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in 1963. The occasion was the Annual Inspection and the inspecting officer was the PM BAOR
Colonel George Pillitz. I did spot one face and that was Pete Hares, rear row centre who was posted
to Osnabruck from Gibraltar.


          Ralph mason corrected an error when I mentioned his squad in the last newsletter, it was 255
and not 225. Of course I blame it on the computer.


          If any of you keen eyed readers are thinking that I have forgotten to mention anything about
117 Provost Company well I have not forgotten but just cannot at this juncture find any reference to
such a company.

                                ROYAL MILITARY POLICE ASSOCIATION

                     Bob Potts, Derby Branch forwarded the following message, ‘I attended the Snowdrop
                     parade today. It was well supported with a total of 10 members of the Association on
                     parade. Four Association standards including the national standard were paraded.
                     Wreaths were laid on behalf of the PM(A) at both the RAFP and RMP plots. A total of
                     101 personnel paraded in bright sunshine followed by a buffet lunch at the RBL
                     Alrewas. The DPM (RAF) on behalf of the PM (RAF) thanked all ranks past and
                     present of the RMP, for their support and wished them well for the future.’

Derby Branch are organising the luncheon following the RMP Annual Service of Remembrance at the
National Memorial Arboretum on the 3rd June. Instructions have been sent to all branches but if you
do require details then please contact Kathryn Potts at

                                                  CAN YOU HELP

          Mrs Joan Harrison is currently helping her husband, Frank, with his memoirs. There is a need
for more information to make his service story more complete and she is hoping some of his old RMP
pals and comrades will contact her with some stories. Frank joined the RMP at Inkerman Barracks as
a Regular Soldier in March 1954 and trained in 423 Squad under the watchful eye of Sergeant Jack
Sigley. Here is Frank’s story so far’ “After Passing-Out he was posted to MELF and allowed three
weeks Home Leave. After his leave was over he returned to Inkerman and was taken by coach to a
Transit Camp in the Underground Complex beneath Goodge Street in Central London, before flying
out from Blackbushe airport on Sunday July 4th 1954 in a Lancaster Bomber Troop Carrier to Egypt. It
landed at Fayid RAF base at 10 pm, where they stayed overnight in tents. The next day, the Military
Police transported him and others in a 1 ton Bedfordshire truck to Moascar, the garrison in the city of
Ismailia, on Lake Timsah, roughly halfway between Port Said in the north and Suez in the south.
From Moascar, on the same day, he was quickly moved on to El Kirsh, where he spent a week
undergoing more training with 1 Dog Company. Then it was off to Geneifa from 20th September 1954
to 2nd October 1954 for a course in dog handling and to receive his sable and brown coloured Alsatian
dog named Tam. From Geneifa he returned back to Headquarters at El Kirsh with Tam, and spent two
weeks there patrolling the NAAFI warehouses and an Ordnance Depot based on a little island in Lake
Timsah. After El-Kirsh he served at Roundabout Camp in Fayid and was there over Xmas 1954
patrolling the RAF Receiver Station, which was quite boring. Early 1955 he moved to Geneifa for 3

          Then a three month posting in the summer of 1955 to Abu Sultan. Then it was back to El-
Kirsh, then he moved to Port Said for a spell in 1955 where he was engaged in policing the arrival of
ships bringing in food, supplies and also families of serving troops. There was a small Maintenance
Engineers Camp close to the harbour, and one day the Engineers approached him with a request.
The Engineers on the base had adopted a wild stray dog which they fed from scraps from the Mess.
The dog had the freedom of the base, but one day it was run over by a truck, and lay there howling
with pain with a broken back. Frank was on duty so the Engineers asked his advice, and then asked
him to shoot it as there were no facilities available to treat it. So as requested he put the dog out of its
misery. He then wrote his incident report as to why he had used three bullets. Later, after he had
moved on to Abu Sultan he was interviewed by Company Sergeant Major Bottom who travelled down
from El-Kirsh to question him. The CSM asked him, “How do you know it was not a Pedigree dog?” to
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