Lutyens’ Memorial,
1922
outside Wellington Barracks main gate


Lutyens’ Memorial,
after 1961
in the
Memorial Gardens outside RHQ

Bury

Wellington Barracks
&
Castle Armoury
Drill Hall



Do you remember Fus Hesketh and where is he now

We think 1955 to 1957

We think the Sgt is Greenwood 2nd in in front rank Alan Bimpsom 1st guy front rank is one of the Tooth Family

half face 2nd in one of the Pollitts


Click here to see over 76 photos sent in
by
Anthony Bramham
of
Wellington Barracks 1959

Click here for
The Feature Page of Bernard Gregory 1st and 2nd Bn Lancashire Fusiliers 1952 to 1959


National Service, 1959.
By
Tony Bowles

I was home from work as usual about 6pm, but there was a strange atmosphere. 'there's a letter from 'On Her Majesty's Service' My call up papers had arrived at long last.
I was beginning to think perhaps I had been overlooked, after all I was now nearly twenty two years old having served an apprenticeship with deferred call up an option.
A bag of nerves I opened the letter with father, mother and sister quietly looking on. I was to report to Bury Barracks on the first week of Bolton's annual fortnights holiday, we still had 'Wakes Week' then.
I went to work the following day and found to my amazement, Stan Tudge, a fellow worker, was called up on the same day, same place, same regiment, The Lancashire Fusiliers.

We met in Bolton for a last pint as civilians at a pub just twenty yards from the 23 bus service to Bury. Looking at two years then it seemed a lifetime, looking back now at fifty years ago this year I wonder how it went so fast.

We arrived at Wellington Barracks somewhere around mid day and were ushered to the canteen for a taste of army food and our first taste of army life. It was also my first taste of meatballs and string beans. I was gobsmacked to be served by a cousin of mine serving with the Catering Corp.
After our meal we were assembled and given our respective platoon placements. Our draft proved to be a very large one, enough for three platoons, Inkerman, Cassino and Spion Kop. All very mysterious names to me at the time, but enlightenment came and we began to digest regimental history as we went along.
Sergeants Pritchard, Cassino, Smith, Inkerman and Lyons Spion Kop took charge of us and with great efficiency as if by magic we were kitted out, fitted out and quartered.
The tv hit 'Hut twenty nine' immediately sprang to mind, we even had a 'Ted Lune ' look a like, who in fact was a very nice lad.
Our new abode, a wooden nissen hut, one of a row situated just below the playing fields toward the barracks perimeter. The three platoons accommodation were side by side and quite large really, large enough to house our intake of some one hundred and twenty new recruits.
My mate was allotted Inkerman and from that point on our social lives changed over the next two years.
Reveille was to be the most important call of the day and saw a scramble onto the road in front of our barrack rooms to the shouts of corporals and lance corporals giving out orders to a complete and utter 'shower', this was a new and demanding life for all of us and a sense of humour would be a blessing. It was on this road we were given the rudiments of moving in time, basic drill and obeying a given order, immediately.
Later we were introduced to R.S.M.Alley who managed with very few words put the fear of god into new recruits, his first orders for us was to get our hair cut, any thoughts of crew cuts and style were quickly put to rest, anything below the beret was shaved to the 'wood'.
The barber was a civilian who's barber shop was a hut just across from the barracks, no amount of pleading by the lads detracted him from the orders of R.S.M.Alley, down to the wood. One young man I can never forget was John Collins from Salford, he came in with an immaculate 'Teddy Boy' dress and the most glorious head of hair, thick black and curly with an equally immaculate 'D.A.'. I was present as the barber set to and removed the lovingly styled hairdo. A plea to leave on what he could only led to a great mop of thick hair being left under the beret but when the beret was removed the head looked like a black fuzz on top of a billiard ball, John was truly crestfallen. He wasn't alone, some one hundred and twenty other new fusiliers kept him company. I think the barber had a very good Bury holiday fortnight, which always followed Bolton's two weeks later.
During our early running around we caught sight of the draft prior to ours returning to barracks from a stay at Holcombe ranges, I was very impressed. Shirtsleeve order, marching smartly back with shouldered arms looking every inch like long time regulars, surely we would never look like that, I was of course going by the way early drill was working out with all the classic clangers. These guys had only been drafted eight or so weeks before us.

