1 Engineering Stores Depot

I only heard about this unit today (Jan 2012) from John "Wally" Warren, so my apologies for not adding it before.  If you've got any memories or photos of the place, here's the unit to add them to.  REgards, Gordon

According to Wally -  


From memory, it WAS a Engineering Stores Depot.

Holding everything from Pontoon's, Bailey's, Hafbe's, Lafbe's, Petter Engine's etc etc. Down to the smaller stuff.

It was approx 9 Sq. Miles in area, and had its own Railway sidings and Engine's. 

It had Training Dog Handling unit, along with us guys, who were in classrooms learning how to type, and undertake clerical tasks, appertaining to all Store requirements.


I do recall that Guard Picket Duty was a long, long walk around the allocated part of this large site.

Direct from my stint at this Depot, I was sent via Barton Stacey to Iserlohn.

I dropped some of my kit in the Barracks, and was whisked away to Hameln the same day, where I started my job as a Store man in a mock River Crossing under fire.

Straight in the deep end......



Posted to 1ESD December 1958 for trade training. Gained the 'superior' grade as Clerk Technical. Took a permanent posting here as I could play the church organ and they offered me an extra 2/6 a week. (couldn't refuse could I)
Did a cadre course to raise to the high rank of Lance Corporal.
Worked in the Resources Office as a draughtsman and Depot Plant allocation manager.
I remember that there was a Squadron of Chunky Pineapples (Pioneer Corps) stationed here who used to cause some laughs when they had a few bevies of a Friday night.
Life was pretty easy, with two 48 hr passes, one 36 hr pass and one training weekend per month.
Summer evenings walking to pubs in Upper Quinton was very civilised.
Having said all this, I wish I had taken the posting to Germany.
Any one out there who was at Long Marston at this time?

I was there 10 years after. But your comment subject above raised a smile
While playing football for CEP against the RPC company it was the only time I knew a player to be sent off from them for being drunk !!!!

1960-62 most of my time was in Resourses drawing office.Our 'chief' was a WO Cooper MBE,strict but fair.As a Sapper I spent some time distributing the plant around the camp as well as draughting for the bridging equipment positions in the sheds.Met and married my 1st. wife (she worked there as a civi) at Long Marston church.Happy days!

I was posted to 1 ESD in March 1968 and departed in 1972. During this time if my memory serves me correctly the unit became Central Engineer Park ((CEP) and 31 Workshop Squadron RE was formed within it.