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Welcome to 'The 39ers Club' we are ex members of the 39th Missile Regt RA, that were stationed at Dempsey Bks., Sennelager, BFPO 16, BAOR, West Germany in the 1960's. You are welcome to join us.
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75  Date: 2007-09-29 19:30:32
sandy caughey ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

like to hear from anyone in the old regiment?

Tel- MB 07989212018.....all the best

74  Date: 2007-09-27 11:52:24
PETER BISHOP ( peter.bishop@tinyonline.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Hello All,
have any of you heard of the loc of Tom McQueen?. The last time i met up with him was NI in North Howard St 1978 (last century!!!!)
All the best to you all

Pete Bishop

73  Date: 2007-09-23 19:37:36
ERIC LAWTON ( ericlawton1@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

good old Sennelager.1966 to 1970. Quicktrain alarm and over the fence to the first boozer where POP would have the beer on the bar.HQ Bty who used to drive for the Yanks a 2 weeks with 24 in Paderbourn. "I want a driver to go to the site". Great days at Dempsey Bks e mail me your memories.

72  Date: 2007-09-19 23:30:02
lenny glace ( cariblen@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

I served with H/heavy bty 1974-78.I've been trying to get in touch with phillip greenfield,(biscit).& billy millington,
any info please get in touch.
I love the guestbook

71  Date: 2007-08-03 19:57:08
David Rowlands ( Rowlands17@web.de / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Michael,
first of all i would like to congratulate you on a very good and informative site. My father (passed away after a long illness in Nov. 1984) was in the R.A. from 1950-1972. 10 of these years he spent with 39 in Sennerlager. I believe from 1956- 1966. His name is also David Rowlands and we use to live in the Luckesastr. He always told me about his good times in the Geordies Bar. I was also in the R.A. from 1979-1992. Spending 1 year attachment to 176 Bty as a Sgt. So keep up the good work, and take care.

David Rowlands

70  Date: 2007-07-22 09:30:32
paddy bradley ( thomasbradley@talktalk.net / http://www.1stclasshire.com) wrote:

to BSM Duncan was it in 1969 we went to Palestine on exercise when trouble broke out in Libya that was when we drove from Palestine to Tabruck and took over and guarded the R.A.F. base and then a troop of us were sent to Aman to guard the survey ship at the time i was in 19 msl bty regards paddy bradley

69  Date: 2007-07-15 10:02:45
paddy bradley ( thomasbradley@talktalk.net / http://www.1stclasshire.com) wrote:

cabby, first class site, went back to dempsey bks 2004/5, it has not changed. went to see taff hughes it was great.he looks 21 instead 61, sadly his wife passed away last year she was a lovely lady, we are hoping to go over to see taff this year.

68  Date: 2007-07-12 22:19:24
eric price ( eric.price@homecall.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

I will be joining the club tomorrow but in the meantime a few names for your photo gallery. P11 Dave Maughan, P13 "Minnie" Carr and P14 Davie Hyde. I too was in that very good football team and Brian Burton, Dave Maughan and myself were all Bty clerks at the time.

67  Date: 2007-07-10 15:29:14
paddy hegarty 339 ( paddy00@arcor.de / no homepage) wrote:

hi cabby, its nice to see thatyou have a few more life members, you will get twenty at least? KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
till next time PADDY.

66  Date: 2007-06-20 22:53:27
Harold Beardsmore ( haroldbeardsmore@blueyonder.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

I joined 39 in Carlisle Sept 1959 from 17 Training Regt. Oswestry.
Went to Germany 1st Jan 1960 with Advance Party to get Dempsey Barracks ready for the Regt. I had been empty for some time so a lot of hard work was needed, which I missed because I was training with the Skiing Team at Winterberg for the first six weeks. Regiment arrived end of Feb I think, big parade led by a band from Sennelager Station.
36 Battery fired the first independent Honest John for the British Army, don't remember the exact date but I have the photo's up in the loft. Will take a while but I will dig them out asap.
I was demobbed in June 1961.

