Harrogate Groups

1. 50B Annual Lunch Reunion
Left to Right: Frank & Rosemary Litterick, Eric & Jan Davey, Geoff & Ronnie Keefe, Don & Nan McKenzie, Harry & Monique Kennard

The group held it's first reunion in Southampton 1990 (40 years) at which 8 attended. 2000 (50years) again 8 attended and in 2010 (60years) we were down to 5. With dwindling numbers it was decided to have an Annual reunion lunch in Southampton every year. 5 members with wife's attended in 2011 and this years the same 5 as the photograph above.

We meet at The Royal Southampton Yacht Club on the last Sunday of September.


2. 50B
During their service the following was achieved - 2Lt.Cols - 2 Capts - 2MBE's and 1 BEM. Those who completed their 22 years or more retired as Warrant Officers Class 1.

50B had 13 tradesmen who passed out from Harrogate and completed Sapper training - what happened to the remaining 8 is chronicled below.

ALBERT (Junior) YOUNG - left the Army in the late 50 ' s, remained in his home town of Newcastle where he died from a brain tumour in the 70;s.

FRANK LYONS - left the Army in 1974 , moved to Johannesburg where he worked for a mining company as a cartographer and died from bowel cancer in 1994.

JOHN STEVENS - commissioned with RE Survey and transferred to the Royal Army Pay Corps where he remained until 55 years of age. Died at his home in Newbury of a heart attack in July 2008.

DAVE HERRIOTT - Left the army on his 15 year option in 1968. Joined Hunting ' s Survey and later formed his own company Hydrographic Services International Ltd. After a long illness he died at home with his family in April 2010.

PETER (MOGS) MORGAN - left survey after basic training, took a regular commission in the corps and retired as a Lt.Col. Died of motor neurons disease in February 2011.

DENNIS (DENBO) MARTIN - commissioned with RE Survey and on retirement joined 135 Survey Sqn as a Captain . Became Commanding Officer with the rank of Lt.Col and during this period was awarded his MBE, after several years of ill health he died of vascular dementia in October 2010.

PETE NORTH - decided to leave Survey, moved over to the general roster and was discharged after completing 20 years service (no pension). It is understood he went to Australia to join his brother who had his own building company. No one has been successful in contacting him.

>PETER FREEMAN - also left survey after completing basic RE training and transferred to the Army Physical Training Corps. He currently lives in Harrogate.

33. 51B
In September 1951, along with numerous other apprehensive young school leavers, twelve “wannabe” surveyors arrived at the Army Apprentices School, Harrogate.
34. 51B Sixty Years On
The photograph shows in clockwise order:
Tom Turner, Graeme Holinshead, Roy Isherwood, Sid Jackson, Arnold Smith, Bob Payne, Dave Harries, Ron Birch
Sixty years later, eight of that not so young dirty dozen met again at Hermitage to celebrate their ‘Diamond Enlistment.'
Their reunion was held within the WOs and Sgts Mess by kind permission of the RSM, WO1 A.Conetta, It showed we were getting old when we realised that the RSM was not born when most of us had completed a full service.
A formal dinner was held with the mess silver on display. The dinner and service could not be faulted and I'm sure the mess takings were boosted considerably.
From the original 51B Survey intake three were awarded the Queen's Commission whilst three others retired as Warrant Officers Class 1s; not a bad achievement from those twelve young lads! - Courtesy Ron Birch
3. 53A 1955/56 5. Harrogate Intakes 53A & 53B
Harrogate Reunion 2006 for 53A & 53B Intakes
6. 52A Back row: Brian Rudsdale, G Mayhew, M Rooney, Dave Guest, Brian Beale, Ted May.
Middle row: Jim Moore, Clive Ridyard, Phil Broxham, Jimmy Kidney, John Bowen, Les Terry.
Front row: Vic Cook, AT CSM Venner Newberry, Capt Seaton, John Bickers, Alf Isherwood, Robin White. - John Bickers
7. 49A Photo shows L-R:-  Trevor Honeywell, Pete Davey, Alan Tickn - Eric Davey

8. 53B
Back row: Pete Riffel, Lou McPherson, Boj Williams, J Hawkins, Al Roberts, P Gould, Pete Timbrell, ? Lawrence.
Centre row: P Worsford, G Hancock, J Turnbull, L Moon, TW Noble, G McAllister, P Usher, Phil Broxham.
Front row: A Fisk, JD Powell, T Powell, GS Seaton, HJG Bickers, BE Woodfield, J Alcock, S Lucas. - John Bickers

9. 53B
In October 2003 to celebrate  50th anniversary reunion of the 53B Army Apprentices intake some of the intake met up.

