Harrogate - Trevor Powell

1. A.A.S. Harrogate – Champion Company Cup

‘D' Company was formed in February 1955, with several trades moving from the other three Companies, R.E.Survey being among them. The Company won the Champion Company Cup in only its second term in existence (September 1955 to January 1956).

A/T  CSM Trevor ‘Bill' Powell receives the trophy.

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5. 6. 7. A brief resume of life at harrogate from Trevor Powell  
8. Bed packs, Room and Kit inspections, inspections were wekkly. 9. Darley Dale where we did a lot of surveying in 1954 and 1955 10. Darley Dale where we did a lot of surveying in 1954 and 1955

11. Kitcheck


12. Some lads of Intake 53B on an Outward Bound
exercise on the Yorkshire moors in 1955 or 1956

Scouse Goulden, Bryan Woodfield, John Alcock, Dennis Hawkins, Alan Roberts, Myo Myint, John Turnbull, Derek Cain

13. Passport Photo 14. Local Pub  
16. Report

17. Room inspection



After duties


Company lines


Glossary of unfamiliar terms

In the beginning




Pay parade

Sick parade

Surveyor lament

Triple 'O'

20. R.S.M. Stanley Lonsborough – Coldstream Guards
18. R.S.M. Stanley Lonsborough – Coldstream Guards
Served as R.S.M. at Harrogate A.A.S. from March 1948 to September 1955

Regimental Sergeant Major Stanley Lonsborough of the Coldstream Guards, known as ‘Tara’ (from the Yorkshire way of saying T’RSM), merits a particular mention. A class 1 Warrant Officer, he inspired awe, nay, downright fear just by his presence in the vicinity, in all who had the misfortune to come across him. Even officers would change direction to avoid him if they could as they were just as likely to receive a reprimand for their dress or behaviour as were the Apprentices. The only difference being that the bitter pill would be slightly sweetened for the officers by being addressed as “Sir” instead of “Lad”.

The tales told of legendary Stan would fill a book and make very entertaining reading. On parade he would stand behind a trembling apprentice and ask in his deep voice “Am I hurting you, lad?”. The bewildered lad would reply “No Sir!”. The question would then be repeated and receive the same worried reply. At which Stan would bark out “Well I should be, I’m standing on your hair. Get it cut! Take his name, Sergeant Bowsley!”. The poor culprit was now doomed to an even shorter back and sides to the one he already had, as well as a couple of hours on fatigues, perhaps painting the stones white which lined the roads or scrubbing the cookhouse floor.

One of his favourite expressions when drilling apprentices was “Bring your foot up underneath yer KNEE, NOT underneath yer BOTTOM!” In actual fact, Stan was probably a very fair person despite his insistance on military perfection and discipline, and my Army friends and I still talk about him over fifty years later with affection (perhaps still tainted with awe), when the passage of time has mellowed our memories and we can laugh about those happenings which struck the fear of God (Tara) into us so many years ago.

Stan’s daughter Anita, by the way, won a gold medal for Britain in the breast stroke at the Rome Olympics in 1960. Perhaps she was ordered to win and dare not disobey.

19. Army Apprentices School, Harrogate July 1956

Intake 53B R.E. Survey Wing on completing their three-year course, together with Permanent Staff Instructors
Back row: Sgt P.Riffel   Sgt L.MacPherson  A/T B.O.J. Williams  A/T D.Hawkins  A/T A.J.Roberts  A/T P.Gould  Sgt P.Timbrell  Cpl Lawrence
Middle row: Sgt P.Worsfold  Sgt G.Hancock  A/T Cpl J.Turnbull  A/T L/Cpl L.Moon  A/T L/Cpl T.W.Noble  A/T L/Cpl G.McAllister Sgt P.Usher  Sgt P.Broxham
Front row: S/Sgt A.Fisk  A/T Sgt J.D.Powell  A/T CSM T.Powell  Capt.G.S.Seaton  WOII H.J.G.Bickers  A/T Sgt B.E.Woodfield  A/T Sgt J.Alcock  Sgt S.Lucas