L/R: ‘Tiny’ Hick, Jack Frost, Dave Naris, Glyn Guymer, ‘Big John’ Westland in the Mess, 1965
Ken Lacey (L) and ‘Jock’ Barkess, 1966 Jack Russell in the Cellar Bar, 1965 Barry Arnold (L), ‘Ally’ Watson at Vogelsang, 1964 L/R: Jimmy James, supported by John Westland, Christmas Draw in the Mess, 1965 L/R: Robbie Thomson, Ken Lacey, Dave ‘Smudge’ Smith in the Westland/Lacey/Smith/Edgar room, 1966 Lenny Want, 3 tours in Muenster and still taking photos, 1967 L/R: Jack Frost, Ron Brocklesby, Eric Howarth, Graham ‘Torchy’ Phillips, (?), Tom Renforth, John Westland, Dave Fretwell, Bob Rose, Bill ‘Lefty’ Maxton, Jimmy Atherton, WO2 Maurice Caldecott, 1964
It doesn’t look much as a club, but the following 4 photos are of the Cpl’s Mess, on the first floor at York Bks. It was the social heart of the Unit, much loved by ‘living-in’ Unit members and a place of endless fun and relaxation – and hangovers! Between 1965 – 1968 it also played host to visits by The Rolling Stones, Bee Gees, The Who, Peter & Gordon who had all been performing at the Halle Muensterland. The Beach Boys almost made it to the Mess, but ran out of time after their show – as did The Kinks!
Decorated for Christmas – Lcpl Robbins ACC playing ‘Rotomint’, top right -1967 Looking from the bar towards the dance floor Note photo of Jimmy James/Willi on top shelf – photo elsewhere on this website Bar stools, often used as a drum kit by a young NCO!
L/R: Viv & Paddy Kane , Christmas 1966 L/R: ‘Willi’ – kitchen, Capt N C Allen, ‘Auguste’ -cleaner, Rear ‘Sgt ‘Pop’ Rowe, Ssgt Fred Bennett , Christmas 1965 ‘Taff’ Adams ACC (L), Bill Turner – having a fag! L/R: Sheila Fretwell, Dave Fretwell, Bob Rose, Brenda Rose, Rear: John Westland, ‘Tiny’ Hick, Pete Isted – 1967 ‘Chic’ Harding saying farewell – 16 Sept 67 L/R: Bob Fowles, John Westland, Dave Bullen, Dave MacGregor 1968 L/R: Tom Middleton, Margaret Middleton, Mary James (rear), Jimmy James, 1967 Ron Brocklesby with cardboard cut-out, 1965
Robbie Thomson (L) John Westland – Christmas 1965 L/R: Barry Arnold, Phil ‘Pip’ Croft, Kevin Jobson, Pete Isted – 1967 L/R: Barry Arnold, Bill Turner, Robbie Thomson, 1965 L/R: Allan Edgar, Bill Turner, Keith Hay, John Westland, Robbie Thomson, Alan Mews, Jock Barkess – Bill’s birthday bash 1966 Rear L/R: Harry Simmonds (RP staff, 15/19H), Barry Drew ACC, Robbie Thomson, Dave Naris, Fred Lea, Front L/R: Harry Phillips, Jimmy James, John’Chico’ Wilkinson – Mike Bliss with camera. Corps Day coach trip to Amsterdam, 20th Jun 1967
Rear L/R: Fred Lea, Jimmy James, John Westland, Keith Hay, Front: Alan Mews, Robbie Thomson Heidi Lorenzen (L), John Wilkinson Bill Grant (L), JimmyTurpie ACC – 1967 Paddy Kane (L), Harry Phillips, Reunion May 1989 John Fowles (L), Paddy Mackle (Rear), Mel Cole (R), Ann Fowles (Middle) – Cellar Bar fancy dress event, 1967 Bill Grant (L), John Mallory, Fancy Dress event, 1967
Robbie Thomson (L) Dave ‘Smudge’ Smith – Fancy Dress event, 1967 L/R: Robbie Thomson, ‘Pop’ Rowe, John Wilkinson, pre-lunch drinks in Mess, Christmas Day, 1965 Jimmy James (L), John Williams, car park in front of Duty Room, near 4 Flt AAC office, York Bks – 1966
