Detention Quarters

jungle_jim

Lantern Swinger
I have never had the pleasure of DQs (came bloody close mind but they couldnt pin it on me You will never take me alive reggies) any way this has been very interesting to read and I hope it continues to grow with all the naughty boy storries.

cheers uncle albert, now i know what they had you doing in there
 

stirling2

Banned
Cell 69....July 74....The worst thing about DQs was the thought of going in ...after the first day you realise it is just like basic training but more intense..and they lock you up at night. I also remember the RM C/SGT..he was a real character, during 'lectures' he would regale us with tales of his service..had us in stitches. They weighed you when you went in and on discharge just to prove they had got you fit and you had lost weight....the food was okay and as I was the oldest in there more often than not I was picked for kitchen duties, come discharge I had gained 2 pounds which pissed off the Joss..he blamed the scales.
 

tufty

Lantern Swinger
neil6814 said:
In the fifties there was no swimming, videos TV or lectures. There was no communicating with each other at all. Every day except Sunday was spent either doing rifle drill at the double or the assault course. Only on Sunday did you spend the day in your cell, that was after Church,which was followed by one of the screws reading the headlines out of the paper.Only on Sunday were you allowed to lie on your bunk ( which was wood covered with your hommock matress which as the older hands will know was extremely thin ) and read, however all you had to read was The Bible and Bade-Powel's "Rovering to Success" All other times that you were in your cell you either did your task or polished your tin ware, including you toilet pan. For polishing you had to grind up brickdust and mix it with soap and water. As for the toilet pan, you weren't allowed to use the toilet, you had to use the pan in your cell and then polish it afterwards
I guess in 2007 that would be classed as abuse - even for the 1950s it sounds pretty much unacceptable - how times have changed.
 

sgtpepperband

War Hero
Book Reviewer
The old and bold West Country RM was C/SGT Bean, if I remember correctly. I also remember him telling us about his career; joined as a boy in 1946, did his time and joined RNDQs as Staff in 1969... and had three bars on his LS&GC Medal!

:shock:
 

tufty

Lantern Swinger
Looks like it was 1995 - searched on Google and found an article on the navy News website - part of which said: "Lt Finch’s post was established in 1995 when the RN Detention Quarters or DQs closed their heavy doors..."

Tufty

www.s61.org
 

ANGWISH

Lantern Swinger
stirling said:
Cell 69....July 74....The worst thing about DQs was the thought of going in ...after the first day you realise it is just like basic training but more intense..and they lock you up at night. I also remember the RM C/SGT..he was a real character, during 'lectures' he would regale us with tales of his service..had us in stitches. They weighed you when you went in and on discharge just to prove they had got you fit and you had lost weight....the food was okay and as I was the oldest in there more often than not I was picked for kitchen duties, come discharge I had gained 2 pounds which pissed off the Joss..he blamed the scales.
I was there about the same time, don't remember room no. bottom level right hand side, about half way along. I was on the Bulwark at the time. She was in dry dock in Guzz, and i wos fed up doing fire sentry for the dockies. Took a pile of money out of the bank and went walk about. Ended up in France for a month, ran out of money and went back. I rember lots of square bashing and assault courses. The guy in the next "room" was a leading steward from ST. Angelo who poured a tureen of soup over the captain's head :roll: :cool:
 

Seawolf

Midshipman
I spent a night in there after, getting piss in Guz on a Friday night, thinking it a good idea to pop and give the misses one (when I was meant to be duty weekend). Then coming to my senses in Pompy on Saturday, decided to hand myself in to Nelsons main gate, they put me into DQ’s for the night then took me back to Guz on the Sunday. Free taxi ride, until I went to skippers and they fined me £80, which was a lot in 1982. A few months later they drafted me to travelling escort, picking Jack up from all over the country and taking them to DQ’s.
 

tufty

Lantern Swinger
If you want to see them today the post code is PO1 3HH Type that in to Google Earth and it will take you to roughly the right place in the dockyard. You see a large shed with a dark grey roof and six horizontal bars on the roof and a white roof immediately to the right. DQs is just to the SW of this shed by a mini roundabout.

Tufty
www.s61.org
 
I did 28 days in '73. Got 4 days off for being a good boy! Divisions and assault course every morning. Clean ship every morning. Lectures,swimming,firefighting and damage control. Parade training and assault course, set diet. Cleaning your room and kit musters, the screaming skull!! Came out fitter than a butchers dog. Did I want to do it again...NO WAY!!!
 

Kit_Muster

Newbie
I did 28 days in the summer of 1980.my memories include.
The screaming skull.{instructor}
The morning mile and a half run.
Slopping out.
The best scran in the RN.
Having to wear a whitefront under your no 8s.
Being issued boiled sweets after dinner,as a non smoker instead of fags.
Our instructor.better than any jossman i met elsewhere.
Changing brassards every saturday morning.{different coloured epaulettes to dignify how long you had been in}
 
Didn't do time myself, but knew a Chief Cox'n (5' 5" of pure venom) who was drafted to DQs from Pembroke in the 70s (I think) - a real nasty swine, used to have Dress Patrol leaping on everybody on the Terrace Road (except the trainees - well cushioned they were....)
It was about the time the Cox'ns became part of the Regs

Can't remember his name, but once met never forgotten.
 

pingbosun

Lantern Swinger
G'day all.

Did 28 in Terror cells as when they took me to MCTC Kinrara, they didn't have enough room for me so I was sent back to do the DQ's in the holiday camp.

promise I will tell the story, if I haven't all
readies.

QR's and AI's state that DQ ratings cannot be kept in their cells through the day and must be outside doing the usual crap they had devised. I probably came out weighing more than when I went in, even managed a couple of visits to the Naafi and the cinema outside it in Terror Barracks.

pingbosun

 

Buccaneer

Badgeman
Used to know a Reggy SD Officer by the name of Bayliss - believe he was OC of Pompy DQ's at one time.

Hell of a nice guy unless you crossed him.
 

Sandyman

Newbie
Did a 28 stretch in July 75. Was on the Exmouth at the time & there being no more pits or mics available I had to sleep on the deck. Me feet were right at the bottom of the accom ladders. One morning this PJ killick greenie comes off shore & kicks me with his steemin bats cos I was late gettin up. Blood everywhere & I lost me big toenail. So I stuck one on him.
He went crying to the Joss & wanted me trooped for assaulting a superior.
Joss put him right about assaulting me first but still trooped me for dissobaying a direct order, which was never given.
Naval justice didnt exist.
 
Buccaneer said:
Any readers ever end up in Colchester ?
I never did but a good friend of mine did whilst still a nod at CTCRM, he was an aussie and ex Royal sigs, he was on the parade ground at Lympstone and some DL was screaming into his face, so, he just dropped him. 28 days later he resumed nod training. Last I heard of him he had joined the aussie SAS.
 

protons

Badgeman
did 28 days in 80
Screaming skull!!!!!
morning runs
clean your floor of dust with beret
light rescue courses at dartmoor (WHY??)
My 'room' was in between 2 OD sonar AB's who kept morsing each other on the water pipes that ran through all the cells.
 

flyboy

Banned
tufty said:
neil6814 said:
In the fifties there was no swimming, videos TV or lectures. There was no communicating with each other at all. Every day except Sunday was spent either doing rifle drill at the double or the assault course. Only on Sunday did you spend the day in your cell, that was after Church,which was followed by one of the screws reading the headlines out of the paper.Only on Sunday were you allowed to lie on your bunk ( which was wood covered with your hommock matress which as the older hands will know was extremely thin ) and read, however all you had to read was The Bible and Bade-Powel's "Rovering to Success" All other times that you were in your cell you either did your task or polished your tin ware, including you toilet pan. For polishing you had to grind up brickdust and mix it with soap and water. As for the toilet pan, you weren't allowed to use the toilet, you had to use the pan in your cell and then polish it afterwards
I guess in 2007 that would be classed as abuse - even for the 1950s it sounds pretty much unacceptable - how times have changed.
It was my duty to accompany one poor soul to RNDQ's Portsmouth prior to sailing for the South Pacific. I delivered another "body" that's how they referred to them -to the military prison at Ardmore, just outside Auckland. I know comparisons are odious but Ardmore was far more unpleasant and stentorian than ever Pompey was. A recidivist in Ardmore? I think not.Portsmouth? Possibly.
 
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