ALEX GEORGE BRITTON – ST. GEORGE BARRACKS 1963 – 1966
I served with 76 Squadron Royal Corps of Transport (Royal Army Service Corps) Landing Craft Tank, known as 76 Sqd RCT LCT, from 1963 till 1966. I myself was in the Army Catering Corps (ACC) serving on board the landing craft that were based in HM Gun wharf on the Portsmouth side. When not on board ship we used to stay in St Georges Barracks Gosport, we moved there from a Marine Barracks on the Portsmouth side I cannot remember the name.
I have many happy memories of St Georges barracks, and the picture of the gym reminded me of the time the RASC Military Band gave a concert in the gym it was fantastic, and after some of us went to a pub with some band members, I think it was The Railway Arms! and the band members that were with us had an impromptu jam session that went on late into the night.
The Railway pub landlord used to let us squaddies run up a bar tab, which we found very handy, but the pub we used most was The Fox Just around the corner I suppose it was closer, also it was opposite a bookmakers shop which if I remember right had just become legal.
Some times when I was not on board ship I used to help out in the officers mess when there were having a do, I remember that they had a civilian cook who was an ex German POW, I remember that we used to trap pigeons on the roof and make Pigeon Pie.
Also there was an odd job man who used to keep the grounds tidy he was an ex Commando I cannot remember his name but he was reluctant to talk about the war, and he never swore but used to say “Frigging this or frigging that”.
Things were easy going at St, Georges Barracks, and although we were Army we had a distinctive uniform which consisted of policeman’s navy blue trousers, blue navyÂ work shirt, and a white roll neck pullover. with this we wore an Army beret and Army badges of rank.Â The other thing I remember is that we never wore Army boots we were issued with black shoes.
On our upper sleeves we wore the Squadron badge which was a replica of the Squadron flag which was a Union Jack in the upper left hand corner of a navy blue background with crossed swords on the middle of the blue part of the flag.
I do remember that when we moved into the barracks it had just been refurbished and everywhere had been spray painted with a speckled type of paint, the barrack rooms were quite large roomy and airy Â and as I remember we only had about five people to a room.
Well that’s all I can remember for now, if you would like to hear some more memories let me know.
Alan George Britton – Ex Lance Corporal 23745756 ACC