Fred Campbell – 1964 Jimmy James – 1964 Keith Hay – 1964
Mike Bliss (L) and Bernie Walsh in Bernie’s ‘duty room’ at the bottom of the garden! 2019 Bill Grant, Amsterdam visit, 1967 L/R: Jack Frost, Glyn Guymer, Allan Edgar in the Mess, 1965
L/R: Glyn Guymer, Dave Smith, John Westland -1964 Centre, L/R: Marlies, Heidi Lorenzen, Phil Croft. Top left: Heiner, top right: Dave Naris, Jimmy James – 1966 L/R: Terry Regent (front), (?),(?), Sheila Regent, Paddy Kane – 1966 Dave Smith in uniform, below him: Betty Rowe and Ken Lacey, top right: Ron Brocklesby and Gerry Rossbander – 1966 L/R: (?), Dave Smith, WO2 Brian Gater – 1966 Glyn Guymer (L), Dave Smith – 1964 Annita Mobbs (L) and Mick Mobbs in Duty Room – 1966 L/R: David Naris, Steen Naris (rear), Jimmy James, Mary James – 1966
L/R: Bob Allen, Jock Barkess, Keith Hay, Barry Arnold, Jimmy Daniel – visit to Becks Brewery – 1966
L/R: Robbie Thomson, Maureen Turpie, Jimmy Turpie ACC – 2003 L/R: Edna Bullen, Robbie Thomson, Dave Bullen – 2003 Bernie Walsh (L), Garry Joynes, RMPA meeting, 2019 L/R: (?), Diane Maxton, Bill ‘Lefty’ Maxton, Barry Arnold – Lefty’s wedding, April 1965
L/R: Robbie Thomson, Margaret Westland, John Westland – 2003 John Westland (L), Harry Phillips – 2015 Alf Goodchild (L), Ken Lacey, Reunion 2002 Keith Hay – 1966 Aa See, Munster – 1966 Rear, L/R: Jane Brocklesby, (?) Taylor, Ron Brocklesby, Joe Taylor, Front: Marlies – 1966 L/R: ‘Jock’ Barkess, Keith Hay, Bob Rose, Becks Brewery 1966 L/R: (?), Taff Adams ACC, Barry Drew ACC, Becks Brewery, 1966 Capt Rogers (back to camera) – bottom right, Barry Arnold, Jimmy Daniel, Brian Gater, Becks Brewery 1966 L/R: Fred Bennett, John Westland, John Williams, Barry Crossley, Becks brewery 1966 L/R: Barry Arnold, Ken Lacey, Dave Smith, John Westland, Gerry Rossbander, Ron Brocklesby, Paddy Kane 1966 L/R: Ron Brocklesby, Paddy Kane, Mick Mobbs 1966 L/R: Jane Brocklesby, (?) Taylor, Ron Brocklesby 1966 1st Left: Bob Rose, Rear L/R: Dave Naris, Steen Naris, Jimmy James, Mary James, 1966
L/R: Mick Mobbs, ‘Willi’, Harry Phillips – 1967 Brenda Rose (L), Paddy Mackle – 1967 Robin Buzza – not happy about going swimming! 1967 Robbie Thomson – “I ain’t bovvered!” – 1966 Joe Taylor (L), Bill Grant in Cellar Bar – 1967 Jim Atkinson (L), Bill Grant in Cellar Bar – 1967 L/R: Terry Lambley, Tom Middleton (front), Jimmy James, Mel Cole – 1968 Paddy Kane (L), Brian Grimshaw – 1968 L/R: Terry Regent, John Williams, Annita Mobbs, Mick Mobbs – 1966 Dave Naris in Cellar Bar – 1965
Alan ‘Jock’ Barkess – 1967 (L) Horst Hopp, resident sign writer and Harry Phillips – 1967 John Westland (L), Fred Lea – 1968 L/R: (?), Robbie Thomson, Dave MacGregor, Front: Back of Bernie Walsh’s head! 1968
