13 months on the atoll, I left on an LCM with 71 Transport &
Plant Troop of 28 Field Engineer Regiment. We left Christmas Island on
Sunday August 25th 1957 on the T.S.Empire Clyde - arriving at Liverpool
docks Sunday September 29th 1957. I was into my third year with the
sappers. (Unknown to all of us squaddies, on the 8th November a 1.8
Megaton massive H bomb would be exploded just to the south of Port
London in clear view from the beach of Christmas Island - bigger bombs
Two months before The
Bomb. On a welcome
leave at Oahu, Fort De Russey, Honolulu (via aircraft carrier H.M.S.
Warrior) March 1957 with 64 Field Park Sqn - Stores Troop. We could
only afford one beer each in the night club; poor in contrast with
wealth of some U.S. marines we met on their way out to Tokyo. ...
That’s me second right.