Among our training groups were a few young lads who were in between the two intakes, regulars who had signed on then mixed in with us. They were quite valuable in that they had already picked up a few 'wrinkles', bulling the pimples from our new boots, how to blanco, polish brasses, square our beds, press BD's, in fact all the basics, the best sergeants, the worst NCO's, we had apparently the best sergeant, sergeant Bill Pritchard, under him we would have the best platoon award. The three platoons would bring about a highly competitive edge to our training, ideal for honing teamwork to a high standard. Sergeant Pritchard was a confident man, although it maybe inspiring to his wards he predicted we would be 'best platoon' and not only that, we would also furnish the 'best recruit'. He was right on both counts.
Soon, against all odds we were beginning to resemble the draft before us, though we had some way to go, we jumped when told to jump, ran when told to run, doubled when told to double. As some one who hated the army and only here because I had to be, I was surprised to find myself being proud as we began to march and drill with an expertise not thought to be possible early days. I was a National Service Man, keep your nose clean, do your two years and get out, simple.
September arrived, passing out parade day was near and we had rehearsals after rehearsals with R.S.M. Alley getting more involved as the big day drew close culminating in our C.O. inspecting the parade and choosing the 'best recruit' of the intake from a guard comprised of each platoons candidates.
Bill Pritchard was a proud sergeant as he gained the distinction of best platoon and best recruit, a double no less, and I was the dubbed 'Commanding Officers Stick Man'. Oddly enough, beside Bill Pritchard predicting I would gain that distinction, sergeant Lyons had asked me whilst on the firing rage if I would consider a transfer to Spion Kop, he was also convinced I would be best recruit. Personally I thought they were both wrong, I only wanted to get through with as little trouble as possible, they ( sergeants) saw something I didn't.

Come the big day, blues will be worn, band and drums, families invited, the ceremony began to take my whole being over, the proud traditions of the Lancashire Fusiliers were beginning to be instilled.
I took my place on the square with an escort by my side, a corporal, again my perusal of LF's at rest brought back these vivid memories, by the name of Paul Harrison. Paul was respected by us as an, 'old sweat' with a good deal of service already in and was noted for being unflappable and, unlike some, a well liked corporal.
Today I look at my memento of the day , a small silver plated cup engraved 'best recruit September 1959' and remember how proud I felt parading in front of my very proud father and mother, sisters and uncle and of course the rest of my fellow trainees and sergeant Pritchard.
I also remember the board inside the archway entrance to Wellington Barracks, directly opposite the guard room, listing the best recruits of past intakes and the dates awarded, I often wonder what happened to it.
As a reluctant serviceman I have to admit, though I never would at the time, just how much the Lancashire Fusiliers enriched my life. The web page brings back so many stories and for every story, there is a story within a story. Captain Whacker Brown, Captain Cartwright, Lieutenant Jewkes, Joe Kelly, Ken Scragg, Corporals Pete Singleton, Kenny Stubbs, Ronnie McDonald, Jimmy Mills and his long time friend Jessie Owen, so many, and a story attached to each and everyone of them.
It is said that there is a book in all of us, I can certainly vouch for that.

As a footnote I might add that the summer of 1959 was one of the hottest and longest, for a period, water was only turned on for a few minutes in the morning and the same again in the evening, you had to be quick so as not to be on a charge for parading unshaven. Water carts were sent out to outlying districts, it was a very serious situation. Eventually those living within travelling distance were allowed home for the weekend to have a decent bath.

Tony Bowles, signals platoon 59/61.


