Aireborough Historical Society

Drill Hall 1950s

Drill Hall
Date 1950s
Location Rawdon
Photo ID
H319     Donated by Jean Dean
A social evening at the Drill Hall, the men were Territorials who had to sign on for 2 years after doing their National Service.
This occasion was the "Driver of the Year" presentation (local to the Regiment), from left to right are : Ronnie ?, Bill Hardy, ?, Barrie Dean.


Re: Drill Hall,
I was in the Cadet Battalion, Yorkshire Light Infantry; the King's Own
in the early 1950s

Mr Garbutt was the Caretaker at the time,
Our platoon leader was named Carl, who emigrated to Canada in 1956
I was Under Officer in the last year there.
The Tate brothers were there, Doug and Colin, I don't recall other names.

We learned .22 rifle, SMLE - Short Magazine Lee Enfield .303 full bore
and Bren gun, and shot on the range at Saltburn summer camp, near Redcar.
I was a marksman with the SMLE until I needed glasses ....

Guiseley Battalion joined on occasion under Sgt Busfield,
whose favourite command when taking the squad out on the  road for drill

squad :Across the road:  

Ah: Halcyon Days!

John Hopkinson

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