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HMS MERCURY

Only ever spent 4 weeks there between drafts and avoided doing biffers and duties in that month as well. It was far too pusser for me. Avoided the place like the plague. G Spot trained and did my 2's at Klaver W/T and my Killicks between Lascaris and Kranji. Only knew Ron 'Dan' Maskel when he was RS on the Lynx '60 to '62 and only saw him again in Jufair in '64 when I was attached to 2 Para Regt.

edited for typo...... should have done those biffers/mkx's after all :silent:
 
janner said:
Fireparty at Mercury was good stuff, for some reason I was made throttle man on the pump, had to be the best job, just run on behind leaning on it.

I remember one drill, can't remember the timings, you had so long to pump water from the time the shout went out, this particular night the shout was to the front of the Main House. Fire Party running late threw the suction hose into the ornamental duck pond, sucked it dry and left all of the duck stood in the duck crap that filled the bottom of the pond.
Enter stage left, The Commander, not noted for his sense of humour on a good day, at that moment in time he had lost it completely.
Result Fire Party spent the rest of the evening well into the night, cleaning the duck pond and then re filling it

I was Firefly driver one weekend duty. The alarm sounds, up in the top field (can't remember what it was called), ran down, hooked up the trailer and away I went with siren sounding.
Arrived at the top field, but had a ****** of a duty officer that weekend. He asked why I had brought the trailer up, made me take it back to the shed and got the duty watch to push it up to the field.
What a nobber, and if you are reading this and recognise yourself - your a ********.
Whats the point of having a Landrover with a towhitch on the back and making the duty watch push the bloody thing.
I suppose that's what they taught them at BRNC, week five, how to be a ******.
 
Was at Mercs from Aug 83 - Mar 84 on baby sparkers course, returning for killicks course in 89 (theres a photo of the course I was on in my photo gallery). Then followed by CT course (year 1 of 3) during 93, was there for the final divisions at HMS Mercury in 1993, very sad. After it closed we were taken off CT course for a couple of weeks in Sep 93 to help lift & shift anything worth having from the non-accom side of the road and move it to what became SCU Leydene. I've been back since and the houses where the old SR's accom/dining halls/all weather pitch/training blocks etc are rather impressive. The old sick bay I believe is now a youth hostel for those walking the South Downs etc, the very glamorous stair case in the wardroom was sold off to an American I think.

Things that stick in my mind were the Thursday night bops with such great bands as Mud & Buggles!! The final bop in 93 was a good one too, all the beer had to go!! I also remember the makeshift fence and bridge going up after the Harrods & RM Deal bombs in 83 (maybe 84).
 
The stair case was the 'only' self supporting staircase in Europe when it was in the Wardroom and was a fantastic sight.

The makeshift fence did not go up in 1983 Chaz, not sure of the exact year, but think it was around 1990-91.
 
brigham600 said:
The stair case was the 'only' self supporting staircase in Europe when it was in the Wardroom and was a fantastic sight.

The makeshift fence did not go up in 1983 Chaz, not sure of the exact year, but think it was around 1990-91.

Your spot on, I was on my LRO(G) course at the time which was Sep 88- Feb 89 ish.
 
The building in the crescent are still there with the original names still on them (I was in Inglefield block). Despite them being basic I remember they had really good heating.
The sick bay is now a 'natural centre' including a lovely natural burial place out in the woods, not some ghastly suburban cemetery. They give you the coordinates so you can identify the spot, no grave stones etc, and you can be buried in a simple shroud.
Honestly I thought the place, though a bit run down, had a great atmosphere, peaceful and calm.
I spent a week in the sickbay after an unfortunate car prang near Clanfield. The car died, my modelling career was over due to a couple of scars, and, the PO bunting who was driving whilst drunk had a change of wardrobe!
It is still as remote as ever and the pub in Clanfield that was built in a day has been rebuilt.
I enjoy taking a drive back up there. Not that I'm a morbid whatname of course.
 
sussex2 said:
The building in the crescent are still there with the original names still on them (I was in Inglefield block).
The sick bay is now a 'natural centre' including a lovely natural burial place out in the woods, not some ghastly suburban cemetery. They give you the coordinates so you can identify the spot, no grave stones etc, and you can be buried in a simple shroud.
Honestly I thought the place, though a bit run down, had a great atmosphere, peaceful and calm.
It is still as remote as ever and the pub in Clanfield that was built in a day has been rebuilt.
I enjoy taking a drive back up there.

