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LIFE BEFORE TEACHING PT.2
After Merdeka, we were sent back to England to await our posting to an Engineer Regiment in Osnabruck. Westphalia, West Germany.
I was given several military tasks to fill in the time between manoevers, clerk, educator, drill instructor and driving instructor. My main duty was to supply power to the HQ BAOR (British Army of the Rhine) when on Exercises. This, I did with three Magerus Deutsch 10 tonners and ten Bedford 3 tonners hauling 27.5 and 10 KVA generators. Normally, we laid about 2000m of cable in the dark. I helped install the first close circuit TV hook-ups, lit BBC documentaries and designed and carried out the lighting plot for searchlight tattoes. I was also chosen to go for try-outs for the Corps Rifle team at Bisley, UK. (at 800 yards with a Lee-Enfield #4 and open sights, I couldn't get the 'windage', (shucks!)
Extra-curricular activities included being chosen to play Rugby for the BAOR team, language teacher at the Berlitz School, Cricket and Field Hockey for the Regiment as well as getting a bronze in the 800 yard relay for the regiment.
However, the results of my teaching Army Education Courses made me think of leaving the forces after nine and a half years.
LIFE IS SO UNPREDICTABLE
WE ALSO BUILT PONTOON BRIDGES, DROVE MOTORISED BOATS,AND FERRIED TROOPS ACROSS RIVERS.
ST LUKES WAS AN OLD CHURCH OF ENGLAND (ANGLICAN OR EPISCOPALIAN) TEACHER TRAINING COLLEGE, WHERE COLD SHOWERS AND CHRISTIANITY WERE THE PREFERRED WAY OF LIFE. THE RUGBY TEAM WAS SO GOOD THAT THE ENGLAND OUT-SIDE HALF COULD NOT GET A PLACE IN THE 1st. TEAM, STAN GOOD, (CAPT.) A S.AFRICAN CAP INSISTED ON A MONASTICAL WAY OF LIFE. SO I PLAYED FOR THE "SOCIAL" 3rd. XV.