Joined Dec 23 2011
84 years old
British Columbia, Canada
After being defered 5 years I received the dreaded card directing me to 'present myself' at Cardington - I believe in March 1959, my serial # is 5068469 and someone with a number close to mine could refresh my memory with the actual date. Then to Bridgenorth for basic training - during which I was sent to a station near Manchester for trade testing (airframe mechanic) which gave an SAC rating (and a little more than 30 shillings a week - the allowance for a national service man).
Basic training was cut short due to a course at Locking - where most of the people were of similar age due to being defered or full-time service men being upgraded to radar technician. Shortly after arriving I got a 48hr. pass to rush back to Leeds, get married - purchase a caravan and arrange for it to be moved to Locking. Margaret and I lived off-base in the Summers Lane caravan site. A most enjoyable period.... Margaret got a job in a furniture store in Weston Super Mare (opposite the town hall) next to the coffee shop/caffe frequented by the Apprentices. With her wage and my N.S. 'pitance' we managed quite well.
After completing the course I was posted to RAF Neatishead, near Horning having Type 80, FPS-6 and a Type 7. Neatishead is now a museum to radar development - from all comments it may be of interest to fellow Lockingers,