NewBasfordlad

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  1. A good friend of mine lost his only son a few years back to something similar. He had just finished his first year at Nottingham High and was doing very well. On one Saturday he had just crossed the road near Lowdham roundabout to see someone outside the Magna Charta and dropped something in the road, without thinking he just turned round and bent down to pick it up. A car going slowly, it had just come round the turning struck his head, his life support was switched of 24 hours later. It ripped the heart out of the lads family and we found out later deeply affected the driver even though he was totally exonerated by the police investigation. Deepdene my Dad told me exactly the same thing
  2. Now you just keep away from the edge CF you wouldn't want to push your luck.........
  3. These things bug me, the trousers that is, so have enlarge the picture, it is hard to tell without the original. But the guy third from the right I think has a different cap and cap badge, he also carries a Sgt Major stripes as does the guy next to him, there wouldn't be two Sgt Majors in a battery, finally he is missing the lanyard tucked in his left breast pocket. I reckon he is from a different unit on attachment.
  4. Had a shock today. I was sat talking to my 15 year old granddaughter and she asked me about the book I was reading, I explained it was about the battle for Normandy in WW11 starting at D-Day. "D-Day" she asked, "yes" I said "The great invasion the led to the defeat of Germany in WW11, don't you do history?" "Oh yes" she says "We have just done WW11 from the .........................German perspective" You can imagine the discussion we had over the next hour, talk about twisting history. Pass me the gun....................
  5. 50th Battery RFA was indeed in Dewsbury at one time. In WW1 the RFA were responsible for the horse drawn medium artillery pieces including the 18 pounder so in the first picture your grandfather would be carrying his riding crop and who would not carry it like a swagger stick when having your picture took. Usually the leading horseman carried the crop for signalling to the rest of his teams riders the moves he was going to make just like the RHA King Troop. The RFA weren't as fast as the Royal Horse Artillery but their guns carried a lot more clout and there were more of them Yes a bugle was still in use for close communication in WW1 especially by mounted troops and afterwards it became part of the dress. The artillery have carried small arms for years in fact one of my favourite muzzle loaders was an Enfield .577 Artillery carbine, a shortened version of the 2 band rifle built specially for the artillery back in the mid to late 1800s. These lads would be carrying the.303 short magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE) rifle and I believe (but don't count on this) 100 rounds in clips of 5. The bandolier was carried high to keep it from being fouled by the horse's reins if this happened you could be in a world of pain. My regiment carried the same when they were called up for WW11 and yes they were still on horse back in 1939. As to the chaps in full length trousers I have no idea except to say they weren't horsemen.
  6. Ian, Bit of a time line for you, not complete but gives some idea. 508 parachuted in early on 6th June their objective being Sainte-Mere-Eglise. Unfortunately like a lot of others they were dropped in the wrong place and were unable to make the required link-up. However they stayed in contact with the enemy and suffered heavy losses including the first American officer killed on D-Day. They were relieved on 7th July aqnd placed in Divisional reserve. For their work during this time they were awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation. They came back to Wollaton Park on 13th July of the 2056 who jumped in only 995 came back, a grievous casualty rate, their losses included the CO of the 1st battalion. At Wollaton their casualties were replaced and they started training up for Op Market Garden. On the 17th September they dropped in and their first job was to secure and hold a 12,000 yard defensive line, before going on to Nijmegen and then to the Battle of The Bulge. The 82nd was an airborne division of which the 508 were a part.
  7. According to David Render there at the time, they lost a lot of men. At that particular time during operations our supply chain was severely stretched we had had to hold back for some weeks. We had three armies over there but could only supply one for forward operations one of the reasons Monty came up with Market Garden which we know failed at the final hurdle (bridge). This lull in forward movement had given the Jerry time to revitalise the Siegfried Line with new camouflaged bunkers (most with 5ft thick walls) and connecting trenches, mines etc. As 508 advanced they came under heavy mortar and machine gun fire the Rangers Sherman's 75mm gun could not penetrate the bunkers walls, as an alternative they would plaster the firing aperture with 75mm HE whilst the yanks got close enough to (a) lob a couple of grenades through the slot (b) make their way round to the rear of the bunker, blow in the armoured door with a satchel charge and use grenades and machine gun fire. This went on day after day for some time. Our war diary comes up with a story. The word Ranger as a special connotation to the yanks, so combining the words Sherwood (Robin Hood and all that) with Rangers (American special forces) they thought we must be some kind of special forces unit. Of course the lads did nothing to correct this thought.