65  Date: 2007-06-17 19:47:58
Philip Rogers ( progers@globalnet.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

I was in the Regiment from April 1955 till September 1956, initially in 180 Battery, and then in 19 Battery on its reformation. Both batteries had 7.2inch hows - same carriage as the 8 inch. We were stationed at Perham Down.

64  Date: 2007-06-14 10:42:49
Denis Calvert ( dencalvert@aol.com / http://www.49dragons.co.uk) wrote:

Nice website, call in and say hello to the dragons sometime: www.49dragons.co.uk


63  Date: 2007-06-01 16:19:08
eric whitehouse ( eric.whitehouse@tesco.net / no homepage) wrote:

anybody interested in the 39med regt 1947/48 i was in the 2med regt when it changed to 39med and served in palestine.I was demobbed in 1948.

62  Date: 2007-05-29 10:23:31
colin taylor ( colintaylor3@msn.com / no homepage) wrote:

nice to know that some one out there is trying to get old pals back together keep it up ,i was in 36 bty c sec 1963/65 in paddy campbell's crew
all the best. taffy taylor 949

61  Date: 2007-05-19 17:12:32
paddy hegarty ( paddy00@arcor.de / no homepage) wrote:

only eleven life members so far, im proud to be one of the eleven.
well done cabby your doing a great job.
cheers for now.

paddy 39er

60  Date: 2007-04-30 14:30:35
Bill Owens ( bill.owens1954@btinternet.com / no homepage) wrote:

I am sadden to hear that Bob Dormandy and George Debuse have passed away... Bob was my Sergeant and George my Wo2... in the good old days of 36bty 39reg. .... Although sad it is nice to know about the updates of former mates

59  Date: 2007-04-02 18:56:16
Alfred Grimes ( alfred.grimes@btopenworld.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Folks,
If any one has a problem downloading the membership form just use Cabbys home address at the top and send him your details plus fee by snail mail.
Many Thanks
Spike (Alfred)

58  Date: 2007-04-02 16:11:42
john {paddy] hegarty ( paddy00@arcor.de / no homepage) wrote:

well done cabby, a great website and i will be wanting life membership also, so come on you ex 39ers ten pounds is not going to put you out on the street, and for all cabbys hard work its well worth it.

57  Date: 2007-04-01 14:52:42
Alfred (Spike) Grimes ( alfred.grimes@btopenworld.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hi to all you 39 EX-Gunners out there.
I would like to congratulate Michael (Cabby) Hughes on a first class web-site, he has made it possible for us old gunners to revisit the past with out leaving our armchairs, this fine web-site with all the photos and info about 39th Regt RA in the 50's 60's 70's, it reunite many many people around the world who other wise would never meet again so please spare a thought for Cabby who spends lots of time and money on bringing us these momories of the old days. I for one will be sending Michael a donation and my membership fee, hoping you will all do the same other wise this great web-site goes down the pan.
PS-Look for the membership form on this site.
Best regards to one and all.
Alfred (Spike) Grimes ex-36/39 RA

56  Date: 2007-03-15 02:26:54
Allan Lee ( algilee@ntlworld.com / no homepage) wrote:

40 years this year since i first walked through the gates of Dempsy barracks. December 7 1967 where do the years go.

55  Date: 2007-03-14 09:49:44
John Dunn ( jdpef356@hotmail.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Great site - I served in HQ bty 64 - 67 worked in RHQ (Pt 2 Orders) Mick Carter - Ken Johnson.
Remeber lots of the names Woole,Burton,Evans etc. Posted to SHAPE and returned to Dempsey in 69 Clerk in 75 Bty before discharge.Mow living in Cambridge - Will see If I can find some photos.

54  Date: 2007-03-01 00:58:33
ian holness ( ianholness@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

thank you for giving me the opportunity to view some pictures of my father and mother, Raymond and Norma Holness in their younger days, if anybody has any more pictures i can view please contact me at the address above.

