UPDATE to AFC Harrogate Visit
Association Members have been invited to visit AFC Harrogate on 19th March 2019. The Crown Hotel, Harrogate has been booked for those 10 members with their wives. So far a total of 15 are staying at the hotel on a B & B basis. Also, 12 members are taking part in the visit. All who are staying Monday, are having a small informal dinner in the hotel — followed by the visit on Tuesday. Several have opted to book 2 days in the hotel arriving Monday and departing after breakfast on Wednesday.
Our Liasion Officer at The AFC, Lt Mike Steele is very keen to foster good relations with us old boys as he has commented that our wealth of experience which will be invaluable to his Junior Soldiers. To this end, he has invited our Chairman of IBB & IJLB Association to award JS certificates and give a presentation; Captain Brian Kilty is booked in for this on 6th February.
It is not too late, if now that Christmas and the New Year have passed, and you would wish to attend. The Secretary is required to submit numbers to the Headquarters of AFC by 28th February. So please contact Ronnie Paterson and inform him by 21st February should you want to join us. His contact details are email@example.com or via his mobile number 07919 334444 to book a place.
The AFC has provided us with a varied and interesting programme with a buffet lunch in the Sergeants Mess.
Members can now view new Committee Minutes on the Committee section of the Private Forum. Simply log in and go to Forum to read.
It was a pleasure meeting Geoff Camm (Treasurer), Brian Kilty (Chairman) and Ronnie Paterson (Secretary) at the village hotel in Walsall yesterday.
I would like to thank you all for taking the time to meet with me yesterday. I really appreciate the fact that you shared your knowledge and insight that accompany a special association.
I was very impressed by the commitment and work IBB & IJLB association is doing reuniting ex-members and I am truly honoured to be involved with the development of the website.
All the best for 2019 everyone!!
We have added another page to our Digital Archives which will include Reviews from the IJLB for various years. Check it out !
if you have any Archive materials in your possession please contact me so these can be added. Our objective is to build a lasting history of IBB, IJLB, JIW and JIB for future generations.
Barry Thorne joined the army as a Boy soldier in 1952, he was one of the first ever Junior Leaders Serving in Tuxford and then in A Company that was detached to Harrogate. On reaching the age of 18 Barry served in the Gloucestershire Regiment from 1953 to 1959, obtaining the rank of sergeant in 1956. His postings included Kenya (1955-56, during the Mau Mau campaign); Aden, the Yemen border, and the Persian Gulf (1956); Cyprus (1957, during the EOKA campaign); and Germany (1958/59).
After a short break in the UK, he joined the Colonial Police, serving in Nyasaland/Malawi from 1961 to 1968. In 1968, he became a member of HM Diplomatic Service, serving in East Pakistan/Bangladesh; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Ethiopia; Italy; Turkey; and The Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London. He retired as Deputy Consul-General, Istanbul, in 1993, and set up his own business in Maidenhead, Berkshire, in International Credit Management, where he continues to act as Chairman. Barry tells his story of IBB in the early days in his book entitled “A Varied Life” and he has kindly given us permission to reproduce the information in our Archives. You can read Barry’s story in our Archive Gallery .