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Re(10): 1968. Orbat
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Cass
It can get a little confusing by the fact that many individuals were moved around the battalion. The 1968 ORBAT shows where people were on Vesting Day ( April 68 ). For example on that date I was in C Company and my Platoon Sgt was Larry Parkes and my Platoon Commander was Lt. ' Sparky ' Hampton. Sgt Bernard Flannery is correctly shown as A Company on that date. However at one time particularly when at Erskine Camp, Bernard was my Platoon Sgt and then in C Company. In the case of Lt. Hampton he was at one time in A Company as he was Dennis's Platoon Commander!
Whilst in Hong Kong I was part of a group who completed what was termed " The Fusiliers March for Money " whereby a group of us spent two weeks marching around the Colony collecting money for the then Governors " Community Chest ". We raised several thousand HK Dollars. The group was led by Lt Hampton and Sgt Flannery who were both then in C Company. I was then a full Corporal but was a L/Cpl on Vesting Day and formed part of the " Old Guard " on the Vesting Day Parade. Cpl Dave Derbyshire was the " Old Guard " Commander. It therefore follows that Sgt Flannery who was A Company on Vesting Day April 68 (correct) on some later date moved to C Company and as far as I can recall all who were on the " Fusiliers March for Money " came from C Company who were then at Erskine Camp ...see what I mean when I say it can get confusing?!!!
In the photo above we are being presented to the Governor's wife after completing the Fusilier March for Money.
Lt Hampton is behind the Governer's wife and I am out of shot to the right. Sgt Flannery can be seen on the extreme left of the line up which includes Dave Jones (shaking hands ) and Amos Burke. You will note that we are wearing 4RRF Hackles so it was well after Vesting Day. Dave Jones later became a temporary CO's driver and he and I were involved in a serious accident when competing in a Car Rally. Dave drove the landrover we were loaned by the MT Section into a monsoon ditch up in the New Territories at around 2 am. I spent a little time in HK BMH being looked after by lovely QA's nurses. Worth getting injured!!
Geoff P

Bernard and self training for March for Money

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