bigjohn

There is many a good tune played on an old fiddle.

  • Warning! Elderly Person Blogging

    elderly1.jpg

    Creative Commons License
    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

    t-blogger.jpg

    lion-2.jpg

  • Awarded by Terri. Click below for 'Island Writer'.

  • My Life and Times

    I was born in 1939 BC. That's 'Before Computers'. Luckily I survived the following events in my life, such as World War II, The London Blitz, Rationing, and worst of all... Archbishop Temple's School.

    me-poster.jpg

    me-r-book.jpg

    a-b-t-1.jpg

    During the mid 1950s I was enjoying Rock 'n' Roll and being a first generation teenager, when suddenly, just like Elvis, I found myself in uniform during 'The Cold War'...and then

    copy-me-rr.jpg

    me-w-badge.jpg

    wed-baby.jpg

    I became 'a family'. Which meant that I sort of missed the 'swinging sixties', but still managed to look a complete prat in the 70s, just like everyone else.

    copy-of-70s.jpg

    me-pit.jpg

    golf-dinner.jpg

    During the 'Thatcher Years' I lost my hair and a lot of people lost a good deal more. My career fluctuated to say the least as I was demoted, promoted, fired and hired a number of times, but still I managed to stagger on into a welcome retirement and to celebrate 50 years of happy marriage.
  • September 2007
    M T W T F S S
    « Aug   Oct »
     12
    3456789
    10111213141516
    17181920212223
    24252627282930
  • Meta

  • RSS Validated.

    valid-rss.png
  • Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 50 other followers

“A volunteer is worth ….”

Posted by Big John on September 28, 2007

At the time when I started my two years of national service in 1958 very few young men were being drafted into the Royal Air Force: so instead of being trained with a ‘flight’ consisting of all conscripts, I was grouped together with a mixed bunch of what you might call ‘pressed men’ and volunteer ‘regulars’ who had ‘signed on’ for periods of between three and twentyseven years.

raf-smile.jpg 

The photograph above is part of a larger formal group and was taken a few days after I and my fellow recruits arrived at RAF Wilmslow to begin eight weeks of ‘square-bashing’ (boot camp). I’m the baby-faced one in the lower left corner.

I have selected this section of the larger group as it shows thirteen typical conscripts and just ONE volunteer…

…  Can you guess which one he is ?    -)     

About these ads

3 Responses to ““A volunteer is worth ….””

  1. Betty said

    I’d guess the one on the top right is your volunteer? Yes? No?

  2. gawilli said

    Well the gent on the upper right corner certainly looks happy to be there. That’s for sure. What really got my attention was the fact that some signed on for 27 years. Wow.

  3. Big John said

    Yes, He was the one, but after a few weeks he was taken away by ‘men in white coats’. :-)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 50 other followers

%d bloggers like this: