The THIRTIETH Entry was attested at the Administrative Apprentice Training School RAF Hereford on 23 January 1957. Training was undertaken there in the trades of Clerk Secretarial, Pay Accounting and Supply until 31 July 1958.
The pictures below were kindly sent to me by David Drinkwater who was briefly at Credenhill (30th entry Suppliers) before leaving to train as a Halton apprentice. Many thanks David. His account of his time at Hereford is detailed below. If anyone recognises any of the guys in the photos would they please let me know firstname.lastname@example.org
I was recently asked if I remembered Cpl Drinkwater (my namesake) at Credenhill when I trained as an admin apprentice.
The answer is of course YES I DO but let me put the meeting in context.
I applied to join the RAF in January 1957 but failed the aptitude tests, but I was told that I could join as an Apprentice Supplier. ( not suitable for technical training) I did join up with the 30th Entry later that month. My meeting with Cpl Drinkwater was in the Mess when he sought me out and asked me directly if I was going to uphold the name of Drinkwater. My “off the top of my head” answer was “Well it depends on what sort of name it has already” – probably not the best way to start my Service career.
Later on after enduring weeks of bin stock cards I went to see my Flt Cdr (Sqn Ldr Holland) and told him that I was like a fish out of water at Credenhill. We talked for a while and to my astonishment there was another guy called I believe, Bell, ,who wanted to leave Halton and come to Hereford. Sqn Ldr Holland (bless him) arranged for us to transfer – me to Halton and Bell to Hereford. To cut the story short I graduated from Halton and a couple of years later I qualified as a Flight Engineer flying all sorts of large aircraft from the Belfast to the Lancaster.(BBMF) During my time as a flt engineer I also qualified as an instructor and after some 32 years left the RAF to become the Flt Deck Training Manager with
Sorry to hear that Reg Drinkwater has left us. I will never forget that first meeting with him. I do see that my name is still on the Entry list for the 30th.
I am attaching a photo of my husband, ex GO593312/593312 Michael Parrish, who enlisted as an apprentice at the age of 15 in 1956. initially as a ground mechanic, I think, but he very quickly changed to become an administration apprentice. During his time he served in Hereford, from where the photo is taken. He also served at Bircham Newton, and then at R,A.F Oakington Cambs where we met and later on December 23rd 1961 after which we went to R.A.F.Butweilerhof, Germany. After we returned to U.K. Michael was posted to R.AF Bicester where he was in charge of the office at and then we were posted to R.A.F. Episkopi Michael went as the P.A. to the C.in.C there and later became P.A. to the Education officer We returned to Uk in 1969 and after a few years Michael was sent to Ramstein Germany to find and open an office there , working with the American Forces. Here he was awarded with the B.E.M. and then he was posted to R.A.F. Rheindahlen, as P.A.to the C inC Sir Michael Beetham. From here Michael went to Wellington New Zealand as a Flight Sergeant and then as Warrant Officer. In Wellington, the CinC of the New Zealand forces asked him to stay there as his P.A. and also to work in the headquarters. However, we had to return to England and Michael worked at R.A.F Stanbridge, Leighton Buzzard and then to R.AF Catterick, before going to Moscow in 1984 until September 1986.
On returning to England Michael became the Families Officer at R.A.F Coltishall where he remine until his retirement when he was asked to join SSAFA. He used one of the quarters as his office for a number of years.
We settled here in Roughton, Norfolk and Michael then joined the North Norfolk University o the Third Age and became the Administration Officer and Web site organiser. He was still enjoying this until he became ill on 6th September 2017 and after 2 months at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital he died on 6th November 2017.
This is very brief resume of Michael’s service in the Royal Air Force and I was lucky to join him in most of the places in which he served, apart from his 6 months tour in Ascension Island.. I did manage to spend a couple of weeks there with him on holiday.
If there is anyone who knew us and would wish to see some o his photos from all over the world, I would be very pleased to write to them
Thank you for forwarding the newsletter. I love to hear abut people who were in the forces.