.I.P. Squadron Sergeant Major.

No doubt sadly missed by al, that knew him.
 
Bugger.RIP Chodmeister
 

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