"While I was serving my apprenticeship at
Ferranti Ltd, I wanted to buy a motorcycle to travel to Ferranti
at Crewe Toll from my home at Shandon, but I couldn't afford it on my
REME TA Unit
"I therefore joined a REME (Royal Electrical &
Mechanical Engineers) TA Unit based at Alnwickhill Road, Edinburgh.
I think it was the 42nd Light Anti-Aircraft Unitt but my memory is not as
good as it used to be.
I attended weekly drills, weekend exercises
and the annual camp, but then I was told that as I worked on radar
research I would not be able to be called up in an emergency, and I was
They did tell me that if I was very keen to
stay in the TA, there was a Parachute Engineering unit that I could join.
That definitely did not appeal, so that was the end of my TA service."
George Black, Leyburn, Yorkshire,
England: February 27, 2013