07 December 2001


From:     Ian Berry, West Swindon, UK
Subject:  Mystery Photograph Suggestions
Date:       02 December 2001 11:05

Hi Tony

After consulting 'Frank the Bank' Johnston (ex-Chf tech MAMS Eng - now living in Pensacola) he/we think it was Gan. Frank hasn't joined yet but I am working on him.




From:       Frank Johnston, Pensacola, Florida, USA
To:           Ian Berry
Subject:    Mystery Photo
Date:        Saturday, December 01, 2001 4:18 AM


I took a look at the mystery photo/map. I don't think it is Christmas Island. I only visited there once and that was a day trip in 1976 when I was in Hawaii. A British Army survey teem was going down there and I went along for the trip when we dropped them off.

However I did do a one year tour in Gan in 1965-66 and I think it may be the original setup for the first encampment on Gan in 1957-58 time period, give or take a year. The reason I think it may be Gan is the position of the jetty and the reference to the inner lagoon reef. Also the proximity of the runway and hard standing to the encampment. At least that's the best shot I can give it.

Janet and I are going to go to your favorite place, "Disney World" the 12th. through the 17th. of December. Janet wants to take in the Christmas Lights and Shows. So I have to tag along and make sure she doesn't spend too much on Christmas stuff. It is her Passion to collect Christmas ornaments etc.

I am busy at the moment putting in a sprinkler system for the yard about 1200 ft. of pipe etc.  Hope you are well and enjoy the season when it gets here.

Gan is my best guess on the Mystery Photo.

All the best,

[Ed:  You are correct!  I removed the "To Gan Village" arrow that was in the illustration, it would have been a real giveaway!  The drawing was completed in 1958.]


From:      Peter Chappell, Bournemouth, UK
Subject:  Giss a job
Date:       02 December 2001 11:32

Anyone out there know of gainful employment for an ageing ex mover?

Have been sciving in the ops/crewing depts of various airlines for the past 20 years or so but have been found out and made redundant. So if anybody knows of anything thats legal (ish), give me a shout.  Address numbers etc on members list.


Pete Chappell

[Ed:  If anyone can offer Pete a job I'm sure it would be welcomed.]


From:     Ian Berry, West Swindon UK
To:          Robbie Taylor
Subject   SEARCH FOR 46th BRATS
Date:       03 December 2001 06:03

I can help you with 2 of those you are searching for:

Gerry Muffett

Peter Herring

[Addresses witheld by request]

I'll continue looking for the others as the name Dave Parsons rings a bell.

As for the smashing of ceramic mugs, the world goes full circle as I remember you smashing mine! I was 302 Entry Admin Apprentices when 50th were senior entry. We were the very last Entry who had to wear the old woollen T63 uniform, more annoying as time went on as all the Entries after us wore the new Battledress. I have photos but what's it worth? Keep up the good work.


[Ed:  I honestly cannot recall breaking your mug Ian - heh heh heh!]


From:     Robbie Taylor, Doncaster, UK
To:          Ian Berry
Subject:  Re: SEARCH FOR 46th BRATS
Date:       03 December 2001 15:43

Hi Ian,

Thanks very much for the info on Gerry Muffett and Peter Herring. Passed the info on to Peter Pierce who started the ball rolling for our reunion.Only another 21 to go.

Thanks again, hope some of the other Movers can come up trumps like you.

Cheers    Robbie


New on the site this week, a photograph in the 1960's section - yours truly in a group photograph when I did my Junior Air Movements course

Just this evening I received some photographs from Ian Berry taken very recently in Oman - I will put those on the site this weekend.

I have placed a UKMAMS Roll of Honour into the articles pages.  The original was compiled in 1992 (Jerry Porter's book).  There will be updates as and when I receive the information about new awards (in the last 9 years that is).  I did write to Ian about additions and also ribbons - I was unsure if I had used the correct GSM ribbons for the campaigns - the original GSM was issued in 1914 and then it was replaced in 1962  - well anyway, have a shuftee and let me know.


From:       Ian Berry, West Swindon UK
Subject:   Re: Ribbons Wanted
Date:        05 December 2001 05:31


The original GSM 1962 is still in use for campaigns, the latest being Air Ops Iraq if you serve at Incirlik (Op Deny Flight North - now Op Resinate) and formerly Dhahran now Al Kharj (Saudi) and Ali Al Salem (Kuwait) which is Op Bolton. Qualifying period is 30 days.

When we were in Gioa del Colle/Ancona/Zagreb a UN medal was issued. Split has now closed but here and anywhere in Bosnia the guys earn the UN FRY medal (Former Republic of Yugoslavia).

Anyone who served in Macedonia or Kosovo since Dec 98 are awarded the UN Kosovo medal.

The good news is that if you look at you'll see pretty pictures. I will try and update the list for you - one very tall order and individual input could be the way ahead. I know from the original book list Gordon Gourdie was miffed as he had the GSM Radfan/Saudi but was omitted.

The AOCs and C in Cs should be easier, I got a C in Cs myself from MAMS in 1996.

There are other medals that have been awarded as well including a few for service with the UN in Angola in the mid-ninties. There will also be a medal for Sierra Leone but I don't know the style yet. When they do appear they will be on that website.

Incidentally in Feb 2002 anyone who has served 5 years or more will be awarded a Queens Golden Jubilee Medal. Five Queens Silver Jubilee Medals were awarded to UKMAMS in 1977. One person in each rank received one in lieu of a Commendation:

SAC Bronco Lane (Sqn Storeman)
Cpl Ivan Vienneau (MAMS Trg - French Canadian!)
Sgt Ian Berry (Mobile/Load Control)
FSgt Merv Corke
WO Bill Cater

Anyway I'll see what I can do but that is quite a task. Back to work tommorow for one day then a long weekend in Brussels for some Christmas shopping.



[Ed:  Thanks for the info Ian - it is a daunting task, but I think it is very worthwhile that this should be published for the world to see.  As I was creating the page I was very tempted to put myself down for a couple of medals - oh well...   I did serve in Oman for one year back in the 60's, but I never did get the GSM as I was only there for 363 days instead of the required 365!!  I could never figure that one out - as there were chaps (that could afford it)  that went on vacation for several weeks to Kenya or the UK and yet they were still awarded that medal - beats me!]


From:      David Mitchell
CC:         Owen Mitchell, St Austell, UK
Subject:   Amending member details
Date:       06 December 2001 14:55


I originally registered on the site on behalf of my father using my e-mail address for delivery of the old boys briefs.  He now has his own e-mail, see Cc: above, address and I wish to update his details to reflect this.  I can find no way to do this can you advise/assist?  Dad is registered as 'Mitch' Mitchell.

Regards, David Mitchell

[Ed:  Thanks David - I have changed your father's details on the site and the mailing list.]


Here is a little levity to brighten your day...

Recently, The Washington Post's Style Invitational asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are some winning entries:

Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease (this one got extra credit).

Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

Glibido: All talk and no action.

Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

And, the pick of the literature:

Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an a**hole.


The last issue of the Old Boys Briefs before the Christmas holiday will be on Friday 21st December.  You are ALL invited to send your festive greetings for inclusion in that issue, please ensure you send them well in advance.


Well, that's it for this week

Have a great weekend

Best regards