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Phil

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« Reply #22 on: July 23, 2015, 02:11:57 PM »
What happened to  Cateswell  barracks  on Stratford Rd, Hall Green. We used to go dancing there when we were kids.

It's a Wickes Depot now. The barracks closed down in the 70's I believe.
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« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2015, 08:18:28 PM »
Hi dougmcgill, I have fond memories of Cateswell barracks myself and a few friends were in the Royal Signals army cadets (1959-1961) a couple of names I recall Peter York, Michail Morton, Roy Richardson, Robert Rendal,  The sargeant was Johny Ford who was in the TA, we used to go on weekend camps to a disused army barracks at Wellsbourne just past Stratford on Avon, some of the happiest days of my life.

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« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2015, 08:50:51 PM »
johnieo,
That reminds me of when in the ATC in the early 50s.  We used to go periodically to RAF Wellsbourne Mountford for Sunday joyride flights.  I think they had either Oxords or Ansons.

Probably very near to where you used to go.

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« Reply #25 on: August 22, 2015, 09:19:10 PM »
Very interesting reading about the various barracks, I saw that someone asked about Thorpe street barracks but there was no answer. I used to go there to shoot O.22 on a rifle range and I believe a number of small bore rifle clubs shot there. Did it get swallowed up by developments at the Hippodrome?
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« Reply #26 on: August 23, 2015, 09:52:48 AM »
Akwatara, it might have been an R A F camp but I do not recall a runway I remember the big tin huts that used to house about twenty of us in each hut,  I think they used to call them munition huts, the other thing that I recall was that there was a great mansion on the camp which used to be used to house some of the cadets.  At Cateswell barracks they had their own shooting range but only for :22 rifles but we also went to Kingsbury rifle range where we used to shoot live ammunition  using 303 rifles, I think they were Lee Enfield 303s. I believe Kingsbury rifle range is still in use today.  Oh happy days.

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« Reply #27 on: August 23, 2015, 11:07:47 AM »
I had some good days out at Kingsbury Range as a cadet where we used .303 Lee Enfield's. We even once got to fire a short burst on a Sten Gun and another time a couple of rounds at a tin can on the pistol range. None of us managed to even hit it at 25 yards. I even once managed to get to fire a clip with the then newish SLR, I also used the rage at Cateswell Barracks on a couple of occasions.
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« Reply #28 on: August 23, 2015, 11:49:42 AM »
Hi Phil what barracks were you based at and when were you in the cadets, do you remember the barracks at Stockfield Rd just off the Warwick Road, there was a tragic accident there in the late fifties, a young cadet was on sentry duty by the entrance to the barracks and a army lorry backed into the brick pillars which the gates were attached to of course this demolished the pillar but unfortunatley it fell on the young cadet with tragic consequenses.

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« Reply #29 on: August 23, 2015, 02:50:14 PM »
Johnieo

I was at Stoney Lane Barracks, it must have ben around 1960. I think the main reason I joined was because that years annual camp was on the IOM and I had never seen the sea at that time let alone been on a ship. I visited Stockfield Road on several occasions as we took advancement tests there.
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« Reply #30 on: January 16, 2018, 06:43:16 AM »
my Dad was RSM at the Stoney Lane/Dennis Road barracks

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« Reply #31 on: January 17, 2018, 05:57:40 PM »
I courted and married the redheaded daughter of the Postmaster on Stoney Lane back in the 60's- we had our reception inside the REME Barracks right across the road from his shop on Stoney Lane.
 
From memory, I think that was also the location of the terminus for the Stoney Lane trams.