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Re: 1950s NOSTALGIA, etc.

In reply to the posts of Bill Badger and Bob Sharp, my comment was intended to express my personal regret that both appeared to have already decided that the Forum was beyond all help. Bill actually posed the question enclosed in brackets, I'm aware of the efforts he has made to inject life into the debates which, if memory serves, I did acknowledge. Notwithstanding any of the foregoing, if Richard Wooley decides that it's not worth carrying on then that will be when this Forum is laid to rest.
Will I be happy? Definitely not, but as I said, His is the only decision which matters.

To Bill Badger, Bob Sharp, and all fellow Vets, best wishes and good health and long may our Lums Reek.

Finally, with reference to the offering of Mr Sapatsch the temptation is to ask if that is an Acronym for, A Sap At School, which I will resist, because following a time honoured tradition on these Forums, anything with a whiff of controversy, Immediately results in a raising of aged Hackles, followed by a flood of excoriating missives directed at anyone who has the temerity to cause it. On reflection,that may be no bad thing, just remember, I'm of a tender disposition and easily hurt.

Edwin MacSap, See a Psychiatrist if you'r not sure of your own name.

Re: 1950s NOSTALGIA, etc.

Well it may not be pleasant but its the most posts on the thread since it opened. Very familiar to the old thread sometimes not so friendly but usually things worked out. I as I do sometimes look at things too closely but would a seventy two year old man today not have been born in 1948, and as such been seven in 1955, so why would his father be staying in Egypt whilst his family were being rushed home. I thought families were seperated in the early fifties actuall December 1954 was when I left Egypt on a boat from Port Said, a form of peace having been created. In 1955 I was doing guards in a totally different atmosphere and uniform. No KD. Funny enough I think if I got to know the young man I would quite like him, he does have a bit of jam in him you have to admire that. I apologise if my always poor math is wrong.

Re: 1950s NOSTALGIA, etc.

Re, one of the issues raised in a previous post

According to a Newspaper article published in January 1951 the War Office had ordered the evacuation of Families of servicemen and expected that this would be accomplished in four days, I can find no information on whether this happened or not. I do know that I arrived in December 1952 and the families of fellow unit members had already left. I think it's a gray area open to argument.

Re: 1950s NOSTALGIA, etc.

RE Evacuation of Families, etc.

In 1951, October I recall, Nahas Pasha, the Egyptian PM, Abrogated (cancelled) the 1936 Anglo-Egyptian Treaty and all hell broke loose in the Canal Zone beginning with a mass uprising in Ismailia and elsewhere.

Prior to that, it was all serene in Ish - bars, cinemas, bazaars all flourishing. In 1950, I bought a made-to-measure suit from a tailor in Avenue Sultan Hussain - On Tick!!!!!The 1951 uprising brought an end to that happy state of affairs and prompted an almost immediate mass evacuation of Families living in Married Quarters and private rented accommodation in Arashia, etc., as described in an earlier post. Wives and kids only - daddy stayed behind!

At all British bases - about 20 plus of 'em, arms and ammo were issued to all and sundry and carried at all times by all ranks, including 18/19 year-old lads who had not handled a weapon other than a few rounds in their basic training. Self-inflicted injuries, and similar were common and at one time it was stated that the number of such injuries was higher than those inflicted by 'the enemy'!

For the next couple of years or so anti-British terrorism was wide-spread and casualties were high. By '53 things had quietened down, but the writing was on the wall, Britain's unwelcome and hated 70 year occupation of much of Egypt, later confined to the the Zone, was ending....

I speak from my own experience from mid-1950, and due to unusual circumstances, to Spring 1953, longer I believe than most. My memories of Egypt are, like the proverbial Curate's Egg, "Good in Parts.."


Re: 1950s NOSTALGIA, etc.

So on the last thread used two fatalists Badger and Sharp four posts each, Charles Lewis three, and Edwin Saspatch two,cantankerous as we are old Badger and I are still applying emergency aid, Charles is contributing, and so did Edwin Saspatch. He was a bit snarky about old codgers, but thats fine, he cannae even count, but thats fine it was nice to hear from him. Have to go now to apply emergency treatment to another thread on another forum that is suffering a diminishment of health. Like Batman my work is never done.:innocent:

Re: 1950s NOSTALGIA, etc.

Dr Badger I am just reexamining this patient and finding it difficult to find the necessary vital signs, I am not prepared on my own obsrvations to declare life extinct, but in absence of any future vitalsigns it must be considered.


I’m still here.
I’m not going anywhere yet.
Too young at 87.
I live in Chichester, West Sussex.
I was in 10 BOD, Geneifa in 1955.