Anecdotes

Harry Douglas Dean. Christmas Island June 58-59. 36 Reg Engineers

My dad Harry is 82 now just wondered if anyone remembered him he'd love to know.

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TRIBUTE TO MEN OF THE 1950's - 1960's NUCLEAR TESTS.

 

 

TRIBUTE TO MEN OF THE 1950’S - 1960’S NUCLEAR TESTS

IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY THE ATOMIC BOMB WAS BORN.
YOUNG MEN WERE SENT TO LAND’S AND DESERT ISLAND’S FARAWAY.
TO ESTABLISH SITE’S, SO THE NATION'S NUCLEAR TESTS BE DONE.
EACH ARM OF OUR FORCE’S WORKED AS ONE.

MALDEN ISLAND

I was on of the original 73 (Christmas Island)  Sqd wh were sent to malden to prepare the sites for the AWRE personal, from living accommadation to the instrument sites.  We arrived in April 57, and were there for the first 3 Bombs that were dropped, all the following bombs were dropped on Christmas Is. after I left for UK. I still have the copy of the news sheet printed on the 15th May, which stated that it was the only paper to print the news of the first drop on the day it happeded.

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Children of the H bomb.

 Hello everyone

 

Transfered from the old site

Name. : Bruce Williams
Dates on Christmas Island. : 1963-1964
Service if applicable. : R.E.
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Time To Go Home.

 

 

Block E 7 Room 4
MT Section,
Royal Air Force,
Christmas Island.
BFPO 170.

7.2.60

Dear Dad.

Well here first of all I wish you a very happy birthday and all good luck for the future. I am enclosing for you a set of Gilbert and Elis Island Stamps I thought you would like these for your stamp collection, so I am sending these hoping you will like them.

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The Jouney Continues, Hotel Commodore.

Omaha, Nebraska.

These are the word form the postcard sent from Omaha Airport.

L.T. 11.27. Your Time 5.23 GMT. 29.10.59

Dear Mum, Dad and All.

Since I left New York I have slept the whole journey.

We have stopped here for about an hour and then we go onto San Francisco.

From, Your loving Son and Brother.

Chris.

Postmark OC 29. 5 AM. AMF OMAHA NEBRASKA PTS 1959. Postage 7 cents.

We have reached San Francisco.  We stay for the day at Hotel Commodore. 825 Sutter at Jones, San Francisco.

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The big news

The big news, in the middle to late 1950's, through the news papers, radio and television, Great Britain was developing Atomic Weapons. I was a few years away for being called to take part in National Service and gave no thought of one day being part of a unique group of personnel, forces, civilian, member service personnel from commonwealth countries and local inhabitance, Gilbertese as in my case and other personnel who went to Christmas Island, North Pacific.

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Memories of a Desert Island, Christmas Island.

The pictures I am placing in the Photo Galleries are of the journey out to Christmas Island. The time spent on Christmas Island and the journey home.


The first picture I like to show is of a map of Christmas Island, my father (he passed away 1994) had of the Island, produced around 1934 or 1935. Over time I will place other pictures in My Gallery but at the moment the other picture I place in the Gallery is a picture of Christmas Island taken from the now retired Space Shuttle. Picture courtesy of NASA.

The Making Of The Man Page 8

This would take place once a week after evening meal. 19.30 for 20.00 hours. They designed the course, a straight dash of 12 feet. The track was 5 lanes, each 6 inches wide, 2 inches deep with raised sides of plastic down the length. This enabled the crabs to be seen and to see each other and to be kept in separate track for the rule was that no two crabs were to be in the same lane. The Police drew up the rules, so we knew they would be fair. However, as Police, Firemen, Clerks, Cooks and 'Posties' are honest. I personally did not see the need for such formal drafting...