Regiment Royal Artillery consisted of 4 batteries, HQ Bty, LNery Bty, N Eagles
Bty & O The Rocket Troop Bty.
I was stationed here at Barford Camp until 1971 when the Regiment moved
to Hemer, Germany.
was a young Gunner of 17 sent here after my initial training in
Woolwich. I served with L Bty for 4
years. Being stationed for here my first
posting was an eye opener; especially during the colder months where we had to
dig our way out of the barracks as the snow piled up. As I was the latest recruit
I had the bed next
to the door which was the furthest away from the coal stove. Needless to say
I froze only having the
standard two blankets to keep warm. One
night while I was in town I came back to find a sheep tied to my bed.
The Gun Park was straight across the road that
was near a dangerous bend in the road. The
Regiment had 105mm self-propelled guns known as “Abbots”. One day
the weather was so cold the older
soldiers had a fire going in a large steel bin. They surrounded this fire seat