Staff Sergeant Robert Oliver (Deceased)

#1
Ladies and Gents,

I am not sure why I haven't thought of this before but my uncle, Robert or Bob Oliver was in the Royal Signals sometime ago. I believe he finished life in the army as a Staff Sergeant. I know he has an NI Medal and one for Borneo. I don't know when he served though I do believe he spent some time with 21 Signals.

He left and joined the prison service but sadly died after a battle with cancer.

My Uncle raised me like his own and was the closest person I had to a father. I am not sure why I have never looked into his military career but he was a truly inspiring man from my point of view.

Did anyone know him? Serve with him?

Would anyone be willing to share a few dits about him? I have heard he was notorious for stealing compo from the stores but never got caught.
 
#2
Nice story, good luck with your search, sorry I'm not ex sigs so cant help but there are hundreds of them on here lol
 
#3
Thanks, I am going to try and get hold of his service number and have a nosey in to his career. From what I have pieced together from his Daughter he was injured in Borneo though I am not sure how.
 
#5
His wife will never forgive the army for chasing him for a pair of his reservist issue boots when he was in hospital dying so getting much out of her when it comes to the Army is difficult.

I was taught to Bull boots by him though and I was always a very well turned out army cadet at least.
 
#8
He would have been in at that point, I think he would have left Mid to late 80's I should be able to get a photo uploaded.

I am trying to think of a way to describe him, His wife was Jo if you ever met her.

I also know he spent time in Germany After 1971 because his daughter and youngest son where there so between 75-78 would fit the time line.

He had blondeish hair and was relatively tall (Though I was child so everyone was tall)

I know he worked with the Harriers at some point from pictures he used to have.
 
#9
The Bob Oliver I knew was a Sergeant in 1 Squadron at 1 Armoured Div HQ and Signal Regiment at that time, 75 onwards. I was fairly fresh out of the factory at that time and although I was in the same troop he was far above my social level. However if this is the guy I am happy to report that he was unusual as a senior rank in BAOR at that time as he was not a fat useless bastard.
He was tallish, perhaps 5'11", lightly built, had blond hair and was an easy going bloke with the guys. He was, also unusually for that time in BAOR, keen to do his best for the guys in the troop. He was very approachable, supportive and protective of his 'Boys'. If this is your Uncle you are indeed a lucky man. There is more, but he was a good one.
 
#10
The physical description sounds similar, if it is him I will soon find out if I manage to discover his service history. I will post on here.
 

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#11
Looks a little as I remember but his hair is far too long. Scruffy bugger.

Can I suggest the Royal Signals Association they may be more helpful than I have been. Best of luck.
 
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#15
Many thanks for the input and private messages. He was in 1 ADSR between 75-78 that has been confirmed. would anyone know how I could go about looking into his career away from 1 ADSR? am I even allowed to as I am not a direct dependant et..
 
#16
Headquarters 1 Armoured Division and Signal Regiment were based in Verden (Aller) in northern Germany. I was in 71 Intelligence Section, supporting the Divisional Headquarters for a short period between 1976 and 1977 but I can't say if I ever bumped into your uncle or not. The Headquarters was located in Shiel Barracks and the Signal Regiment was a few hundred metres away in Caithness Barracks. However, although the JNCO from my Section were billeted with the RMP from 111 Provost Company in Shiel Barracks, (the smaller of the two barracks) our SNCO and all other attached personnel from the Headquarters, were billeted with the Signal Regiment in Caithness Barracks, where the SSVC and NAAFI Families Shop were also located.

You might like to try Googling either Shiel or Caithness Barracks Verden as a starter and then 1ADSR or 1 Armoured Division Signal Regiment for a little history. I am not sure, but I believe both barracks were handed back to the German authorities and have now been turned into social housing.
 
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Many thanks for the input and private messages. He was in 1 ADSR between 75-78 that has been confirmed. would anyone know how I could go about looking into his career away from 1 ADSR? am I even allowed to as I am not a direct dependant et..
If you go onto the SPVA website it will tell you what you need to do to get your uncle's records. I think that you can as you are a relation even though not a direct descendant.
 
#18
Headquarters 1 Armoured Division and Signal Regiment were based in Verden (Aller) in northern Germany. I was in 71 Intelligence Section, supporting the Divisional Headquarters for a short period between 1976 and 1977 but I can't say if I ever bumped into your uncle or not. The Headquarters was located in Shiel Barracks and the Signal Regiment was a few hundred metres away in Caithness Barracks. However, although the JNCO from my Section were billeted with the RMP from 111 Provost Company in Shiel Barracks, (the smaller of the two barracks) our SNCO and all other attached personnel from the Headquarters, were billeted with the Signal Regiment in Caithness Barracks, where the SSVC and NAAFI Families Shop were also located.

You might like to try Googling either Shiel or Caithness Barracks Verden as a starter and then 1ADSR or 1 Armoured Division Signal Regiment for a little history. I am not sure, but I believe both barracks were handed back to the German authorities and have now been turned into social housing.
Caithness is used for a variety of purposes now - shopping, offices etc from what I understand. However, Shiel has been left to rot the last I heard (from my german ex, who I am still friends with). She says it looks a right mess.
 
#19
I also remember Bob Oliver from about the same time as "Notachance" and he definitely was a good bloke. Although he did have a habit of nicking bits of kit needed for putting up and lowering radio masts, he was sometimes nicknamed "fingers"
 
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This was presented to Bob by the Lads of Alpha Troop.

Inscribed the Order of the Boot.

Can anyone shed any light on this?


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