My name is Andrew Vaughan, I am 25 years old and this is my story so far. I have just finished my sixth week of Phase 1 training at ATR Winchester where I hope to go on to join the Royal Artillery. Monday Recruit Vaughan We started the morning by getting sized up for our No 2 Dress, the uniform we ll be wearing for pass out.
Very smart! Next was a lesson with the Padre on the ethics of the Army, and shown a clip from Platoon highlighting the vast difference of what s right and what s wrong as military. More drill with 2 section commanders who corrected minor mistakes a lot of us are still making.
Finally a code of conduct lesson with our Troop Commander who informed us what we can and can t do during our long weekend. Tuesday Today was spent mostly on the ranges zeroing our rifles to ourselves. Apparently my grouping was pretty good, which I m happy about.
After cleaning our rifles and handing them in to the armoury, we had drill. Here we practised what would be happening on Thursday and our last attempt was really good according to our Troop Sergeant. Happy with that!
Troop Commanders locker inspection tomorrow. I hope we impress him! Wednesday Our locker inspection didn t go too badly today.
However, a spare locker some of the section use for storage was also inspected and let us down. For PT, we had another indoor assault course in preparation for the outdoor assault course, which we would be tackling next Monday. The session was, as usual, intense but rewarding apart from somehow getting a drawing pin in my toe, which stopped me completing the last lap.
My luck is horrendous. Functional skills and then last bit of drill before the big day tomorrow. So excited to see my family and I m praying I pass my drill test!
Long weekend to look forward to and a well earned rest! Thursday Huge day today; one we had been looking forward to for some time. In the morning we got into barrack dress, making sure we looked immaculate.
Due to time constraints I only managed to properly bull one shoe, I hoped it would be ok though. After a kit inspection, and a quick iron of my sleeves, we were marched to the square for our drill test. Our troop were first to do this test and we all wanted to pass with flying colours.We were put into open order and had a kit inspection from the Regimental Adjutant.
My kit was apparently quite good other than one shoe being evidently shinier than the other. Damn! Despite a couple of hiccups our Troop all passed!
Morale soared and we knew we were getting our cap badges in front of our families, a great feeling. The recruits on parade. We completed some admin to kill time and then back to the square for the ceremony.
We marched on as a squadron, marching past our loved ones without daring to look at them lest we make a mistake. Thankfully nothing of the sort occurred, and one by one we received our prized cap badges to rounds of applause. The self pride is indescribable and I can t imagine how I ll feel at pass out!
After matching off the square, we were finally allowed to see our families. After lots of hugs, each troop then had to put on a demonstration to our families giving an insight into the sort of things we ve been learning the past 6 weeks, from our different uniforms to ration packs to setting up a basha on exercise. It s a nice touch to be able to show off our newly acquired knowledge.
A quick change into our civilian suits and we were free to go! A 3 hour drive home and a curry with my friends to cap off one of the best days I ve had in a long time. See you on Sunday Winchester!
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A researcher is hoping to tap into the memories of thousands of Salopians who served at the massive Central Ordnance Depot in Donnington so that he can tell the story of the men and women who provided the vital back-up for the front line troops and helped the Allies win the war. Phil Williams has a family connection with that story, as his late mother Betty Williams, nee Perks, worked in the War Office with his late father Major-General Williams, who led the Royal Army Ordnance Corps during the war and who visited Donnington periodically. His mother compiled some fascinating scrapbooks, but Phil is after more.
What would bring the story alive, though, would be the words of those people who were there, said Phil, who is from Lincoln. Many stories have been told of World War Two, but I don t see in the bookshops the wider story of those who supplied the troops, often at great personal danger. I want to tell that story.
He is appealing to anyone who has a story to tell, or a written account, to contact him at 07761 836555 or by email at [email protected] I am writing the story of a quiet revolution which transformed a vital part of the British Army, in the inter-war years made moribund by cautious civil servants and dithering politicians, into the muscular artery which ensured the troops landing on D Day had all they needed to do their job. The organisation was the Royal Army Ordnance Corps whose job it was to supply the Army with all it needed, apart from food and fuel, he said.
He said the Donnington site began with a need to move the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich to a location where it would be safe from German bombers. Donnington in the Shropshire countryside had been chosen by the War Office as the perfect site. Under the command of Brigadier de Wolff, Donnington grew into a huge depot employing some 15,000 soldiers, 3,200 ATS, 2,000 Italian prisoners of war and 4,000 civilians.
It was state-of-the-art and hugely effective in doing its job. It suppled many tanks to Russia. It had some of the first mobile radar.
De Wolff had reputation for discipline and he used this well as he blended together the essential business skills of warehousing and distribution with soldiering.
Did you or did anyone you know work there?