Recollections From IJLB

Recollections From IJLB

Rodger Bourne joined IJLB in Oswestry in April 1963.

Here he recollects a story about the “infamous Jan Hooper” who was first Drill Sergeant WO2 and then returned to IJLB as RSM.

Whilst at B Coy summer camp near Barmouth in North Wales, a ‘friendly fight’ occurred between two platoons in a large marquis tent. Kit bags and suitcase were used as a barricade, as missiles were being thrown on both sides. As I went over the top in a forlorn charge, I was felled by a flying tent peg. I had a large cut over my right eye which bled profusely.
Sgt Gig Young, appeared threw me in a Land rover and drove me to Barmouth hospital for stitches. I was given a chit to whom it may concern, stating I was “excused headdress”.
Fast forward a few days, back at Parkhall camp for a drill session with Drill Sgt Jan Hooper. I was in the second rank, minus my beret. When JH got to me the conversation went exactly like this:

JH “Where’s your F****** hat c**t
Me” Excused headdress sir I have a chit from the doctor”
JH “ You f****** wet fart! During the war men got bullets in their heads, and still wore their steel helmets! GO AND GET YOUR HAT ON!”
Me ,Smart right turn doubled off square rifle at high port. Returns shortly after with beret band across stitches, hoping it wouldn’t pull them out.

The Joys of Being a Junior Leader.

UPDATE ON VISIT TO ARMY FOUNDATION COLLEGE HARROGATE

UPDATE ON VISIT TO ARMY FOUNDATION COLLEGE HARROGATE

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 secretary@ijlb.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.

Ronnie Patterson
IJLB Secretary

IBB & IJLB Website Development Meeting

IBB & IJLB Website Development Meeting

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!!

 

 

 

 

Review of IJLB and other Archives

Review of IJLB and other Archives

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.

One Of The First Junior Leaders Tells His Story

One Of The First Junior Leaders Tells His Story

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 .

Association Presents New Colours to Oswestry Army Cadet Force

Association Presents New Colours to Oswestry Army Cadet Force

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