53  Date: 2007-03-01 00:55:24
ian holness ( ianholness@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

for anybody that knew Norma Holness, i am sorry to announce that sadly she passed away in the early hours of saturday the 24th of february

52  Date: 2007-02-26 14:14:15
don diprose ( ddiprose@btinternet.com / no homepage) wrote:

for all of you who knew him it is sad to announce that George DeBuse passed away 4 weeks ago at his home on Benbecula on the hbrides

51  Date: 2007-02-24 17:41:08
Bob Holmes ( bob.holmes24@tiscali.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

I served in 19Bty and HBty Ramseys troop 1962 to 1971 and your web ste is great, and it was nice to see some of my old mates

50  Date: 2007-02-22 01:56:12
John Gomme ( johngomme@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

I served in 36 Bty 39 Regt RA in Dempsey Barracks, Sennelager from early 1960 to November 1961 at the same time as Mick Carter. Hope to be able to get in touch with him and others.

49  Date: 2007-02-14 17:42:41
Webmaster 'The 39ers Club' ( the39ersclub@hotmail.com / http://www.the39ersclub.com) wrote:

Hi John
(One of the forgotten Gunners)
Thanks , I know what you mean! - but we were the 'Honest John Missile' - Free flight! you should contact - your 27 Guided Weapons Regt RA this is there Club at: http://www.stpierre.freeserve.co.uk/

I hope this helps you,
Good Luck John.

Michael (Cabby) Hughes

48  Date: 2007-02-13 17:49:32
John Clarke ( john3586@tiscali.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

I am an ex member of 27 Missile Regt. We were stationed at Napier Barracks, Dortmund.
If you are having a reunion of ex missile regiments, how come we are not invited.
Forgotten Gunner.

47  Date: 2007-02-12 00:20:50
Barrie Turner ( barriet036@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hello! my father, Bob Turner, served with 39th Regt from Sept 56 in Cyprus til Mar 65 at Dempsey Bks. I sent him copies of Len Lloyd's photos from Durranhill Camp, Carlisle and he has identified the following members of 36 Bty:- No 51 Pete Hampton (SSgt), No 61 Paddy Bibby (Sgt) and No 60 was the Signals Sgt first name Jedd.

46  Date: 2007-02-11 00:01:09
alan d bennett ( al1949@hotmail.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

hi Iserved in 39 reg 1971 to77 it was nice to see the old barracks again keep up the good work looking forward to the next reunion Iwas in 176 battery would be nice to get in touch with my old mates'

45  Date: 2007-02-10 23:45:47
alan d bennett ( al1949@hotmail.co.uk / http://www.google.co.uk/) wrote:

Iman old 39er and i would like to join the club please

44  Date: 2007-01-28 13:13:18
Dave Thompson ( dave_rocketman530@msn.com / no homepage) wrote:

Dave Thompson
Ex 50 Missile Regt RA
1973 – 1982
21 Bty
Tel. me at: 01923 816 393
Email me at: dave_rocketman530@msn.com

fantastic site and well worth looking through. i joined 50th
missile in 1973 and went to 21 bty. i stayed with 21 bty until they moved
to 27 field regiment in lippstadt. i had some great times in germany and
just wish i could live those days all over again. there is a story going
about that one of the btys in 50 missile did not take the clamps off the
rocket and when they launched the actual launcher went with with it and
also a missile landed near a german lad who was fishing in a lake but
everyone seems to think it was 15 bty that launced the launcher. i
eventually came out the army in 1982 after being attached to 26 american
detachment in paderborn driving them about on their post runs and px
runs etc. when i was with the american detachment i often went into
geordies bar in sennelager.my days in menden were quite varied and also
lippstagt was quite varied for me aswell. once again well done on a great
site keep up the good work.
PS. the phone number i have given is my works phone number i am a night
worker and can be contacted fro 17.30 until 08.00.except mon tue wed
nights one week and mon tue nights the following week.
take care.