10. 53B 11. 53B 12. 53B 13 53B
This is 53B on Outward Bound. - Alan J Roberts
14. 54B
Left hand side:
Back row: A/T Digby, A/T Flower, A/T Crichton, A/T Foskett, A/T Earnshaw.
Middle row: A/T Derbyshire, A/T Deighton, A/T Eastwood, A/T Glodup, A/T Farnsworth, A/T Fraser.
Front row: A/T Farley, A/T Dennis, A/T Goymer, A/T Shaw, CSM E Cole, Maj A Thresher.
Right hand side:
Back row: A/T Garrett, A/T Evans, A/T Duncalfe, A/T Gowlett, A/T Frye.
Middle row: A/T Farrar, A/T Dyke, A/T Freeman, A/T Davies, A/T Dixon.
Front row: Sgt J Blades BEM, BQMS Evans, A/T CSM Newberry, A/T Galmoye, A/T Guest, A/T P Gray
16. 54B
Back row: Mick Gowlett, Paddy Frye, Dave Streak Hobson.
Middle row: Terry Tupps Evans, Pete Timbrell, Jock Balloch.
Front row: Ian Roo, Bob Farrar, Rab Martin, Klon Goldup.
31. 56A       23. D Company, Harrogate 56A - 1957
Back Row: George King, Archie Sims, Drostan Grant, Chunky Oakman, Bev Hill, Mick Guise, Gobble Turk
Front Row: Taff Watson, Blackie, Dave Clifton, Jock Smith - Bev Hill
17. 56B Left hand side. Fourth row: Bill Van Orden, ????, Fuff Barret, Roger Billett, Tony Newman, Mick Collier.
Third row: Phil Cox, Alan Oakman, Blondie Balfour, Ian Lindsey, Dave Ford, Johny Foote, Geoff Tolley.
Second row: Vic Moncreiff, Worsley, Storeman, AJ Robinson, jimmy James.
Front row: ????, ????, Paddy Ryan, Ian Boreland, ????, ????.
Centre. Fourth row:
Stan Stanley, John Redford, ????, ????, Grant Ward, Josh Joseland.
Third row: Cliff Greensitt, Benny Bennison, Dave Oram, Alex Johnstone, Topper Brown.
Second row: Pete Seward, Wilf Reid, Phil Webster, Mark Henshaw, Keith Butt, Frank Donovan.
Front row: Andy Anderson, Tot Hodgson.

Right hand side.
Fourth row: ????, ????, ????, Baz Elvin, ????, Lofty Hogben.
Third row: Tony Jago, Bob Pomroy, Brian Houldershaw, Ian Cragg, Simon Weir, Geoff Morris.
Second row: John Salisbury, Dave Truluck, ????. ? Hughes, ????


20. 56B
Back row: Geoff Morris - The Driver -? Andrews - Phil Cox
Centre row: Andy Anderson - Blondie Balfour - Ginge Weir - Vic Moncrieff
Front row: Gordon Worsley - Ian Cragg

Taken near Darley

24. Intakes 56A and 56B Reunion 2006 - Andy Anderson 25. Intakes 56A and 56B Reunion 2006 26. Intakes 56A and 56B Reunion 2006 27. Intakes 56A and 56B Reunion 2006
21.Harrogate Survey Wing 1958
Left hand side:
Fourth row: Jock Smith, Alan Oakman, Jock Collier, Joss Joseland, ????, ????,
Ian Lindsey, Arthur Moran, Topper Brown, Dave Ford.
Third row: Blondie Balfour, Jerry Maggs or Geoff Maggott, Jeff Morris, Bill Lees, ????, ????, Lofty Hogden, Fuff Barrat, Alex Jock Johnstone, Tony Jago.
Second row: ????, Brian Foote, Jock Mullett, Flab Ford, Bill Pettet, Bruce Ireland, Pete Seward, Phil Webster, Keith Butt, Nott-Bower.
Front row: ????, Andy Thomas, Pete Worsley, Tim Holt, Ian Cragg, ????, Doug Arman, Tot Hodgson, George King, Dave Hurd.

Right hand side:
Fourth row: ????, ????, Simon Weir, Roger Jordan, Mick Guise, Tom Newman, Dross Grant, Dave Clifton.
Third row: Brian Pocock, ????, Dave Oram, JKohn Redford, ????, Taff Watson, Dud Beck, Phil Cox.
Second row: Tom Jackson, Phil Broxham, Geoff Hancock, Sam Reeder, ????, Noddy Horlock, Vic Moncrieff, Bev Hill.
Front row: Titch Mawcus, ????, ????, Benny Bennison or Taff Williams, ????, John Salisbury, Dave Hughes.

28. Army Apprentice School HarrogateFootball Team 1957/8 - Bev Hill 29. Back row: ????, Mick Gowlett, ????, ????, ????, Rab Martin, Terry Evans.
Middle row: ????, ????, ????, Jack Pugh.
Front row: ????, ????, Tim Holt. - Terry Evans and Streak
32. Ex Harrogate boys of 54A Intake, and Nat Service men, at SMS Hermitage, on Cadre Course, Sept 1957.
L to R standing at rear.
1, Spr John Walton. - - 4, Spr John Smith. 5, Spr Colin Price. - - 8, Spr Barry Cannon.
Center standing.
1. Spr John Lewis. ----- 7, Spr Henry Parslow. -.
1, Spr Mick Barnett. 2, Spr Dave Allengame. 3, Spr Dinis Evans. 4, PTI Prem Staff. 5,
S,sgt Buller Kent RE. Course Instructer.
6, Spr Clive Obourne. 7, Spr Ross Hebes. 8, Spr Gimpy Height - of 53B intake.
- Other Names Unknown