St Kilda

#1
I was browsing through island places to go this year and remembered that we had a detachment on St Kilda.
I phoned them once from the Guardroom at Brompton when on a Xmas guard in the 80’s

I know there was /is a Goonar range up there but what did our Sappers do ?
The Heebrides website is abit scarce on info
I never met any one who was posted to the island, are they still there.
 
#2
sparkies used to get a 6 month detachment there followed by a posting of their choice as far as i remember never got there personally but knew a couple of lads that did & they said it was not that bad.
 
#3
MacSapper said:
I was browsing through island places to go this year and remembered that we had a detachment on St Kilda.
I phoned them once from the Guardroom at Brompton when on a Xmas guard in the 80’s

I know there was /is a Goonar range up there but what did our Sappers do ?
The Heebrides website is abit scarce on info
I never met any one who was posted to the island, are they still there.
Anyone ever posted up there most probably are 'still' there :wink:
 
#4
I was told there were a few empty stella barrels and 10 wooden crosses with "Tin" helmets on them!!!

He looks happy, after a good nights sleep under the tie down roof :lol:



Choice Posting


Rough old job picking up them empty cases.
 
#5
I just found this pic of some of the Detachment adding some Soay sheep to their dating agency list.
Strange job for a sparky, I thought they were into puffins up there :roll:

 
#6
#7
The St Kilda thing is still bothering me :(

Am I right in thinking that the detachment of say 8 bods were all Sparkies :)

So If they had a couple of Gennies and a field lighting kit to look after then what did the other 7 do all the time :?

Someone must know :?:
 
#9
Cheers Spoons,

So the Sparkies were only there to do the sheep then :roll:

Mac
 
#10
any port in a storm fella!!! step up from some of the birds at the "stomp"
 
#11
A bloke I knew from 16 Fd Sqn loved it so much he spent two tours there. They had a club called the KGB (Kilda Generating Board). After his two tours he left the army. Don't know where he is now ?????.......??????
 
#12
I know of quite a few Sparkies and plumbers that did some time up there, they all loved it as a posting despite being over seen by the Gunners, about three of these blokes did 2 tours and then generally got what ever they wanted for their next posting.
 
#13
MacSapper said:
The St Kilda thing is still bothering me :(

Am I right in thinking that the detachment of say 8 bods were all Sparkies :)

So If they had a couple of Gennies and a field lighting kit to look after then what did the other 7 do all the time :?

Someone must know :?:
The normal tour was for 6 month's,

Complement of 2 Fitters, 2 sparkys, 1 chippy, 1 plumber and a Clerk of jerks.

Site was run by the drop shorts as it was a radar base at the end of their missile range.

Massive generators to run the radars up the top of a fecking big hill\mountain.

Both the drop shorts BSM's that were there during my tour (87) were both bell ends.
 
#14
Hey Macsapper,
I was the Dave the Boat during the winter of 1977/8. We had about 21 of us on the island. Sappers (who ran the power, and owned the chippie), Fred the Para (we never did find out why he was there), the Sig, REME, Cookie, couple of Pioneers (oos nicked me shovel), the Doc and me (RCT Boats) stayed the whole winter whilst the RA wimps would get choppered back to Benbec every few weeks.
I couldn't launch a boat very often (Gemini) so ran the Pub. Best winter I ever had.
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#16
Commenting on a thread after a gap three years since the last post - must be a record!!
 
#17
Fk me, it is a long time since I started this thread.

I started a new job this week in London and bumped into an Auld Sapper on the work site and he was a Chippy on St Kilda.
He hasn't given me the full details of it yet but I'll post them as our covert debrief continues. :D
 
#18
Hi
I was on ST kilda from 84 85 did 2 tours back to back as the plant op on the island. The RE det was a clerk of works 1 plumber 1 sparkie 1 chippie & 2 Fitters who ran the Power station. I was a member of the KGB (Kilda generating board) and we all had brass discs if you were disc flashed and didnt have it on you it cost a round in the det bar The puffin. The dropshort BSM who ran the det wasnt such a bad bloke just his misfortune to be wearin the wrong cap badge and oh yes dont forget the lanyard lol.
I had a fantastic time there never a dull moment the only regret is i asked for a posting afterwards to 40 AESG willich germany it was rubbish there.
All summer the diving boats came into the bay which meant females in Det bar at night mmmmmm!
Remeber many a time in the bar till i woke up lying outside and one of the soay sheep munching on my wooley pulley
No haircuts unless it was your turn for the chopper ride to benbecula only to be caught by the Sgt Maj in benbecula.
All the corridor parties or the fitter who goes to bed with his ear defenders on and didnt hear his alarm only to wake in darkness because the power station had one down lol.
Oh and lets not forget the RCT so called boat op who totaly wrecked the gemini we had i was in the gemini with him and told him to follow a wave in to the beach and to remember to cut the johnson 40 the dick cut the engine too soon and all of a sudden a quick case of hawaii 5 0 gemini was flipped over in the surf arse end first and the 3 of us went for an early bath lol
We had a great time there KGB dinner nights lots of booze and great senses of humour.
I reckon the OC and BSM werent amused when we stumbled upon the foam fire ext refills lol their mess toilet was nver the same lol.
 
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