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Re: Need to know

Jim writes:
"I assigned some of my weekly pay to my mother..."

Me too!

On enlistment my pay was four shillings a day. I allotted one shilling per day to my mother and there was also a 'Barrack Room Damage' deduction. Result: my weekly pay was barely £1, if that!

I recall that in the Zone, our 'Overseas Allowance' was quite generous, especially for those guys who were able to bring their wives and kids over during the pre-1951 period before it all hit the fan. Married Quarters being in short supply, most families (several thousand*) 'lived out' in privately rented property, mainly Jerry-built flats in Arashia, etc., where they appeared to exist very comfortably, most being able to afford employing an Egyptian cook, nanny or other domestic aid.

*The estimate of 'several thousand' is based on my own knowledge that at each of the three bases where I served there were 10 or a dozen Bedford QLs, Dodge or Chevvy trucks ferrying 'living out' personnel to and from each day, say 250 bodies at a conservative estimate. Multiply this by at least 20 bases in the Zone (count 'em!) and we arrive at a figure in the region of 5000 - those Egyptian and Greek builders and landlords must have wept buckets to see us leave..!

Now see what you started Jim..!

Mustapha el Shufti
(Aka BB)

Re: Need to know - by John Grant - Aug 9, 2017 1:56pm
Re: Need to know - by robert sharp - Aug 9, 2017 2:57pm
Re: Need to know - by Bill Badger - Aug 9, 2017 4:10pm
Re: Need to know - by robert sharp - Aug 9, 2017 4:52pm
Re: Need to know - by Jim Watson - Aug 9, 2017 6:45pm
Re: Need to know - by robert sharp - Aug 9, 2017 7:11pm
Re: Need to know - by Jim Watson - Aug 9, 2017 8:04pm
Re: Need to know - by Rod Amey - Aug 10, 2017 8:10am
Re: Need to know - by Bill Badger - Aug 10, 2017 4:55pm
Re: Need to know - by Jim Watson - Aug 10, 2017 6:36pm
Re: Need to know - by Bill Badger - Aug 10, 2017 8:43pm
Re: Need to know - by robert sharp - Aug 10, 2017 9:30pm
Re: Need to know - by Gwynn Felton - Aug 10, 2017 11:04pm
Re: Need to know - by Jim Watson - Aug 11, 2017 6:57pm
Re: Need to know - by Rod Amey - Aug 11, 2017 7:49am
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