Glyn Guymer (L), Jack Frost Rear, L/R: Phil Croft, Kevin Jobson, Barry Arnold, Pete Isted, Jack Frost, 1967 L/R: Ken Lacey, John Westland, Harry Phillips, Dave ‘Smudge’ Smith – 1967 John Westland 1966 Alan Mews 1967 Jimmy James – 1967 Paddy Mackle (L), Jimmy James 1967 Rear: Bob Rose (L), Barry Arnold, Front: John Westland (L), Dave Naris – 1965 ‘Film star – wot, me?!’ John ‘Chico’ Wilkinson 1964 L/R: Dave Smith, Carole Atherton, Jimmy Atherton, Marlies, Jack Frost – 1965
Sgt Bob Wray, SIB receives Christmas draw prize from John Westland, Tina Essler looking on, Ann Fowles (blonde) behind – 1966
Charlotte’s pommes frittes stall, opposite Hauptbahnhof. Charlotte behind counter, on right. 1965
Marlies (L) and Heiner – 1967 Harry Simmonds (15/19H) and Grace Simmonds – 1967 “Here’s tae us” Harry Phillips – 1967 Bernie Walsh (front), Mike Bliss (middle), Bill Turner – 1967
Carole and Jimmy Atherton, fancy dress party, Hiltrup, Feb 1965
Middle, ‘Torchy’ Phillips, Keith Hay, Alan Mews in uniform. 1966 L/R Rear: (?), Brenda Rose, Mrs Greaves, (?), Bob Greaves. Front, (?), Bob Rose – 1966 Front left: Barry Drew ACC, Front right: Heidi Lorenzen, Heiner. At bar, L/R: John Wilkinson, (?), ‘Taff’ Adams ACC, Barry Arnold, (?), John Westland, Smudge Smith, ‘Chic’ Harding, ‘Pop’ Rowe, Brian Gater 1966
Alan Mews, Sonthofen, 1966 Robbie Thomson, Sonthofen, 1966 Alan Mews, Mick Bliss at rear, Sonthofen, 1966
Alan Mews (L), Robbie Thomson, Sonthofen, 1966 When 6 Bde moved to Barnard Castle, 4 Gds Bde Pro Unit moved into their York Bks location – 1968
The main gate into York Bks, photographed by Bernie Walsh and Mel Cole during a visit in Oct 2013 The 4/7RDG then 10H guardroom during 1965 – 1968, inside the main gate.
Top, L/R:Barry Mountford, Robbie Thomson, Alan Mews, Middle: Barry Arnold, Jack Frost, Mel Cole, Bottom: Bernie Walsh, Zoom get-together, Feb 2021 Paddy Brennan’s 6 Bde plaque made for him by the Unit signwriter when Paddy was CQMS at Osnabruck
Kevin Jobson, Cellar Bar, 1966 Car park, outside duty room L/R: Fred Lea, Marlies, Maureen Lea – 1967 L/R: (?), (?), Bob Wray SIB, Paddy Kane, Viv Kane Rear: Robin Buzza, Frank Huggett, interpreter, Mrs Jim Daniel – 1967 Dave ‘Smudge’ Smith (L), Barry Arnold Alan ‘Jock’ Barkess – 1968
L/R: Alan Mews, Robbie Thomson, Gerhart Rossbander, Interpreter. 1965 Glyn Guymer (L), Robbie Thomson 1965 Mick Barwick Mick Barwick (left) and colleagues at 1 (BR) Corps Pro Coy RMP. 1968
The Schnellimbiss stall at Münster Hauptbahnhof, viewed by Bernie and Mel during their 2013 visit to Münster. Charlotte’s ‘brattie stall’ was on the opposite side of the road, but is now gone.
L/R: Andrew Moon, Garry Joynes, Maj John Tasker, Mick Piotrowski at RMPA Manchester Branch get-together in Bernie Walsh’s garden – Aug 2021 Maj John Tasker (L) and Bernie Walsh – RMPA get-together, Aug 2021
Namesake! Spud Taylor 2021.
Barry Arnold, Guernsey, Sept 2021 L/R: Edna Bullen, Alf Elwell, Dave Bullen, Sept 2021 Bernie Walsh(L) and Mel Cole, Oct 2021 Petra Walsh (L) and Liz, Oct 2021. Two photos taken in Bernie’s bar at the bottom of the garden! Next day Mel successfully proposed to Liz – well done you two. Submitted by Gordon Roberts with acknowledgement to Giles for this old newspaper cartoon.