  8. Ian the ford is parked on ...............Hill Side that's the bridge over the Leen to the left
  9. And cocked Willow the bolt handle is to the rear of it's traverse.......
  10. Strange coincidence for you. 508 were still considered green when operation Market Garden took place and they were assigned to protect the route that the main force had cleared. Later at Nijmegen and Beek area they requested experienced armoured support and were given the Sherwood Rangers. One of the guys was quoted as saying "They may be called green but they had no fear of going forward".
  11. You may be right Margie most plants are programed by nature to procreate and you certainly get a boost in production as the season comes to an end or plants start to suffer for some reason. I used to know a gardener who would stress his runners by withholding water to kick them off, he said it worked but I have never tried it.
  12. Would that be 'brass neck' CF
  13. It would be way before your time Dave, my mate was 82 when he died two years ago and of course I am talking about his father.
  14. ^^^^^^^Glad my mate was right about his father and Triumph road then, I was beginning to doubt until you came along Dave. He always said his father was a gatekeeper but I know he was a sign writer as well, wonder if they did any of that there.
  15. I got the facts wrong. During the battle for Normandy David Rinder was actually with a brigade of 3 tank regiments each regiment fielding 50 tanks and they needed 1073 replacement tanks just to keep 150 in the front line, Rinder himself had 3 shot out from under him. Not that he took the record Major Stanley Christopherson colonel to be came out of 5 in one day in the desert campaign.
  16. Trogg there was a filling station on Valley road opposite the Futurist. But I also seem to remember a car dealership left hand side of Nottingham Road between Valley road and Vernon Road almost opposite the end of Scotland road.
  17. As far as I know Cripp's had a heavy plant site on Triumph Road Lenton. The info I have is old as it came from a mate who's now dead talking about his father who was gate keeper there
  18. Col, it's a very good job your here to put everyone right, when they are 'factually incorrect' but do tell me what make you so sure your always right, even I make the odd mistake, yes you heard it here folks NBL makes the odd mistake. By the way Col you never got back about Corbyn's anti Semitism, even Tom Watson as now stated 'Labour face's eternal shame' over anti-Semitism. Me I loved Mrs T, wish there was someone like here now the country needs it.
  19. Started the onion harvest today, first half put to dry. Last years harvest provided onions for the year, a first for me just hoping for the same again. For gardeners these are Red Fen grown in revitalised MPC compost.
  20. Col, Corbyn gives every impression of being highly anti semetic you may not like the fact but it stares most people in the face. As to large corporations stealing tax money that that could be seen as slander they do not steal they play by the rules as they are. Now these rules may well need changing but at this time they are the rules. I have been a tax payer all my life and at 72 am still paying taxes but as a self employed person different rules apply to me rather than PAYE and I have no hesitation in telling the world I will only pay what I have to. Not a penny more till I see my taxes spent wisely and even then it's doubtful. Finally I for one am very proud of what the British achieved around the world and will not judge yesterday thoughts and action by todays standards. Yes we conquered nations because we were better at warfare but once conquered we did an immense amount of good around the globe.
  21. Very simplistic Col but both of us know the colonisation of South Africa was much more complicated than that. The Dutch were the first to go there to establish a stop over and replenishment site for the Dutch East India Company 1652 what was to become Cape Colony. We followed and took over 1795 and from there until the early 20th century it changed hands several time. The Act of Segregation was introduce in 1909 by the first prime minister General Botha, don't sound very English do he. Wrong I agree but two wrongs do not make a right and both Gandhi and later Mandela both did wrong. Me I hate and despise the far right as much as the far left they as bad as each other, just look at what has happened to what used to be the working mans party (Labour) now a bunch of racist anti Semites.
  22. you've done it again Col. You say it's your last word but can't help coming back again......
  23. Puree for spag-bol and the like, and frozen individually and bagged for other uses.
  24. 'Tank Action' by David Render, Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry. I knew David as an old comrade before his death last year and this is the story of his time with the regiment in Normandy and beyond. The regiment arrived at 'H' hour on D day and David joined them as a casualty battle replacement some 5 days later, he then fought from Bayeaux all the way through to Bremerhaven and the end of the war. Seeing how a tank commanders life expectancy was slightly less than two weeks and 90% of his comrades were to become casualties this was no mean feat and earned him the nickname the 'Inevitable Mr Render' as he always turned up. The regiment earned more 'battle honours' than any other unit in WW11 so it's not like they were not in the thick of things.
  25. Its 5 weeks late thanks to 'the beast from the east' but at last the tomato glut has arrived...........