Thursday, 24 April 2014



Richard Nobby Clarke

I served with the Boy's Squadron
between 1953-55
Richard Clarke and Who?
Hoping this site may bring a few of
us together
Nobby Richard Clarke

I joined boys Sqn at Gibraltar barracks on 3 Jan 1953 I was just fifteen on the first day I was issued with my kit and a 303 rifle and bayonet and a bugle then a trumpet but Bob Hardaway the trumpet major gave up on me as I was tone deaf, the barracks were from Victorian times and they had not changed much from that time no heating only a stove in the middle of the room with only enough fuel for a few days no hot water in the wash rooms just cold taps, every so often we where marched to the bath house to be signed in for a bath with a time limit of about 10 minutes.

I think we numbered about forty or fifty boys and life was hard as well as the discipline but we got on with it and made the best of it, we where paid 17/6 a week 7/6 was kept in credit for us with 10/- = 50p to spend you had to buy your toiletries and cleaning kit and pay for your frequent haircuts from this.

Later I think about 1954 we moved to Malta barracks into the old wooden spider huts that was like coming out of the dark ages as they had central heating lots of hot water, showers and bath’s.

My time in boys Sqn was a happy time with many friends who I would like to meet again one of my best friends was Scotty who I met again in Singapore at 10 Port Sqn were he was a skipper of a old Z craft that I was using as a Diving boat when I was on detachment for a short time from 11Independent Field Sqn on a diving job in 1958.


  1. I have started this site to try and bring old ex Boys from RE boys sqn together you can cotact me on email phone 01594834749

  2. Nobby

    I was also at gibralta Bks in early 1954 befor emoving on to Malta barracks. we must have been there together for a while. I remember very few but I do remember Taffy Telling, Ginger Malcolm and especially Vernon Stead from Rumney Monmouthshire. I had the good fortune to go to have a look around Malta barracks last month and a very nice guard Sgt took me around the old spiders, it was fantastic to see some of the spiders had hardly changed at all and most of the toilet-washing ablutions were h same. I really enjoyed the visit and took some photo's which I will get to you if you want them? John Roberts also 11 fld Squadron Malaya.

  3. John Roberts.

    If you read this please get back to me. Nobby has, unfortunately, passed away and I am in the thro's of organising keeping this blog going in his memory and also organising a "RE Boys Malta Barracks Re-Union" on 1st September this year. Finding "Old Boys" is not easy. A list of names Martin Pring and I have managed to put together to help the memory banks will be published in the near future. My direct E Mail is: