Where you in the 50 Brat Pack if so Please get in Touch
(we mean children)
See Below for E-Mails Received
50 Brat Pack (alias children) Ha! Ha!
David Baker would like to know if you were a child in 50 Missile Regiment & would you be interested in forming a club under the auspices of the 50 Missile Club to be known as the 50 Brat Pack with the intention of having our own reunions run on the same lines as the 50 club?
Did you attend Cornwall school in Dortmund?
Were you in the Army Cadets?
Were you a member of the Youth Club & do you know who started it and who were the youth leaders in your day?
Were you a member of the Scout Group & who were your leaders?
Were you a member of the Cubs or Brownies & who were your leaders?
Were you a member of the Girl Guides & who were your leaders?
Does anyone have any photographs or memorabilia of their time in any of the above organisations or has it all been lost?
E-Mails recieved as at 05/02/2014:-
Just found your site and recognized a couple of names from my past!!
My dad Bill Leath served in the Regt in 33 Bty from Troon days and I remember well
the move to
. Train and boat and finally in the back of a 3 tonner to Ginsterweg!! Menden
First school was
just outside the back gate to the camp, then Menden till Cornwall School
1966 when dad was posted back to Larkhill, and then in 1967 I joined the RAF!!
Kids I went to school with, Palfrey twins,
DavidEasterbrook, Thompsons, Philip Ferguson,
Heather Dove, Miller kids.several,Wagsaff,Pearson kids...just the ones from Ginsterweg.
Still got my membership card from the Youth Club..
If this qualifies me as a member then I'm in!!
Sent from Ted's iPad
My name is Roy Nicholls
I lived in
I also went to Cornwall School Dortmund.
The names I can remember are Margaret Philips, Moira Hill, Kim Harper,
Lynn Cowan, Julie Ahearne, Nicky Jackman, Gary de Buse and Ellen Crabtree
I also worked at the SKC and visited the Youth Club.
Is anyone coming over for the reunion?
It would great to hear from anyone out there.
I have been reading some of your messages and they all mention Cornwall School however i went to Alexandra School ,
My dad was in 24 Missile Regt from 50 we were based in Dortmund camp seven BFPO20.
Are there any of you out there that went to this school?
Hi my name is peter appleby. I have three sisters trish. Pauline and sue. My dad was sgt frank appleby.We all lived in menden
and went to cornwall school. I am in touch with ritchies.
Hello David ,
my name is Gary De Buse, my dad was BSM of 36 Arcot Bty and we lived in Mecklenburg Str from around 1972-1974, my mum Rosemary worked in the lads NAAFI,
I went to Cornwall school until I dropped out and joined the NAAFI in Sid Linghams place.
I was involved in the youth club, oh, and I worked in sweet kiosk at the cinema under the evil manageress!!!
Names I know of are Diane Lowings, Sue Smith, Nicky Jackman, Petra and Roy Nichols (who are still in Menden and I have met Petra in benidorm a couple of times
Ellen Crabtree who I married), Paul Fudge and many others.
I recently went to meet up with Sharon and Wendy Smith, daughters of Don and Ann Smith.
I understand there is a re-union in Menden ? Regards Gary (Sister Michelle De Buse)
Sadly dad died at the age of 71 on the island of Benbecula where the unit used to go to fire missiles.
Hi my name is Malcolm Green i was a day boy at Cornwall School during 1971-76.
I don't recall any names from that time but i lived on Konigstrasse so if anyone remembers me
Drop me an email.
My name is Margaret Cattell nee Phillips
I lived in Menden in Droste Hulschoff St from 1966 to 1973
I went to school in Menden, then Iserlohn, Hemer and onto Cornwall School Dortmund
I have a sister named Brenda
Mum was a bus escort on the Ginsterweg run
Dad was originally in 15 battery then was transferred to HQ and died in 1994
Names I remember are, Roy Nicholls, Frank Mullet, Moira Hill, Lynne Cowan, Alexis Moran, Sandra O'Neil, Julie Ahearne,
Anyone out there would be good to hear from you
I I'm Steve Astles, I lived in Menden from 79-84 I went to Cornwall school, was in the cadets and went to Menden youth club.
I'm on Facebook for those interested and have a few friends from Menden on Facebook.
Shaun and Karen Anderson.
Wendy and Debbie Kavanagh,
Steve and Kim Mcluckie
Connie Dee (ne Coombes)
Hello Tony, perhaps you might care to add the details of my Father and Mother to the Obituaries section.
My Father, Nev Coombs was Provo Sgt at 50 Med Regt in late 1959- 1961/2 and we, Dolly (mum also dec)), Connie (me) and my brother Kevin lived at 56 Ginsterweg.
Unfortunately my brother aged 3 1/2 years at the time fell from a bedroom window on February 29 th 1960 and died later the same day in BMH Iserlohn and is buried in Rheindalen Military Cemetery.
I have some wonderful memories of my time in Menden but also as you can imagine some very difficult ones which still come to the fore at times. I can honestly say that the day my brother died was the day my family broke up despite my parents trying to keep things together for another 7 years.
My father married twice more and although I only met up with my father twice during the period up to his death, I know that he was immensely proud of being in the Royal Artillery and his time in Menden and later with 94 Loc Regt., Celle.
I was told that he died from a severe heart condition whilst awaiting having an operation to amputate his leg, but I have never had any contact with his wife. Hence not being 100% sure of his death date.
I do know that he was so proud of his army medal though and he gave it to me a couple of days before he and my Mother split up , General Service 1918-62, G.VI.R., 2 clasps, Malaya, Arabian Peninsula, and I was devastated to see that it had been auctioned off after it had been stolen from me, but there was nothing I could do about getting the medal back after all these years ( it was stolen in 1977 by his 3 rd wife no less)!I never met my Father until I was almost 3 years old but I do know he was in Egypt and then Malaya from 1950-1954ish and then he went out to Aden during 1955-1956. Often wondered if a medal was issued for that period too.
When my brother died my parents were given compassionate leave to return to the UK for a few weeks and I was left behind with Johnny and Ada Pringle and their young son and older daughter ( Pat I think she was called) . I was well looked after but still had to attend school which was run by a Miss Crosby I think she was called. Our padre at the time was Padre Wall or Walsh I think and I do know he spent more time at our house trying to patch up the rows between my parents than he ever did in church ha!ha!.
Names I do recall are Cyril and Rita Saddington, we used to stay with them each time we travelled from Celle to visit my brothers grave, John Jolliffe who was tragically killed on his way home from school, Lillian Miller, Jean Jorden, Sandra Bradbury, the Harrisons, all 13 of them I think, including Barbara and Jane who were about my age. John Masara ( sorry if I have spelled that wrong) June Pearson, the Jarvis boys, and the faces of those whose names I cannot recall at this time!
Happy days all round but I am now waffling. I just wanted you to know that Neville Coombs has gone on to that great parade ground in the sky and his first wife, my Mum, is also there, Dorothy(Dolly) Florence Lynch, formerly Coombs.17/7/1933-11/11/2000. I doubt they would have met each other with open arms though!!
I am now a Mum and Grandma and for my sins I also married a squaddie but one from the R. Sigs! Just celebrated our 32 nd anniversary and not too bad either.
Many thanks for your time,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours,
How appropriate. As I rapidly approach my 50th birthday (September this year) my thoughts often return to days gone by. Perhaps reminiscences are a side effect of the male menopause, who knows?
My dad (Tom Ellis snr) was in 50 Missile Regiment from about 1962/63 to 1974-ish. I believe he spent some time in both 21 and 15 batteries, though not necessarily in that order.
I don't remember a great deal in detail, I was about 13 or 14 when I left. In the ten or so years he spent in Menden we lived with a German family, on camp (Block 8, was it?), Danzig Strasse and Mecklenberg Strasse.
I do remember Mrs Green, though, who ran the cinema. Someone mentioned her in an earlier email (above). She ruled that place with a rod of iron. If you chewed your toffees too loud you were ejected. Tell you what tho, I remember one occasion, she must have been on holiday and they had a relief manager in.....and it was chaos! You just could NOT sit and watch the film in peace. Kids were virtually rioting. I've never been so glad to see the return of an authoritarian figure as I was when Mrs Green came back to work.
I attended the school on camp, Iserlohn , Hemer and Cornwall School , Dortmund .
Names I remember? So few of them these days. Margaret Banks, her sister Anne, brother whose name I think is Neal. Anne MacLean ( McLean ), Carol Stott (who put me onto this site), Diane Grey.
My mum was best mates with Dora Appleby (now sadly deceased, as is Frank). They had a handful of children, Patricia, Peter, Pauline, Susan (I think I'm right about those names. May have been another sibling, my memory's just not that good).
Best of luck with your brat pack, I'll watch the site with interest.
My dad, William Connor, used to be in 50 as you`re already aware no doubt. I saw the website, figured i`d be up for the 50 brats reunion things. i`m going to my first reunion this month so it should be good fun. Just an email to say that really!
