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C and M troop 73 christmas island squadron royal engineers

jock fraser (on thr right ) taken january 1959

Does this forum address WWII in 1945, I have 30-40 great photos of my fathers from that time

Does this forum address WWII in 1945, I have 30-40 great photos of my fathers from that time

main camp 1959

main camp 1958

main camp 1958

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Joes hill?

I recently read an artcle on the Island and it contained the following 'The island is perfectly — no, ridiculously — flat. The highest point is a 35-foot-high mound, Joe’s Hill, erected by a British serviceman who was bulldozing coral and tar sands to construct the road that runs the length of the island. According to one account, he made the miniature hill as a perch for camping, preferring the seaside solitude to the military barracks.

I wondered who 'Joe' was and the location of his 'hill'. Anyone know?

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Here is a link to the official Operation Grapple film, made in 1956.!  Were you there - are you in it?    http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060020933


Brian (Twink) Longworth

My father was a Cpl with 28 Field Engineer Regiment on Christmas Island between June 65 and March 57.  He died in 1981 as a regular serving Captain. His nickname was or became Twink. I am hoping that someone somewhere might have known my father, got a few stories to tell or even better got some photographs of him.  He received a BEM for his services on Op Grapple for being in command of a section operating one of the asphalt mixing machines during the construction of the main runway of the airbase on Christmas Island.

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Sunset over Christmas Island.

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Evening View.


View one evening across one of the Lagoons.

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Silhouettes in early evening.


Myself in forground and Colin Grantham in distance.  Taken in early 1960.