Detention Quarters

tufty

Lantern Swinger
Every day I go past the old DQs on the edge of Portsmouth Dockyard near Unicorn Gate. Now its the Royal Marines School of Music and the gates are open most of the time on the dockyard side. I believe the cells are used as practice rooms. During my time in the pusser 67 - 80, it was used as DQs and there was much speculation and myth about what life was like in there. Anybody out there ever go in there? What WAS it like? Just wondered...!

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Stripey_G

War Hero
Never actually been "in" there Tufty, but did escort a guy in there once and then out again.On the way "in", he was a typical matelot, rough and ready, on the way"out" he looked as fit as a fiddle and his eyes sparkled!!
First thing he said ....."could do with a beer"!!! :shock:
 
One of my leading hands did a spell in there and claimed it got him fit enough to get a place on the Field GunCrew, mind you he didn't volunteer for another spell.
 
Did 28 days in Nov 75.
Run a mile before breakfast, 2 cigs a day or sweets if you were a non smoker. The only thing I found strange was washing your bed sheets by hand every Saturday... Did a rather interesting civil emergncy course in DQ's, how to lower people from high buildings whilst strapped into a strecher etc. Used to be able to put your seat on top of the table, then stand on top of the seat you could then look out of your cell window and see drunken matelots getting back into Nelson barracks after a run ashore.........
 
All of the "staff" were extended service people. Good guys actually. The one I remember mainly was a RM C/Sgt who when we had to go out od DQ's (for swimming etc) he always told us " if you want to escape, please do so I will not be chasiing after you, I'm to old for that". He also was a taxi driver part time, got in to his taxi one night afterwards on the hard heading for southsea, he did pass on wors of wisdom ie I hope you have a condom with you.. There was even an old Joss who had served in the 2nd WW as part of the staff.
 

ronalder

Lantern Swinger
tufty said:
Every day I go past the old DQs on the edge of Portsmouth Dockyard near Unicorn Gate. Now its the Royal Marines School of Music and the gates are open most of the time on the dockyard side. I believe the cells are used as practice rooms. During my time in the pusser 67 - 80, it was used as DQs and there was much speculation and myth about what life was like in there. Anybody out there ever go in there? What WAS it like? Just wondered...!

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I was part of an escort once for a guy who had been on the run for some months, and had passed his time robbing shops. This was in about 1953. The escort was a PO, a killick and one able rate(me, very young and scared of everybody senior to me!) We went from Rosyth to Pompey, by train and halfway through the night(journey was about 6 or 7 houirs in those days) the PO thought the prisoner was looking suspiciously at the door, so he handcuffed him to the luggage rack for the rest of the trip. When we got into the gates at DQs the first thing that happened was me getting screamed at for wearing my patrol armband wrongly, and the second was me, again, getting screamed at for helping the prisoner with his kitbag, hammock and toolbox. I vowed there and then that I would never , ever get sent to DQs in the future. Luckily I managed to keep the promise, although I got close once. but that's another story.
 

neil6814

Badgeman
I did 28 days in 1953. Cell number Collingwood 95.
I'll never forget the cry; "Up behind your doors. Stand by. Out!"
Big Tiny was the Royal Marine Seargeant Major.
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
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Got Second Class in late '90 for putting a firework under a Killick Spec's pillow for reasons I won't go into at the moment... I had done two months' worth of puns and the same Killick was winding me up on the Forecastle so I gave him the finger. Within a week I received another Warrant and was awarded 48 days detention (retained) in DQs.

Was crapping myself when I was dropped off at the big blue gates, but the surprisingly relaxed welcome I got from the old and bold CPOs and C/SGTs made me realise that it was not as bad as people had warned me. Mind you, I was a little bit pished off after my joining kit muster, resulting in me having to buy a complete new set of kit (apart from ym money belt and shoes) to the tune of £250... just a couple of months before they got rid of KUA and brought in 'one-for-one'!!

Obviously I wouldn't want to do it again but I can look back on my time in 'Deeks' - released after 32 days with all remission outstanding! - with a smile, as the wise and experienced staff there taught me many lessons which I have carried into my personal life.
 

andym

War Hero
I was held Incommunicado in Recess for 4 days while being investigated for Misuse of Drugs.Spent most of the day asleep,only to be woken up by the Lads in DQ's proper doing physical jerks etc, and the twice Daily interview with Mr Nice Crusher and Mr Nasty Bastard Crusher and the Evening inspection by the Duty Officer.Same set of No8's, was a bit crusty after 4 days in the same rig.After my 4 days holiday i returned to Haslar to find me up before the Jimmy on a "misuse of Govt Property" charge for having brake fluid in a 200ml pussers medicine bottle!7 days 9's i got for that,although if they had checked,they would have seen it was Pussers Brake fluid as well!LOL




Just popped into me head a dit i heard once.I was in a pub in Spalding and got chatting to a chef who in the course of the convo told me about a riot in Deeks.This was prior to 1984,i cant remember the year.He and a few other matelots were drafted in sharpish,issued SLR's to back up the Staff.Is this a true dit or not?
 

tufty

Lantern Swinger
Thanks for all the replies! OK – so you had a joining kit muster, you did civil emergency exercises, you had to stand behind the door and all come out together, you went out for swimming and it sounds as if you got fit. What did you have to do all day though? Sit in your cell, go to lectures, meaningless tasks, parade training? What happened if you didn't want to co-operate?
 

UncleAlbert

War Hero
Tufty.

Of course as I am the original airy assed stoker you won`t be surprised to learn I did 40 days back in 67.

I`ll do you a proper write up as you sound genuinely interested, but not today mate, to much on.

In the meantime might I point you towards a book called “the Red Sailor” which gives a very accurate account of life in Pompey DQs. I can`t remember who wrote it but it`s still available at the library.


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onions

GCM
Ah, The Red Sailor. I read it when I was on the Victorious in 63-64. The Reg staff tried to get it banned onboard. So when we pulled into HK loads of the ships company went shopping in the Red House and bought copies of "The Thoughts of Chairman Mao", then walked around with the book poking out of No8s shirt/trouser pockets. This really did send them ballistic. As I was the ships postman the joss wanted me to "inform" him of who had copies in my mess. No answer was the stern reply! I got a job change fairly rapidly!!

Semper Strenuissima.
 

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