Col. Mike Glover's
History

of
Wellington Barracks

Importance of Wellington Barracks
Regimental Heritage

North West Social and Industrial Heritage

Bury Heritage

Barracks in the UK up until 1840s
Why Bury was chosen as site for barracks
Life in barracks in 1840s
Brief history of occupation
Today and the future
. Instruments of War

Barracks are an instrument of war. They are built to make better soldiers and more effective armies. Barracks are no less importance in warfare as leadership, doctrine, logistics or a strong economy. throughout the last 300 years barracks have conferred a clear military advantage on states which have them.

Early Appearance

They first made their appearance as quarters for elite guard units, such as the Roman Praetorian Guard, the Varangian Guard of the Byzantine emperors or indeed, the Household Guard of British sovereigns. Earliest to survive Foot Guards barrack at Hampton Court 1689
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Foot Guards Barracks, Hampton Court Palace, 1689

Plymouth Citadel, 1665

Battle Revolution

From the 17th Century battlefield tactics underwent a revolution as the effects of gunpowder and industrialisation made their presence felt. Highly trained and disciplined became too valuable to be lost at the end of the campaigning season. Thus armies did not disband and became permanent or standing. They therefore needed somewhere to live.

Permanent Accommodation

These armies became too large for civilian society to sustain, through traditional means of scavenging, looting and free quartering. So the state was forced to provide permanent accommodation.

Evolution of Barracks.

Barracks in the British Isles are uneven in terms of architecture, planning and geography. But were driven by the need of the state to apply its policies at home and abroad and to protect itself against the policies of rival powers.

Role of Armed Forces

Britain has traditionally maintained forces for three principal roles:

foreign war;
defence of the realm;
unholding the civil order.

These three have been the primary drivers in barrack building. Aldershot is a product of the Crimean War, the works around Plymouth, Portsmouth and Dover to prevent French invasion and construction in Ireland and Scotland focused on upholding the civil order.


Authority of Government

Support to the Government was the main role of the army during peacetime. From the passing of the Riot Act in 1715 until the gradual extension of a civilian police force during the reign of Queen Victoria, troops continued to be used to control political and industrial unrest well into the 20th Century. Northern Ireland is a modern instance of this enduring role.

Constitutional Objections

From the establishment of the standing army in the 17th Century and particularly after the Glorious Revolution of 1688, constitutional objectives were raised to the construction of barracks. It was thought that a standing army isolated within barracks posed a greater potential threat to parliamentary independence than one dispersed among the populace. Barracks were associated with the absolutist regimes of the Bourbons and Hapsburgs.

War Against the French

In the 1790s, civil unrest followed by national emergency swept away the old constitutional objectives. It was no longer possible to put up with the problem of billeting under the intense demands of national defence and a hasty campaign of barracks construction commenced. By the end of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, the great majority of British troops at home lived in barracks.

Scandal

By the middle of the 19th Century, objections were no longer directed against barracks themselves, but at the appalling conditions endured by their inhabitants. The debate over military accommodation was influenced by two broad views. The traditionalists who believed that the rank and file were irremediably bad and only controllable by violence. The reformers who hoped to raise morale tone by improving living conditions, education and religion.

Cardwell Reforms

A significant part of the Cardwell reform of the 1870s focussed on the issue of recruitment. The localisation scheme was introduced which moved the depot of the 20th Foot to Bury. An extensive and costly barracks construction programme was instituted which in part was intended to make life more appealing.

Move to Large Camps

The latter part of the 19th Century and the withdrawal of the British Army from Ireland confirmed the development of large camps such as Aldershot and Catterick. The demands of two world wars proved that small local barracks could not support the needs of 20th Century warfare and slowly but surely barracks like Bury were closed down.

WHY BURY BARRACKS?

Internal Order

The end of hostilities with France in 1815 meant a return to pre war priorities of internal order and control. The policy of maintaining soldiers, in barracks, in areas where local magistrates felt threatened continued.

