A&AEE People

The following lists were created based on personal recollection from various people of names of people that worked at A&AEE Boscombe Down during the periods concerned. If you spot any errors or omissions then please send me an email so I can make corrections (there are undoubtedly many errors as its 50 years on!). Better still why not leave a message on the ‘A&AEE blog‘ so some of your old friends might be able to share your memory’s or reconnect. I will be happy to add lists of names for different periods and sections, if anyone cares to send me information.

Technical Services (1960+)

Apprentices:

  • Reginald (Reg) Buckingham (1966-1971)
  • Victor Callaghan (1966-1971)
  • Roger (Cham) Chambers (1966-1971)
  • Robert (Rob) Cook (1966-1971)
  • Barry Elkins (1966-1971)
  • Martin Elliott (1970-1974)
  • Peter (Pete) Foot (1964-1969)
  • Gary Forsey (1970-1974)
  • Pete Frogget
  • Pete Gray  (1966-1971)
  • Gordon W Hind  (1964-1969)
  • Ian D Huntley (?)
  • Ralph Hursthouse (1966-1971)
  • Derek (Max) Mulholland (1966-1971)
  • M R Payne (?)
  • Derek E Pickett (1965-1970)
  • Tom Prince
  • Vaughan Roberts (1967-1972)
  • D I Spiller (?)
  • Graham Surman (1966-1971)
  • Eric M Toomes  (1964-1969)
  • John Tucker (1966-1971) RIP
  • Keith Turner (1969-1974)
  • Roger Thurston (?)
  • Dave Warne (1966-1971)
  • John Watson (1966-1971)
  • Keith Wigmore  (1964-1969)
  • Miles Witt (1969-1973)
  • Min Mathews (?)

Larkhill Apprentices

  • Gordon (Buggsy) Reid (1966-1971)
  • Trevor Neuman (1966-1971)

Staff:

  • Peter Adcock
  • Geof Abbot?
  • Cid Blake
  • Ted Bray
  • John Brent-Jones (I/C Tech Service division)
  • Jack Chamberlin
  • Pat Claton (on the old Sabre beacon bench)
  • Roy Dafter (was initially running E-Lab then an equipment checking in/out desk in ‘Electronic Workshops A’)
  • Paul “Bricker” Day
  • Walter (digital) Denby (RIP)
  • Roy Dixon
  • Wesly Elton
  • Mr Ernest (I/C apprenticeship scheme)
  • Nigel Garnet
  • Paul Goodfellow (store man)
  • Sue Green? (worked with Roy Dafter)
  • Doug (Dougie) Grey
  • Ian Grey
  • Jock Hadden (I/C Electronic Workshops A)
  • Gary (Slim) Halsey
  • Gordon Hind (worked in radio section with Alan Mayhew)
  • Henry Horton (175 retraining)
  • “Ging” King
  • Jack Last
  • Joe Lock
  • Brian Mathews
  • Min Mathews
  • Alan Mayhew
  • Mick Muddiman
  • Dave Murphy
  • Nick Nicholson
  • John Paton
  • Bob Pittman
  • Bob Prichard
  • Frank Rawlings (second in command ‘Electronic Workshops A’)
  • Jack Retter (I/C Electronic Workshops A/B)
  • Bob Seager (radio principles tutor)
  • Sid Sidebottom
  • “Smudger” Smith
  • Chief Tech Stevens
  • Ken Thorbon (Comms radio servicing)
  • John Tubb (175 retraining)
  • Stan Yem
  • Pete Williams
  • Barry (?)
  • Derek (?)
  • Gary (?)
  • Jeff (?)
  • Mick (the crunch)?
  • Sue (?)

Salisbury College Of Further Education Tutors:

  • Mr Turtin
  • Mr Maplin


Personal Note: We all need a little help (and good fortune) to make it through life. During the Boscombe Down phase of my life, my first piece of good fortune was having an amazing apprentice master, Ken Thorbon who, not just gave me a great practical education but also looked out for me and made sure I was retained after finishing my apprenticeship. My second piece of good luck was having a fantastic boss, Jock Hadden who, with the support of his boss, John Brent-Jones, created the opportunity for me to go to University for which I am eternally grateful. Since those distant days, we have all walked our own long roads and will have encountered many different people and times; wherever life has taken them, I hope they met people along the way that were as kind to them as they were to me.