Was the pub 'The Rising Sun'?
 
Chaz said:
sussex2 said:
The building in the crescent are still there with the original names still on them (I was in Inglefield block).
The sick bay is now a 'natural centre' including a lovely natural burial place out in the woods, not some ghastly suburban cemetery. They give you the coordinates so you can identify the spot, no grave stones etc, and you can be buried in a simple shroud.
Honestly I thought the place, though a bit run down, had a great atmosphere, peaceful and calm.
It is still as remote as ever and the pub in Clanfield that was built in a day has been rebuilt.
I enjoy taking a drive back up there.

Was the pub 'The Rising Sun'?

Bang on and the new one doesn't look any more permanent.
 
God, remember the burger van, only thing to look forward too, spent 2 weeks in sick bay being waited on, pulling that daft fire trolley about and being shit scared of doing night patrols in the woods, anyway was there couple of weeks ago nov 2007, lot of it still standing, Duke of Westminster owns it now, he wants to knock it all down and build a housing estate, the rest which is the bit below the main road is used by a load of hippies, they bury people there in straw baskets, what the hell as this country come too.
Oh, and must not forget backward swimming lessons in the outdoor swimming pool in November, if only we could do it all over again.
 
Was at Mercury in summer of 83 for comms training. So many of these posts have brought back happy memories and some not so happy. The burger van has come flooding back to me and the Thursday night bops. Spent 2 weeks in sickbay with chicken pox. Brilliant, could only eat chip butties and the camp Chaplain brought me some porn mags. Not so good at the end though, they scrubbed my body with a brush to get rid of the infection in the spots. Fond memories of rushing for the bus on harry weekenders to get to Petersfield for the train. I revisited the site recently when on a trip to Pompy, Nov 2007. Very tearful moment. Crescent Rd still there as is the sickbay. All Crescent Road behind barbed wire and eerily silent. Iam trying to find some old photos of the place. May start a website in memory of it all. (doesnt appear to be one on the net) I will keep this forum notified. :thumright:
 
Got to be a good place for a first post...

First went to Mercury in '77 for basic RO training, finished course and ended up on Green Goddesses for a while. Unlike most we were billeted on the camp and it was a real culture shock to be able to lie on your rack in the mess, have the joss pop his head round the door and make complimentary noises instead of ripping your head off :) Went back in '80 for Killick's course, had the time of my life, it was a great place then. Returned occasionally until the Pusser and I parted company and always enjoyed my time there. Was in Pompey a few weeks ago and thought of taking a run up to have a look, but never got round to it. Having read this thread I will certainly mosey on up next time.
 
Was at Mercury late 73 as sprog, freezing winter itchy sea jersys worn on divisions, walking down to clanfield to do laundry and visit the chipy I remember Ben the burger man (replaced by son of Ben or so I was told) things that spring to mind are boring duty weekends had to go to church parade followed by tea & bikkies with the padre, highlight of any weekend was the milkman arriving on the camp on Sunday afternoons any money you had was spent on milk/chocolate and other such luxuries does anyone remember "divacts" and "external divacts" the first one was playing football/rugby on the camp the other was a trip to normal civilisation like ice skating or 10 pin bowling - brilliant. I went back recently because I'd been told there wasn't much left of it but unfortunately couldn't find any of it - found the rising sun without any problems though. Mercury club was excellent.
 

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