New Building

Outside London, new barracks were built during the period of the anti-Corn Law riots in the 1840s, the Reform Bill riots of the 1830s and Chartist agitation 1838 to 1848. In the first half of the 19th Century rapid industrialisation was causing social and political stress. Falling real wages, cyclical unemployment and bad harvests were exacerbated by local conditions. Particularly hard hit groups were those communities of hardworkers whose skills and livelihoods were rendered obsolete by mechanisation in the textile industry, such as East Lancashire.

The Napier Report

In 1840 a report was commissioned into the barrack situation in the northern textile towns. Major General Sir Charles Napier, the Commanding Officer in the Northern District was asked to assess the security situation in the Northern District.

Napier was a strong believer in the value of barracks to the army. In his report he commented:

"There is no better military school for officers and privates than a large garrison and in these times it is perhaps wise to keep soldiers together as much as possible".

19. His two principle concerns were to avoid dispersing his forces in small detachments when they would risk becoming isolated and destroyed in detail and to be able to move men sufficiently rapidly to arrive at a disturbance in time to be of use. In this his analysis included the use of the newly expanding railway system.

20. Accordingly he recommended abandoning small outposts in Haydock Lodge, Rochdale, Bolton, Wigan, Todmorden, Blackburn and Liverpool.

21. His central recommendation was that several large new barracks be built. Sites were chosen with a strategic view of communications in the whole area of the Pennines, for the first time taking into account the impact of the new railway system and its ability to quickly move large bodies of troops. In fact, the railways would largely influence the distribution of the Victorian army.


Selection of Sites

As the new barracks were to be built near a railway line, the towns initially selected were Bury, Ashton-under-Lyne, and Blackburn, but was replaced by Preston. The barracks at Bury and Ashton, were built between 1842 and 1845, each for two companies of infantry, 270 men and a 48 man troop of horse. Fulwood Barracks in Preston would house a battalion of infantry, two troops of cavalry and a troop of guns, over 1200 men. Barrack in Sheffield, Bristol and Wales followed.

Defence Against Civil Disorder

The construction of the barracks fell to the Royal Engineers who adopted a relatively consistent layout. For the first time the barracks were designed to be defensible against civil disorder. They were surrounded by a wall with corner bastions from which the garrison could fire on an attacking force.

24. The assumption was made that any attacking force would consist of an ill-organised crown with hand-made pikes, tools and a few firearms. Barracks were not designed to withstand artillery.

LIFE IN BARRACKS

Design

The layout of the Napier Barracks centred on the parade ground with soldiers accommodation each side in cross-lit rooms on two floors separated by entrance passages with staircases. The officers' quarters and mess were across one end, with an administrative range with a tall, central archway through from the entrance.

Living Conditions

An analysis of parliamentary returns for 1847 show how bad basic facilities in barracks were:

63% only had water pumped from a well;
19 only had access to rainwater stored in cisterns;
60% had no covered space for washing;
74% had nowhere to wash clothes.

WCs for officers only and were rare. Private soldiers used communal lavatories, sitting on ladder-like seats over cesspits. Open, wooden urine tubs stood in a corner of the barrack room for use at night.

Rooms were lit by oil lamps or candles, issued by the barrack masters according to the King's Warrants. Heating in winter was provided by open fireplaces and coal was issued on a warrant by the barrack master. The fireplaces in the barrack rooms were also used for heating food.


Education

Reform minded officers sought to raise the character of the soldier by providing a better environment through sports and education. Regimental libraries started as an innovation by individual Commanding Officers. However, 60% of private soldiers were still illiterate by the end of the 19th Century. Regimental schools were established from 1846. In some barracks a fives court was included.

BRIEF HISTORY

Building Phases

Completed in 1845, further work was started in 1872 and completed in 1880. During this phase the original defences largely disappeared. Later additional alterations included the gymnasium and in 1939 the hutted camp constructed to accommodate the Militiamen, the predecessors of the National Servicemen.

