It was taken around March 1975 in Limassol, possibly at the Britannia
It shows members of RAF P&SS (NEAF) plus some UK civilians and RMP who
worked with our Provost Op lads out of Polymedia engaged in town patrols of
Limassol. After the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 many posts were made
unaccompanied as wives and families who live off base were sent home, whilst
those designated as being in "Key Posts" lived on base with their families in
MQs. Although our HQ was at RAF Episkopi, as single accommodation was over
stretched, we lived in the married quarters at Berengaria for which we received
a daily cash ration allowance as we were classed as self catering. We used to
pool this money in each MQ and it kept us both well fed and supplied with beer!
We also had a Police Club at Berengaria which was transfered from
Polymedia. Unfortunately, when RAF Episkopi closed in April 1975 and RAF
P&SS (NEAF) ceased to exisit, we became RAF P&SS(Cyprus) and the unit
moved to RAF Akrotiri. This resulted in us moving into single accommodation at
Akrotiri as well which was very cramped for the JNCOs and the food in the 2
airmens messses there was awful! The Police club was also moved to
I'm struggling to remember the names of those on the photo but here goes.
Back row standing , left to right, civilian, civilian, civilian, civilian, John
Davies, RMP, ?, Alan Knowler,?,? Dave Thorne,? Dave Hayler, John Clements, ?
Pete Fowler, ? ? RMP, Steve Short.
Sitting: Civilian, RMP, ? ? Jim Cochran, Colin Boardman, John
taken during the later half of 1977 in the Shetland Islands.
The photo shows left to right, Dusty Miller, Alan Knowler & Joe Goode.
We were sent up to the Shetlands for a Taceval at RAF Saxa Vord. As there were
other exercises on at the time elsewhere in the UK we were short on numbers on
the Test Team and Dusty, who was SI, was sent with us to make up the shortfall.
The photo was taken outside our croft that we hired for the week or so we were
there and you can see Muness Castle (the most northerly castle in the UK) in the
We travelled up with 2 escort vehicles from RAF Newton and went overnight
on the ferry from Aberdeen to the Shetlands. Unfortunately when the exercise was
finished there wasnt another ferry home for nearly a week so we had to stay
there sight seeing on Rate 1s ! It was a very interesting trip.
It was taken a day or 2 before the Royal Review of the RAF at RAF
FInningley in 1977.
It shows Cpl Mick Byford on the left and myself on the right with one of
the escort landrovers that we used. in the background are the seats around the
parade area on the dispersals in front of the hangars, one of which is now home
to Vulcan XH558.
I was detached there from P&SS(NR), along with many other RAF Police
from all over the country about 2 weeks before the event. I was an escort
landrover driver with Flt Lt Malcom Jones in the left hand seat. We had to
rehearse many times as various escort vehicles, including motor bikes, were
bringing Royals, Ministers, Senior Officers and other VVIPs, some of which were
in coaches, to the parade area with precise timimgs. As one convoy left another
had to arrive in a specific order. We were tasked to escort Prince Charles and
Prince Edward from a Queens Flight Andover to the parade. I recall that the
aircraft arrived and as Prince Charles descended down the steps his beaming
smile turned to a scowl! We later found out that the Cpl MT driver of the limo
had been given the incorrect pennant by a protocol officer and in fact was
flying the Duke of Edinburghs flag!
Sqn Ldr John Walton was the organiser of the security arrangements for the
review & all the aircraft and RAF police there. As the day approached he was
starting to get a bit stressed, so the late Sgt Geoff Newton organised a bogus
signal to be sent to John which basically said, Royal Review Finningley
cancelled, same dates and timings now at Abingdon. He believed it for a short
while and then upon seeing us ther starting to laugh realised it was a