ALBERT TURNER


When i was in training as a recruit we used to spend many hours on the Parade square doing foot drill. The commands we most used were By The Right Quick March. Halt. Get Your Dressing. The Squad will Move to The Right. and so on. You have to imagine the recruits were very nervous back in 1978 and where was total respect for the instructor.

I am one of these people that when the situation is serious I seem to laugh at anything. But its hard as you will get a Drill Stick over the head or a Fist in the Stomach, sorry but that’s how it was in the 70s in the army. Any way my good friend Colin Gibson {gibo} was next to me in the ranks when we marched on the Parade Square. I found this image the other day of us on the Square as the called it, the only picture from training, with Kitty The Nurse.

I am far left behind the first lad Lofty Lee who sadly died in Northern Ireland 2 weeks after leaving training.

We were on the square when Colin my mate said have you seen that bloke over on the edge of the Square brushing up. No i said who is it. He said his name is Albert Turner. Confused i was marching along day after day looking for Albert when Colin said if you cant see him you may here his name being called out by the Drill Sergeant. It was when we were coming to turn around i heard the Sergeant shout About Turn. TO understand a bit better that in the army drill trained instructors had a habit of adding their own twang to commands that why one guy would draw out. the words just sounding like Albert Turner.

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