Move of the Depot

In 1873, the Depot of the XX moved from Exeter to Wellington Barracks. Devonshire had never produced sufficient recruits and following the practice of the time, the Regiment had when stationed in England moved about the country to find recruits. As a result of the Industrial Revolution and the growth of population in the North, the Regiment began to recruit in Lancashire. After particular success in Preston, in the winter of 1798-9, the XX began to rely on Lancashire more and more.

Boer War and the Great War

The Depot played its part in providing reinforcements for the War in South Africa, including volunteers from the volunteer battalions. Following the Boer War the Haldane Reforms witnessed the creation of the Territorial Force and an effective reserve for the Regular Army. Clothing and equipment was to be stored for reservists at Wellington and a block was built to hold these vital stores.

War Declared

War was declared on the 4th August 1914. The next day 1,454 reservists reported to Wellington Barracks. By the 7th August 648 had been fully equipped and despatched to bring the 2nd Battalion up to establishment. The 2nd Battalion was serving in the UK as part of the 4th Division. It would form part of the original B.E.F. and distinguish itself at the Battle of le Cateau. They along with the rest of the original B.E.F. would adopt the nickname of the "Old Contemptibles".

Special Reserve Battalions

The following day the 3rd and 4th (Special Reserve) Battalions left for their war stations at strengths of 1,200 and 389 respectively. Thereafter, the Depot dealt with recruits for reserve battalions, up to November 1917, ex prisoners of war and men sent for rehabilitation following discharge from hospital, its strength varied from 200 to 900.

Welfare

In addition parcels of food and clothing were collected and sent to prisoners of war and to hospitals. Also a great deal of welfare work was undertaken in connection with widows and families of soldiers killed in action. The cost of the First World War was 13,642 all ranks killed or dead of wounds or disease. The number of wounded will never be known.

Between the Wars

Following the First World War the Depot reverted to its peace-time role. The majority of recruits were then on engagements of 7 years with the Colours and 5 with the Reserve, spending some five months at the Depot before joining the battalion.

The Second World War

In July 1939, following the introduction of compulsory military training, the first Militiamen joined the service. This necessitated the expansion of accommodation and the building of the hutted camp.

Mobilization

Mobilization for the Second World War in September 1939 followed a similar pattern to 1914. Thereafter the Depot became an Infantry Training Centre (ITC) organised to train men for existing and newly formed battalions. This continued until September 1941, when the training of these men moved elsewhere. In order to safeguard regimental property and interests, a small caretaker party remained in Wellington Barracks, which were occupied from November of that year until early in 1946 by the Military College of Science.

Post War

In 1946 the Depot was organised as the 20th Primary Training Centre for the initial instruction of recruits of all arms, the further training of infantry recruits being carried out at an Infantry Training Centre. This system was replaced in April 1948 by the training of all recruits at central establishments and the Depot was reduced to a small cadre including the Regimental Headquarters and Museum.

National Service

Despite a brief resurgence in 1952 when the Depot reopened for the training of National Servicemen. With the end of National Service its days were numbered. It was declared surplus to requirements in the 1960s, sold to the Council and by 1968 it had been demolished, with only the QMs Block, Drill Shed and Lutyens Memorial remaining.

 

Major General Napier’s map of the Northern District, demonstrating the distribution of the military stations in the area and the communication routes between them.

Fulwood Barracks,Preston 1848


Ladysmith Barracks, 1846


Bury Barracks, 1846

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Main Entrance Circa 1902

Detail of Staircase, 1968


View of Present Regimental Headquarters

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Former Married Soldiers’ Quarters

Headquarters Block and Main Entrance

Officers’ Mess

Parade Square
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Regimental Museum


Hutted Camp

Militia and Wellington Barracks, 1890

Reservist Mobilization Store
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17th Battalion 1915

18th Battalion, The Bantams, 1915

Militia Training 1938

Militia Training 1938
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Minden Day 1958

Opening RHQ 15th April 1961

Lutyens’ Memorial, 1922

The last passing out parade of recruits at Wellington Barracks ,4th February 1961.Amongst the recruits passing out this day were the last LF National Servicemen.
Were you one of them?


