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oddarch48

Location: United Kingdom

Member Since: November 2017

Last online: November 2019

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Walsall in the sixties was my only view of the world but I wanted more. Although a far better place than the current Walsall it was a backward in it`s "Things to do category". From an overcrowded four bedroomed house in the posh part of Blakenall: That`s what I told people, Sharing space with eight siblings and mom and dad was always going to be an uphill struggle. At seventeen I wanted to join the Army, REME, but I needed my dad to sign a release for me. He was adamant that they had kept me for seventeen years and now it was payback time. I could and did live with that notion but Army life had been glamourised by two of my best friends, John Foster, RAOC and Buster Marshall RA so I persisted In my quest to enlist. A year of constant barraging persuaded my dad to let me go only to shut me up. Dad`s short time in the conscripted forces had convinced him "You don`t want to that son."But this was 1966, the best army careers the best music, what was there to lose except my life, A relatively minor thing. Towards the end of the year, I was released to find my new life. Private Stringer put Walsall behind you, As they say, tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life.      This is my first twenty months in the Army.

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