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Quoting: Peter Ormandy
Does anyone remember doing their square bashing at Henesford. I remember arriving late in the day from Cardington, being met by yelling DIs, line up for jabs, our first kit layout, and that was just the first evening. My drill instructor was Cpl. Golding. As long as you did as you were told within a reasonable time, life was good. Who would mind being called ’ A DIRTY MICROBE", plus other claims regarding dubious parentage. Never did amaze me how our DI would kick the door to our billet open at 6.30 every morning, and be standing there as though he had just stepped out of a hat box, imaculate from head to foot, rush from one end of the billet screaming all kinds of threats, as we all tumbled out of bed to begin yet another day. The freezing cold outside washrooms,certainly woke you up. Thinking back, life was good in 1953.
Peter. In the early 50s. i was Square bashing at Bridgenorth and like you i was amazed that at 06.30 the D.I.s would come in the Billet dressed like an advert for the RAF. As they were hitting the steel bedsteads with heavy sticks and screaming we did not have time to to take in their Sartorial Elegance. Washing and shaving in Ice cold water and running round all day like blue ar.ed flies. Wish it was tomorrow...................... Regards J.D.