It was about
September 1957 that I left home to 'join up'.
I arrived at Paddington station, boarded the train
looking for an empty compartment and ponder if I was doing the right
thing. There were no empty compartments, but I entered one that had just
one occupant. There was a guy about my age looking as I was
feeling - anxious- so I went in, started chatting and found we were both
on our way to Locking to sign the next twelve years away. That guy was
John Gilbert, and we spent the next few years together at various camps,
and I eventually became best man at his wedding some years later.
Pass Out Certificate shows date we signed on and passed
My aim is
to make this a meeting point for the 87th to contact old mates, (and we
are getting older now) and to put people in touch with each other.
If you have not
been there already then visit the RAF
Locking Apprentice Association website at
We finally held the 87th reunion on
19th May 2010 at The
Webbington Hotel & Country Club, near Weston-Super-Mare. This was organised by 'Charlie' Trussler and 'Tiny' Khüle, and myself. Please note that the DVD that was
showing plus all old and new photo's is now available. This reunion was for anyone that started
with, or passed out with the 87th.
Also a plea to all the guys I have been in
contact with in the past, please update me with contact information, many email
addresses have been changed.
reunion we had 68 guests plus partners that attended the 2010