Wellington Barracks Today

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Click on the link below to see the history of the Bury Drill Hall

http://www.mbbcanal.demon.co.uk/trail/bury/castle/castle.html

 


HISTORY OF CASTLE ARMOURY

In 1859, the 8th Lancashire (Bury) Rifle Volunteer Corps was formed, raising the problem of providing shelter and drilling facilities for the new unit. A new Drill Hall was proposed, funded for by public subscription and a former Bury Member of Parliament, Mr R N Philips, laid the foundation stone of the Drill Hall on a typically wet Bury day in August 1868.

The Drill Hall was built on the historical site of Bury Castle, a 13th century Keep owned by the powerful Pilkington family, Lords’ of the Manor of Bury. It incorporated some original castle material into its structure and a section of the original moat is preserved in front of the present building. In keeping with the 13th century architecture of the castle, the new Drill Hall was built in a fortified style. Castlellations, gargoyles, turrets, towers, arrow slits and other Norman architectural features contributed to the ancient-looking façade. In the 1880s with the advent of steam engines, a tram depot was built next to the Drill Hall using the same architectural features. This building, however, made way for a new Drill Hall extension in 1907.

The opening of the Drill Hall extension also marked one of Bury’s royal visits. HRH The Duke of Connaught, brother of King Edward VII officially opened the building on 23rd November 1907. A year earlier Colonel George Edward Wike, the Commanding Officer of the Bury Volunteer Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers (1900-1907), personally raised £7,500 for the new building extension and was given the privilege of laying the foundation stone on a bitterly cold autumn morning in October 1906. Subsequently Colonel Wike was made a Freeman of the Borough in 1911. The Drill Hall extension kept to the same style as the original building. A new main gate was built into the extension, consisting of a large semi-circular arch, decorative columns and timber portcullis, flanked by the building dates 1868 and 1907. Above the gate a large Coat of Arms is present, incorporating the Lancashire Fusiliers badge and motto “Omnia Audax”, translating to “Dare Anything”.

The Lancashire Fusiliers date from the landings of Prince William of Orange (later King William III) at Torbay in 1688, when he was met by a number of noblemen who were then commissioned to raise Regiments for his service against the deposed James II. Colonel Sir Robert Peyton, one of these, had served under the Prince in Holland and raised a Regiment of Foot containing six independent companies in the Exeter area. In 1782 the title was changed to the XX or East Devon Regiment of Foot and from the 1st July 1881 as XX The Lancashire Fusiliers. The historical link between Bury and the Fusiliers started during the latter part of the 18th and early part of the 19th century. The XX had been very successful in recruiting from the Lancashire area and a Regimental Depot was established at Wellington Barracks, Bury in 1881, following the renaming of the regiment. Wellington Barracks became XX The Lancashire Fusiliers Regimental Headquarters in 1961.

A Reserve Forces Corps of Lancashire Volunteers had already been firmly established at Castle Armoury since 1868, later becoming The Lancashire Fusiliers 5th Battalion (Volunteers). In 1968 The Lancashire Fusiliers became part of the newly formed Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

January 1943 was a terrible year in Castle Armoury’s long history. A member of the National Fire Service, Fireman Walter Sunderland (39) died tackling a ferocious fire at the site. An explosion rocked the building and threw Fireman Sunderland and several colleagues through the windows. He died of his injuries, while others were taken to the infirmary. Almost the entire building was destroyed, with hundreds of shop windows blown out along The Rock. The nearby church took full force of the blast with £1,000 of damage to its stained glass windows. While many other cities and towns had their centres destroyed by Nazi bombing raids, Bury’s was destroyed from within. It was not believed that arson was to blame for the tragic events, however evidence later suggested the fire originated in or near to the heating apparatus. The fire was discovered at approximately 6 am, the alarm being raised by a local railway worker. Firemen from Bury and the surrounding districts were rushed to the scene. They at once concentrated their efforts on preventing the fire spreading and tackled the flames from inside the building. The fatal explosion occurred at 7.30 am. An inquest was opened on Fireman Sunderland’s death at the Coroner’s office, Colonel R.M. Barlow adjudicating. A verdict of accidental death was recorded. It is often said that the spirit of Fireman Sunderland haunts the Officers’ Mess, where the accident happened.