43  Date: 2007-01-21 19:46:54
Philip John Sutton ( porcenia@yahoo.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Would like to contact members of the 171 battery and 36th battery 1964-68 - Brummie Sutton

42  Date: 2007-01-18 08:37:18
The 39ers Club ( the39ersclub@hotmail.com / http://the39ersclub.com) wrote:

Hi there.

You are invited to our REUNION:

The 2009 Reunion
will be at the Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool, UK, on
Friday the 5th till Monday the 8th of June 2009
It is hoped that this will be for the three Missile Regts
ie:- 24 Missile Regt - 39 Missile Regt - 50 Missile Regt
More details Later

more info on ‘The 39ers Club’ site at www.the39ersclub.com

Please let us know if you can make it or not ?
This will be the last chance for some of us!

41  Date: 2007-01-06 01:58:31
jerry ( callno601@excite.com / no homepage) wrote:

I was stationed there from 1972 to 1975. I was In the US Army assigned to the 518th Signal Company, 39th Signal Battalion, HQ located in Linderhof. This is a great site keep up the good work.

40  Date: 2007-01-04 13:36:18
Danny Hickey ( tempestv@uwclub.net / no homepage) wrote:

served with 39 regt Hbty from 1967/70 i was with the bty when Bty commanders wife was murdered i was only a few yards away when she was found,and the man who done it was sleeping near the body. If any one out there remembers me,send me an e-mail or ring me on 01873 855001.
Happy New Year to All 39ers.

39  Date: 2006-12-01 17:14:45
Derek Melia ( derek@melia9.wanadoo.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Just found your site Iserved in 42 Regt from 64 to 78 some of you should remember Roy Stones he was my cousin Iplayed football against 39 Regt a few times and Roy Kicked me from start to the end of the match,Roy Sadley passed away a few years ago,If anyone has any photos of Roy I would really appreciate a copy.
Derek Melia

38  Date: 2006-11-21 09:46:01
ted jones ( tedjones238@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Does anybody know the wereabouts of bdr tom grimwood.as I would like to get in touch ISERVED WITH TOM IN 1965 66 IN BORNEO we were both with 40 LIGHT REGT RA. HAVE LOST TOUCH QVER THE YEARS. MANY THANKS. TED JONES BDR

37  Date: 2006-10-22 13:24:55
A D BENNETT ( ALANMANDY@HOTMAIL.CO.UK / no homepage) wrote:


36  Date: 2006-10-19 20:03:42
Michael (Cabby) ( the39ersclub@hotmail.com / http://www.the39ersclub.com) wrote:

Hi there, Tommy

Nice to hear from you – glad you like ‘The 39ers Club’ website. Yes I started ‘The 39ers Club’ about 3 or 4 years ago, I had noticed on the www. there were websites
for 2 of the 3 Missile Regiments RA (Honest John Missile) that served in Germany in the 1960/70’s, but none for the 39 Missile Regiment – so like a good soldier I started one!

‘PJ and Friends’ were my first site (PJ been part of my name (Michael Paul John)), then some of my mates said why not call it ‘The 39ers Club’ after the 39 Missile Regiment.

It cost a bit to set it up and then the running costs: Domain name, The 39ers Club. Photo pages – site builder – postage and lots more, not to mention my time many a hour over the keyboard on the PC. But it worth it all just to bring some of the lads together again (I had a few e mails thanking me for that) so it makes it worth while.

I have a DONATION link at the bottoms of the main page, if any body cares to help with the running of ‘Our Club’.

We are planning for a Reunion in 2009, I know it sounds a long way off but some of us will be still around – it should be a very good party – with the 3 Missile regts been there 24, 39 & 50 – you might be in Blackpool around that time 5th to the 8th of June 2009, see you there.

I contact you my e mail with all the details,
till later Tommy

Best regards
Michael (Cabby) Hughes

E mail the club at:

35  Date: 2006-10-19 14:01:28
Tommy Dice ( tommydice42@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Michael

Grate site you have there, how do you manage to do all those things? It cost you a lot of money to run the site - why not put a link on so that we could help you out with some cash, some thing like PayPal people could put some cash in the 39ers club account. I would be willing to pay for your services, it a 'b' good site best Army website I have seen with all those pictures and you have the lads name on. some site have pictures but it hard to ID the person.

I sreved with the Army a few years ago I know it was only the TA 103 TA Regt in Liverpool and was thinking of starting my own website, I have to contact you and got the lowdown. Give me e mail some time - Please.


Best regards from
Tommy Dice (Liverpool)

34  Date: 2006-09-27 12:04:43
JEFF JONES ( TJAFFA8059@HOTMAIL.CO.UK / no homepage) wrote:

I must admit this page brought back some memories as I was with H bty from 1970 to 1980

33  Date: 2006-08-20 14:29:39
Clive ( famnuttall@ntlworld.com / http://seringapatam.homestead.com/Front.html) wrote:


Excellent website. Have put you on my links page. Keep up the great work. (lets start a war who was best 50 Msl or 39 ?)!!!!

Never in Missles but certainly remember Dempsey barracks !

Take care lads


32  Date: 2006-08-16 22:26:41
googie ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

does the name peter hampton mean anything to anyone. I had a beer and chat with him some time ago.he told me he was in 39 when they were in Dempsey.

31  Date: 2006-08-16 13:27:02
John Eccles ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

Spent my last Six months with the 39Th , fine bunch of chaps
All The Best
Ecky Ex 12Th

30  Date: 2006-08-15 17:59:02
Wes Harding ( harding.bentley@btinternet.com / http://www.49inkerman.co.uk) wrote:

Nice site keep up the good work, hope your members will veiw our site as well, like you say "Once a Gunner always a Gunner"

29  Date: 2006-08-14 18:29:34
alan bennett ( alanmandy@hotmail.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

hi i served with the 39 medium regiment 1971/76

28  Date: 2006-08-06 21:20:38
GOOGIE ( geoffreyjwithers@supanet.com / no homepage) wrote:

Terrific site.I liked it.I was with 12 regt 1959/64. I like to browse all the sites, lots of good banter between old gunners.I have just visited Dempsey,and judging by the photo gallery it hasnt changed much.

27  Date: 2006-07-31 17:00:12
David Parker ( brummydave@blueyonder.co.uk / http://www.49inkerman.co.uk/) wrote:

Well done Michael, very good site and nice set of photos. We must all do our bit to keep the memories alive. Our friendships deserve it.

26  Date: 2006-07-26 19:18:29
david holt ( holtdave@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

nice to see sum old namesfrom my past
i was with 176/39 at dempsey from
1973/1977. keep up the good work.
and meny thanks.

25  Date: 2006-07-14 12:55:17
david holt ( holtdave@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

nice to see the old barracs again i left in
1977 got ther in 1973. keep up the good work.
best wishes to all old members

24  Date: 2006-07-13 20:50:29
arthur ingram ( arfur12003@yahoo.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

hi icame to 39 wth 176 bty from 45 it would be great to get in touch with any old mates

23  Date: 2006-07-10 17:40:28
Roger Boileau ( rogerboileau@yahoo.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

bringing back a lot of good memories along with friends spent in the camp 1962-65, serving with R.E.M.E Loved every minute along the way.
Good Luck To All

22  Date: 2006-07-04 20:50:55
marvin thompson ( marvin@marvinthompson.wanadoo.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

hi served with 39 in the gulf (tomo) feel free to get in touch

21  Date: 2006-05-30 21:30:16
marvin thompson ( marvtomo@hotmail.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

anyone remember me ? did the gulf in 91 with stevo and monkey !!!!!!! get in touch

20  Date: 2006-04-01 08:30:44
Michael (Cabby) ( the39ersclub@hotmail.com / http://www.the39ersclub.com) wrote:

Hi Lads,

What do you think, to a all 'Honest John Missile. 24, 39 & 50 Missile Regt's. 'REUNION' we were all split up in 1972 and went our own way - we are all getting older (well some of us are!) and we could have one BIG REUNION .


Let me know what you think ?

Anyone with a good suggestion - Where, When!

Put them on the 'Messanger' board, please and we can all have our say!

Michael (Cabby)

19  Date: 2006-03-31 17:57:38
bill l yall ( william.lyall@ntlworld.com / no homepage) wrote:

nice t hear frm yous all. re member moon river jim

18  Date: 2006-03-08 18:31:38
John ( johnbrowne.2258@tiscali.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Cabby Can you ring me 01246277759 John

17  Date: 2006-03-05 19:30:21
John Browne (ex GNR) ( johnbrowne.2258@tiscali.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Very good. GnrBrowne 24082258 36 batt (1966-70)

16  Date: 2006-02-19 13:07:01
Bob Chaulk ( lynne.bob@tiscali.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Hi im Bob Chaulk,
I arrived in the regiment in Jan 1970,with about 30 others bulk intake from woolwich.
Posted to 36 bty moved to Menden when regiment split in 74.if anybody remembers me please email me.

15  Date: 2006-02-14 19:12:12
Des Hover ( hover959@btinternet.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hi to you all yes its me again , i trust you all had a sober new years eve !!! ??? I,m still trying to sort out some photos will get them to you as when , other than that I,m well an excpeting emails off of you old toe rags out there so come on lets be having one Des

14  Date: 2006-01-29 16:25:50
TED FOWLER ( Ncot72@tiscali.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Anyone remember me from 1965 - 1969.
I was 23208065 Sgt E.T. Fowler.
Get in touch.

13  Date: 2006-01-09 18:12:49
JOHN JUBB ( johnbarclay@blueyonder.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

I was a member of 76(maudes)hvy bty based in west riding barracks,bfpo20 and served with a few old lads who did work on the Honest Johns and am proud to have served in the R.A, THE WEB PAGE LOOKS FAB...... Keep up the good work.

12  Date: 2006-01-09 14:23:03
JIM GRUMBLEY GUNNER ( no email / no homepage) wrote:


11  Date: 2005-12-21 11:22:45
Ron Spindler ( workshop@pmfmez.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hi my name is ron spindler, (ex 24148758 l/bdr, ) 132 medium bty, the
bengal rocket troop, i was a gun driver/fitter, on 6 sub "cougar" my
first gun No 1 was trev spence, my best mate mac mcewan, who was also my
best man at my wedding, was killed in a road accident , just on the
outskirts of sennelager, one night he had 3 0ther lads in with him, 2
died also, 1 of them was ken marriot from nottingham, i just wondered
whether anyone reading this remebers them or me, started in junior
leaders at bramcote in 1968, then posted to lippstadt, with 27 regt,
then on reorganiation, with 132 bty to 39 regt, served with them in N,
ireland,( had my picture on frront of gunner mag in 71/72, in riot
gear in belfast ) i have still got a large porcelian mug , presented to
each member of the bty, from the wade factory, " with the bengal tiger "
fired on to it, good days, hope this reaches some of the lads i used to
know. RON.

10  Date: 2005-12-20 09:31:00
Len Webb ( leonardwebb@tiscali.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

Served in 39 from 64 until 72 in Z Survey Troop, HQ Battery, also in H Battery for the 71 Northern Ireland tour. Good memories of it all, not forgetting The First, Bill Days, Geordies, Petes, Martini etc. Remember the murder in the woods behind the camp, the body was being guarded by her Rhodesian Ridgeback dog, funny how things stick in your mind.

9  Date: 2005-12-18 22:22:52
Bill Duncan ( billyboyduncan@hotmail.com / no homepage) wrote:

A very high tech site , well done. I was the TSM of 171 Bty then BSM of 75Bty then the first BSM of H Bty on it joining 39. I left H Bty in 1971 on retirement , I have no memory of being in Libya in 1969 so I think that must be corrected. I was in Libya in 1951 .
Old as I am I would surely have remembered.
( 74 on Wed ). I went over to dempsey bks about 4 years ago and made contact with Danny Rogers the AKC Manager from the 60s he still lives there. I also met John Kurles widow He was BQMS of H Bty in those days. So many of the Seniors from the 60.s are dead now, none of us getting any younger. Best of luck with your project
You may like to mention that the wife of the Battery Commander H Bty was muedered in the woods near the married quarters , it should all be documented somwhere.

8  Date: 2005-12-18 19:27:01
bill lyall ( .william.lyall@ntlworld.com / no homepage) wrote:

nice to see this club [well done] i was in dempsey bks 59 to 65.19 bty. be nice to here from old opos. and terry nicholls i see "nice chap". thanks for your email cabby merry xmas to all

7  Date: 2005-12-17 19:58:46
Terry Nicholls ( castpttrg2711543@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

having been a member of 19 Bty, 36 Bty and H Bty from 1959 to 1974 I beleave I should be entered on your web site.I beleave you are doing a good job with this site. My long time Mucker Des Hover put me in touch with your site. All the best, Terry Nich

6  Date: 2005-11-16 20:27:30
david holt ( holtdave@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

served with 176 bty/39med regerment
at dempsey from1973/1977.
nice lay out off web site.

5  Date: 2005-11-06 21:24:00
Pete and Ali ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

New site looks good Mike

4  Date: 2005-09-20 10:20:46
Peter Bishop ( peter.bishop@tinyonline.co.uk / no homepage) wrote:

I joined 39/HQ Bty 21 Jan 1961 and finally left in Mar 1972. During that time had 2 tours away - 1967-1968 9 months in Libya (posted not the exercise) and 1969 Dec - 1972 Feb Woolwich as an instructor. Probably some of the best times of my srvice was as a member of the JNCOs mess at Dempsey Bks. I will dig out some photos.

regards to all who remember me
Pete Bishop

3  Date: 2005-09-18 06:14:45
Roger Sheldrake ( rogersheldrake@aol.com / no homepage) wrote:

Thank you for sending an email to tell me about this site. Well done for setting it up! I served in 19 and 36 Batteries from 1968 to 1971 and would very much like to hear about what happened to those who were there at the same time.

2  Date: 2005-09-15 20:12:00
Alfred Grimes ( alfred.grimes@btopenworld.com / no homepage) wrote:

Hi Michael (Cabby),
Well done the web site is looking just great, nice to see you up and about after the opp, see by the new photo of you still looking 21 ? so i must be about 18!!!! ha ha, take care Cabby you are doing great job, my best regards to Alice.
from your IC 2 Spike

1  Date: 2005-06-04 14:05:52
Michael (Cabby) Hughes ( the39ersclub@hotmail.com / http://39missile.tripod.com) wrote:

I'm Michael (Cabby) Hughes, I try to run this site for the ex members of the 39th Missile Regt RA that served in Germany around the 1960's. Just trying to bring back memories of the 'Good Old Days' in WORD and PICTURES. Some of us have grown OLDER, but still young at heart.
(Once a Gunner always a Gunner)

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Michael (Cabby) Hughes
(Secretary - The 39ers Club)
35 Roman Rd.,
Blackburn, BB2 3EZ
Lancashire, UK
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  Website Creator, Secretary,
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This (The 39ers Club) is a personal web site and has no official status. The contents and design of this site is by me and no other. I WISH TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO MY SITE.

I myself served with the Royal Regiment of Artillery from 1954 till 1976 of which a considerable amount of that time was spent with - 39 Regt RA or 40 Regt RA - Sennelager or Gutersloh, West Germany