A&AEE People

The following lists were created based on personal recollection 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. 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+)


  • 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 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)
  • 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)


  • Peter Adcock
  • Cid Blake
  • John Brent-Jones (I/C Tech Service division)
  • Jack Chamberlin
  • Bob Claton (on the old Sabre beacon bench)
  • Roy Dafter
  • Paul “Bricker” Day
  • Walter (digital) Denby (RIP)
  • Roy Dixon
  • Wesly Elton
  • Mr Ernest (I/C apprenticeship scheme)
  • Doug Grey
  • Jock Hadden (I/C Electronic Workshops A/B)
  • “Ging” King
  • Joe Lock
  • Brian Mathews
  • Alan Mayhew
  • John Paton
  • Bob Prichard
  • “Smudger” Smith
  • Chief Tech Stevens
  • Ken Thurbon
  • Stan Yem
  • Barry (?)
  • Derek (?)
  • Gary (?)
  • Jeff (?)
  • Sue (?)

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 Thurbon 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.