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Message for Chay Blyth
I saw on the notice board that Chay Blyth is trying to get in touch with Dave Gibbins. I am the Secretary of the West Berks PRA and heard that Chay Blyth is looking to make contact Dave Gibbons. Dave is now living in Canada but has to come to the UK periodically to keep in line with the Immigration laws of Canada.
I met with Dave at Heathrow Airport Departure Lounge and we swapped email addresses, this is Dave's:
If you could please forward this to Chay and hopefully they can make contact!
|Message||For Chay Blyth|
Found a phone number for Dave Gibbins:
Don't know if it is still valid.
|Message||For Chay Blyth.|
You are correct about miscellaneous websites, some of which are 'unofficial'! It is something that we are trying to remedy.
By default most people now communicate on Facebook (3 Para Reunion Club) and even then another similar Facebook page has appeared.
This website is monitored but not every day - hence this now.
Anyway, the last address we have for Dave Gibbins is; 182 Abbotswood Road, Brockworth, Gloucester, GL3 4PF.
He was not at the last reunion in March.
I'll try to get contact numbers for you.
|Message||To Lt General Sir Huw Pike|
On this day back in 1964 we were led by your good self on active service in the Radfan! You'll perhaps remember me as your No 1 on the 3.5 Rocket Launcher and Hugh Henderson as No 2. Memories come flooding back to me of that night when we were on a fighting patrol! I recall your order to fix bayonets when we came under enemy fire and cold chilling clicks as the bayonets were fixed! Also action in the Wadi Dhubsan Hugh Henderson and did some good work with the 3.5. Since then during a long career you commanded our battalion in the Falklands and led it to the victory at Mt Longdon. I'm always proud of the fact that you were my first platoon commander!
Congratulations on becoming the President of the Para Reunion Club! They couldn't have asked for a better man!
In closing I hope all is well with you and family
If you are travelling with others, they may not want to transit through Perth. I thought you were coming on your own and you could have stayed at my place. However I couldn't put up another family. It would probably cost you as well, if your original plans were to fly direct to Sydney. Most flights diverge for Perth and or Sydney in Dubai. Depends on who you fly with.
Meeting Gerry tonight I will give him your regards. I have a pint with him on a Tuesday and Friday evenings.I think I might still have your phone number stuck on an old wallet somewhere I will try to dig it out tmw. My L/L is 01873 830316. Tom Moorhouse comes down to my place from H. when I go way to look after the house. He has joined Gerry and I on many an occasion and spent many an hour beating their gums over Operation Storm. (Don't mention the goats to Gerry) Stay Lucky
Thanks for the offer, have lost your email address so if you still have mine appreciate details of the weekly "RV". My regards to Gerry, have not seen him since I left in '84.
Surprised no originals at last Reunion, met up with Alan Campball, Trev. Humphries and Ron Regan last August and they are all well.
I will speak to the family that I am travelling with to see what I can do. It would be great to have a beer with you again.
I went up to Blackpool for the Patrols Reunion. I think I was the only one of the original Patrol Company up there.
Stay strong in relation to caring for your wife I had 8 years of looking after my little Deb's until she died last April. George Munroe came down to her funeral which I really appreciated. As for Judith Durham I just had a look and all I can say mate is who are we to judge. I certainly have not grown younger looking. I can remember that when Peter Chiswell our OC heard she had written back to us he said she was the only pop singer he liked
One small aside when I first moved here to Wales I met a bloke in a pub from the lot up the road who was doing the jungle phases of his selection at the same time as we were doing our pre deployment training in Brunei. He stayed on the dark side got commissioned and was in charge of their training and selection. We meet twice a week for a pint. Small world.
You take care mate. Chris
|Message||Chris, I live in a suburb of PERTH WA and I am practically a full time carer for my wife. Perhaps if you can transit through Perth on the way to Sydney, then we could definitely meet up. Have you seen a photo of Judith Durham lately, changed a bit since the days at the haunted house.|