A severe labour shortage in 1951 caused serious delays to the Drill Hall extension and restoration after the fire. Work completion was expected for the end of 1951, but took a further six months to complete.

Three plaques adorn the East wall of the Drill Hall commemorating those who fell in two World Wars and the Boer War. The Lancashire Fusiliers has a proud history, winning many Victoria Crosses for its soldiers’ heroism, notably the ‘six VC’s before breakfast’ won at Gallipoli in 1915. 129 officers and men fell before successfully capturing the beachhead.

After the Labour Government’s Strategic Defence Review in 1998, the Fusiliers at Bury were merged into the Lancastrian and Cumbrian Volunteers. For historical reasons their name was preserved in the new title deeds, so a platoon of Fusiliers still resides at Castle Armoury, proudly displaying a hackle with their cap badge. Castle Armoury is also home to the Head quarters East Lancashire Wing of the Air Training Corps and the Bury Detachment of the Manchester Army Cadet Force. In addition G Squadron of 207 (Manchester) Field Hospital (Volunteers), arrived as the lead unit in the summer of 1999. It is envisaged that Castle Armoury will continue to provide suitable training and social amenities for members of the Territorial Army and the cadet organisations for many years to come.

 

 
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Layout of Colours
St Mary's Church
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Caption on newspaper says farewell to
Bury
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answer closing of Wellington Barracks
17th March 1961


Opening RHQ 15th April 1961
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This photo was taken in the RHQ the old QM's (my Grandads) office he is on photo 7B
Dennis

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Right markers before passing out parade,Wellington Barracks june 1960
( Bill Eddlestone in the middle) for Gallipoli Ptn

Gallipoli Ptn march past

Brigadier Festing
taking the salute

Sgt George Pilkington
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These next two photos have been sent in by John Cassidy

Charlie Hagan now in Lives in Canada

Demo Platton and later Cyprus


This must be one of the last photos taken of the Lutyens Memorial outside the barracks gate 1960

sent in by

Clifford Tilley

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"Complete strength at Wellington Barracks
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Parade at Bury FC
not sure of date

Minden 1938 at Bury FC
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sent in by Dave Rowland

Harry Rowland is 5th from the right front row he is davids dad


This photo was found by Steven Fitt

Comments from Maurice Taylor
Nice one of Minnie and Fusilier Albert Dwyer

The officer turning round is Lt Col Bowen, CO of 1LF. You might know there were twin Bowen brothers Charles and Hugh both in the Regiment pre war. I think eventually one commanded 1LF and the other 2LF but don't quote me on that it needs to be confirmed. I know they were both good sprinters and they ran for England in the 1936 Olympics in front of Hitler. Sadly in 1961 Hugh Bowen (Junior) joined me as a 2/Lt in Osnabruck fresh from Ampleforth and Sandhurst. The Catholic padre was going on a retreat to Lourdes and I asked Hugh would he like to go. En route to France with the Padre driving they had an accident and Hugh was killed outright, the Padre was knocked about, broke hips etc so a promising young officer had his life taken away....I think he was only 21 and had been with us for just a couple of months...I went to his funeral somewhere near Southampton with David Lloyd Jones. His mother was heart-broken.

The officer behind the CO is then Captain Jimmy Grover who was sometime Adjutant and later became our CO in Osnabruck. Jimmy Grover did not last long he died of a heart attack shortly after he handed over he must have been in his early forties I think Jim Wilson followed him? We were all hoping for a Lancastrian at the time, Jim Martlew, but the powers that be imported an outsider...shame.

The Pioneer Sgts I cannot place?

"1959 Visit to MINDEN Bicentenery and Nijmegen march."

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