I have just seen the photo of the gates of the enterance to the camp in Menden for the first time in 30 years.I lived in Von Ranke Strasse.My father served in the R.E.M.E and we lived there on 3 occasions over 7 years.I went to school in Isherlone,Hemer and the first 2 years of secondry school were spent at Cornwall in Dortmund.My mum and Mrs Drysdale were bus escorts for what seemed a long trip. I was in the cubs and one of the new leaders (we voted his name) was King Louie. I was also in the football under 12's and under 15's Menden Wanderers.The managers name I have forgoten,but I am sure that his son was my mate Jim Logan? I remember going to the youth club in the celler next to the Sargents Mess ? And to the church army shop to play table football and the jukebox. What good times have just gone through my mind. If you would like any more memories of 1971-1977 and know anyone that knows me please feel free to E-Mail me.I would like to remember some more. Many Thanks
Andy Burns aged 42
My name is Lee Simpson.I lived in Von Ranke Strasse,before we left Menden in 1987. My Dad was WO2 (BSM) Simpson of 15Bty. I would love to join any club involving 50 Msl Brats. Please let me know if this is possible, and I will send my details. Many Thanks,
In answer to your questions Lived in Menden as a brat for 6 years Attended Cornwall school 1980-81 Was a member of the 50 youth club(still have the membership card) Was a Cub (Chippy Mcque was a pack leader) can remember living next door to mary(god rest) and chippy in 1978 Will try to attach some school photos of 50 brats at summern school soon. Hope this helps to start the 50 brat pack page Regards Martin Shepherd Twin Son (Dougie Shepherd )19/36 Bty
Regards Martin Shepherd
Just looking at 50 msl regt website & seen your link. I lived in menden from 1981 to 1984 & went to Cornwall . my tutor group in the 6 th form was 6te. I remember Harrison was head, mr berry was my English teacher in year11(5 th year). Still go back to Germany from time to time as have a friend who lives there. Was a member of 26 regt cadets. I went to menden youth club and I think there was a bloke called scartt or scartliffe who ran it. He was with 50.
would be interested in staying in touch with anyone or having reunion. Great idea.
Regards dean buxton
My father was stationed in Menden from 1965-67, I remember Menden like it was yesterday - Northumberland Barracks, Cornwall School, the youth club etc. Walter (head prefect) used to be in charge of the youth club with, I think Mr and Mrs Green. We lived in the terraced houses just outside the barracks. Names that come to mind are: Lorraine Turner, Zena Pritchard, Margaret Gregory, Dianne Holland, Geoffrey Turner. I'd be v interested in forming a club - don't hesitate to give me a bell on 01202 604564.
SHEILA DANKS (nee Wayman)
I was a 50 brat (though i was a teenager so obviously I rebelled agains the tag brat), I think I know Kevin Greasham as his name certainly rings a bell. I attended Cornwall School and prior to that Windsor Girls, my Dad was BDR Billy Woodhouse and mum was Maureen who both used to run the Menden Youth Club (much to my horror at the time) and mum worked in the 50 sally army where I and my mates spent most of our Saturday's, Sundays and school holidays, torturing everbody by deliberately putting Mr Sandman on the jukebox and thinking we were the funniest people ever. I'm in touch with 2 other pads brats (Major Tunny's daughter Davina, and Andy Mason but I can't remember his Dad's name or rank). We were all mates at 50.
I'm just entering my busiest time at work but come September things go a bit quiet for a few months and if I can help I really would like to.
All the best and you've created a great user friendly site!
I've just visited the 50 missile club website for the first time. I grew up with 50 missile. Moved from Dortmund to Summern around 1974 and then to Menden (wunne) around 1980 then to Ginsterweg around 1982 untill leaving home at the age of 18. in touch with lots of other brats from the 80s, was also in the army cadets at Cornwall school. before that went to Summern School. Went to Menden youth club. have photos somewhere. sure between all of us who are in touch we have enough memories and photos to fill site on website. would love to hear from anyone else who is interested in starting the brats page. please feel free to contact me.
Bev Walsh (now Curry) daughter of Seargant Major Terry (curly) Walsh and Mrs Barbara Walsh - 51 Kabul battery. Sister to Carl Walsh and Yvonne Walsh (now Davies). Kids I remember - Karen and Sean Anderson, Racheal Walsh, Denise King. Vicky Mahoney. Amanda Hunter. Julie Winch. Tracey Utteridge. Yvonne Parkin, Louise Fairhurst. Sabrina Jeffries, Lloyd Trotman, Carol and Tracey Jardine. (all the mods and mob).
would love to hear from you.
Bev Walsh now (Curry)