Tell us what you know?
I have set this Blog up in order that we can share our memories and photos of our time in Napier Barracks. Whichever cap badge you had at the time, you all have a story to tell.
From the late 1940's until 1995, many regiments have passed through the gates of Napier Bks., albeit mainly Royal Artillery regiments and their supporting units. However, other units were present as Occupational Forces, including squadrons from the RAF Regt. and the Royal Scots Fusiliers post 1945; followed by the Royal Engineers in 1950.
Was you a member of one of the many Luftwaffe Squadrons, or an ancestor of anyone and has a tale to tell? 'Richthofen Kaserne' as the airfield with a new runway was known then. Did you serve in the famous Sturmstaffel 1 that was formed here in 1943?
Which artillery regiment did you serve with or attached unit? Did you serve with the 26th US Army Missile Detachment near the gate's entrance when two artillery regiments had Corporal nuclear missiles; or did you serve in the NAAFI, YMCA or WRVS? Come on, tell us what you know and share those photos you have.
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Saturday, 30 December 2006
The photo on the right is of the former RHQ. 12 Regt. being the last to occupy this reletively new building.
Looking accross from the former 9 BHQ bulding, on the corner you can see the former NAAFI and further up the road, lined with vegitation like elsewhere; you can catch a glimpse of the former 12 BHQ.
Photos courtesy of Creedo who took them in late 2006 upon completing his training on becoming a full professional firefighter - well done mucker!
Thursday, 28 December 2006
Sunday, 24 December 2006
Now, like all the other buildings, it is derelict and awaits its fate - to be demolished.
Photos courtesy of Bernhard Weiss & John Creedon
Friday, 15 December 2006
Photo courtesy of 16 Regt. OCA Website.
Monday, 11 December 2006
The parade was to mark the end of the battery's role as an equipment battery and the start of its new role within 12 AD Regt. as T (Shah Sujah's Troop) Headquarter Battery.
Brig. J I Johnston, the Honrary Regimental Colonel of 12 AD Regt. took the salute with a fly past by Harriers of No.4 Sqdn, RAF.
Gunner Magazine, January 1992 . Bty. insignia courtesy of 12 Regt. Website.
Sunday, 10 December 2006
Click on the extracts above to enlarge Gnr. H Thomas' 34 LAD Regt's.
Farewell Programme. (58 Bty. 34 LAD Regt. 68 - 69 & 12 LAD Regt. 69 -72).
Kindly sent to me by Michael Mortimer,
Secretary of 42 Regt. RA OCA.
Bty. insignias from the internet.
Friday, 8 December 2006
Thursday, 7 December 2006
Ground Floor: 12 (Minden) BHQ, BQMS, Sigs. and Armoury.
1st Floor: Accomodation
2nd Floor: Training Wing.
Swimming Pool near the Stables, where the horse flies bit you!Outside the old Rapier Club/NAAFI and Juniour Ranks Club.
Photos supplied by John (Creedo) Creedon, ex 12 Regt. Now Dortmund Firefighter. c.2006.
The [12th] Regt. has a dossier somwhere of when we were in Moore Bks. on the B1 in the 70's. Sgt. John Barnes, T Bty., lead a team to explore tunnels which supposedly went from Moore Bks. to Napier Bks. some 10 miles plus as the crow flies? They received permission from the German authorities to go so far and eventually met with a tunnel closure some miles in. However, when permission was asked to break through the wall to continue, all access was denied, fueling speculation as to what was beyond the wall? Rumour has it that there were barracks, ammo dumps, a vehicle pool and even a hospital?
I used to have contact with Barney, but haven't spoken to him for years and can't remember who else was involved with him? But, remember he made a full written report on the whole Op and its findings...John
Tuesday, 21 November 2006
Monday, 20 November 2006
Photos courtesy of Bernhard Weiss - Fliegerhorste Webmaster.
Badges and cypher that have graced Napier over the years. Some have amalgamated to create a new badge and others are no more. On the RE's cap badge, it has changed due to Monarch's Reign. Thanks to 'Taff' Morgan who states that the stables were under the RHA cypher, Intelligence Corps were housed in a Block near the main entrance and not to forget the WRVS who also doned a cap badge.
Cap Badges from the internet.