7 Squadron

This is the main page for the squadron or unit. More info will be added here as I get the time, but for now it's a "base" for establishing comms with other members of the same unit. You can post messages for other members of the same unit using the messages link above this blurb, and you can also search for other members of this unit. Once you find them, click on their name to send an email direct to them. Please note that this website doesn't "remember" your emails, they are sent direct from you to the recipient without getting in the way. That helps you get in touch quickly and it keeps everything simple and free. Have fun. Gordon

Bob Blakey is working on a special page for all you Shiney 7 members out there, why not go and

have a look at it here?

Reunion site.

73 Squadron

Received this from Brian Batty - 

The whole of 36 Corps Engineer Regiment (‘Corps’ was part of the Regiment’s title since it was under the direct command of the 1 (BR) Corps Commander and, thus, Corps Troops) was on Christmas Island, Pacific Ocean, during the period 1957-9 (literally at the end of the Operation Grapple X, Y & Z series atomic bomb tests), having left a rear party only in Maidstone.   When 36 Regt left the island, 73 (Christmas Island) Squadron RE was formed and its remit was to maintain the complete infrastructure in an operational state – the island continued, for some years, to be of strategic importance as a refuelling base.

Early in 1962, 73 squadron’s strength was significantly increased to provide assistance to America for Operation Brigadoon which was 21x H Bomb tests, during 1962-3.  I served with 73 Squadron from Feb 62 to Mar 63.

HQ 19 Mech Brigade

This is a holding page for this unit until someone who served here can tell me more about it.  How many people were here?  Office based or out-and-about?  Any good stories to tell?  Let me know please


Movement Control

This is a "catch-all" unit for those involved in Movement Control, and takes in places like Northern Command Movement Area in York amongst others.  I felt it was the easiest way to group people from Movement Control together so you can find each other without too much searching, but if you've got a better idea then I'm happy to change this to suit you.  Remember, this is YOUR site to use, I'm just paying for it and hopefully making it work.  If you've got any other info on what units this would encompass, please email them to me using the contacts link on the main menu.  REgards, Gordon

Personnel Recovery Unit

This page was set up in response to the email below, I hope it proves useful,



Hello Gordon

Brilliant site and a very good idea. Just a thought. When adding work history I think there should be the options for lads that got injured. So during 2013 I was at a PRU Personal Recovery Unit at Aldershot then moved to the PRU at Catterick later on in my recovery. At both these locations and others throughout other PRU's I met countless amounts of fellow sappers. I think it would be a good idea for the option to put the PRU's in. The same for Headley Court too which was the same deal. 

Thank you for your time and again thank you for an amazing site. 


Richard 'Jobbo' Jobson