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 .
In Line with our objectives to support Junior Soldiers The Association Presented New Colours to Oswestry ACF.
Chairman Brian Kilty, Fred Howell and David Fraser represented the Association on Saturday 10th November to present the New Colours to The Oswestry Contingent of Shropshire Army Cadet Force. It was a particularly poignant day for Fred Howell who was a member of this same contingent of ACF prior to joining IJLB and having a successful career in the Forces. What made it more important was that the young men of Oswestry ACF were involved in a World War 1 reenactment of drill prior to Sundays 100th anniversary of the Armistice.
It was a timely presentation as The young lads were on parade the following day at Oswestry’s Remembrance parade where the new Standard was to be used for the first time.
Brian gave a short history of IJLB to those gathered for the ceremony and one of the ACF junior NCO’s gave a very well thought out vote of thanks. Our support for junior soldiers will continue as we develop relationships with both ACF and CCF contingents throughout the country
Chairman Brian Kilty reports
Over this last Remembrance Weekend, our Association has taken part, on behalf of all of us, in two events in Oswestry. One was the formal handing over of the new Colour Standard to Oswestry ACF Contingent that was donated by The Association. This cements a relationship with them and adds to our already mature and established relationship with Oswestry School CCF. The other was our participation in The Remembrance Parade and Service. Details of this later
The Oswestry Contingent have been, for the last few weeks, doing a WW1 re-enactment on Festival Square in town; dressing in WW1 uniforms, doing drills, cooking and of course collecting donations for The Poppy Appeal. Wonderful and committed young people. As Chairman, I was joined by Fred Howell (KSLI) and Dave Fraser (Royal Scots). We had hoped that Ray Ironmonger, our Life President, could be present, but he became a little ill that morning. He is recovering well. We decided that Fred would do the handover that was preceded by Brian giving a short talk on the history of IJLB and our Association.
Fred was chosen for his unique history as regards Oswestry and IJLB. Fred was born and raised in Oswestry, in Coppice Drive that for those who don’t know, is within sight of Park Hall. Fred also served in The Oswestry ACF Detachment before joining the army. Off went Fred in late 1958 to seek his future in IJLB, when it was in Plymouth; only to find himself back in Oswestry a year or so later, within sight of his home again. The presentation went very well and we were all really impressed by the Cadets – committing to both to a continuing relationship and to support them in the future