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British units serving in Cyprus 1955 - 1959

This is a list of the British forces that served in Cyprus 1955 - 1959. It is NOT our intention to ignore any unit which served.  We wish to get the facts correct and produce an accurate list of all the units who served.

Due to time pressures and a lack of staff, we can no longer update these pages. This may change in the future, please bear with us.

We'd like to say a thank you to David Carter for helping us to compile this page

Squadron Aircraft Base
1 & 34 Hunter Nos 1 and 34 squadrons were deployed from RAF Tangmere to carry out patrol duties over the Island using Hunters during the Suez Crisis.
The duration of the operation was approximately 6 months.
The aircraft travelled to Cyprus in stages, refuelling at Istres, Malta and El Adem (Libya).
Sequences for the film "High Flight", starring Ray Milland, were filmed during the tour.
We were billeted in tents at Nicosia and then Akrotiri. We lost three aircraft - one went off the end of the runway at Nicosia, one had a flame out on take off, and another had its wing destroyed by explosives planted by terrorists. Two squadrons of aircraft (24) of 1 and 34 squadron were sent but only one set of groundcrew selected from the two squadrons. Thanks to Anthony Kent for this entry. Anthony has kindly donated some pictures to the website, there can be viewed HERE.
Although 1 Squadron was disbanded after the Suez Crisis, it was subsequently reformed in 1958 from elements of 263 Squadron and deployed for a second tour of Cyprus from RAF Stradishall in Suffolk. 'The Hunters staged through Orange (a French Air Force base, 60 miles NNE from Marseilles) and Luqa in Malta, while the ground crew trundled along in two Beverlys,' says Tony Fairbridge, a radar mechanic seconded to the squadron. 'The Beverlys took off some hours before the Hunters so that the ground crews arrived in Orange at the same time. This was to ensure that any in-flight problems could be sorted before the Hunters flew the next leg to Luqa. By the time the Bevs got to Luqa the Hunter plots had been in bed for hours. We fixed whatever problems the Hunters had and pre-flighted them before we got to bed, and were off the Nicosia at first light. The Hunters left some hours later and arrived before us. We spent the next three months in tents at RAF Nicosia, leaving just in time to get home for Christmas.'
6 Venom FB4s Squadron moved to Akrotiri from Habbaniyah in April 1956 with Venom FB4's and its aircraft participated in the first strike on Egypt in November 56. The Squadron re-equipped with Canberra BI6's in February 57 and four of the remaining Venoms were ferried to Aden to serve on 8 Squadron.
7 Lincoln Billeted in temporary accommodation in Famagusta, before the Turkish Navy blew it to bits. Nicosia was our base. Flew on to Malta later
8 Venom FB4 to Jan 1960
Venom FB1 from Dec 1956
Akrotiri 5/9/1956 to 20/12/1956
13 Meteor PR10 to August 1956
Canberra PR7 from February 1956
Akrotiri 10/2/1956 to 1965
32 Canberra B2 from Jan 1957 Nicosia 11/1/1957
Akrotiri 18/3/1957 to 1969
33 Gloster FAW 7 Javelin 33 Squadron consisted of Gloster FAW 7 Javelin aircraft deployed from Middleton St. George to Nicosia for three weeks during April 1959 under Wing Commander Norman Poole. The squadron were also deployed to Akotiri, serving as duty all-weather defence squadron
34 Hunters See the entry for No.1 squadron or click Here
38 Shackleton MR2 Detached from Malta 1958-9 for maritime patrols
39 Meteor NF13 3/1953 to 6/1958 Nicosia 9/8/1956 to 23/3/1957
Detachment at Nicosia 3/1957
Nicosia 19/5/1958 to 18/6/1958
54 Hunters I arrived at 54 Sqdn who were based at Odiham around Easter 1958. They had been in Cyprus before, so they knew the ropes when it was announced we were going again. We were equipped with Hunters and arrived in Cyprus via Malta sometime in early July. We were billeted in tents and the conditions were abysmal.
As an engine fitter I found working conditions were very hot to say te least.
We had one or two little scares such as someone finding a bomb in our NAAFI which was near the "tennis court cinema"
I can remember the anger of the Paras who used to drink in that NAAFI when that service wife was killed in the street. They had a rope and was going to "string" one of the NAFI workers up because he was not a very pleasant being.
I was sent home for demob in October,,but was horrified to hear that the servicing party from 54 had a bomb go off in the Engineering Officers brief case. The flight had been delayed, otherwise an accident of some dreadful proportion would have occurred in mid-air.
My one regret is that I did not get a GSM because i had not served 120 days in Cyprus. 4141041 SAC GITTINS B W
63 Squadron leader Johnstone was with H Q at RAF Ayios Nickolis. And a flight detachment at RAF Pergamos and RAF Cape Greco.from 1957 to 1960.63 Did escorts to Cape Andreas daily. Thanks to George Moffat for this entry.
70 Valetta C1 to Jan 1956
Hastings C1 & C2 Jan 1956 to Jan 1968
Nicosia 12/12/1955
73 Venom FB4
Canberra B.2s from March 1957.
Nicosia 5/11/1955-30/7/1956
Akrotiri 21/12/1956-1969
84 Valetta C1 Nicosia 11/3/1956; disbanded 31/12/1956
103 Sycamore HR14 from August 1959 Nicosia 1/8/1959 to 1963
114 Valetta C1 to December 1957
Chipmunk T10 November 1958 to March 1959
Nicosia 20/3/1956; disbanded 31/12/1957
Nicosia 15/12/1958; disbanded 14/3/1959
144 Valetta C1 to Jan 1956 Hastings C1 & C2 Jan 1956 to Jan 1968 1/1956 to 1/1968
208 Meteor FR9 to March 1958
Hunter F6 March 1958 to March 1959
Akrotiri 26/3/1956 to 7/8/1956
Nicosia 1/3/1958; disbanded 31/3/1959
C/O squadron leader Granville White
230 Pioneer CC1 from September 1958 Nicosia 27/11/1958 to 7/4/1959
234 234 fighter Squadron deployed to Cyprus June 1955 (Nicosia) Air firing.
249 Venom FB1 to November 1955
Venom FB4 July 1955 to October 1957
Canberra B2 October 1957 to Jan 1960
Nicosia 26/9/1955-4/11/1955
Akrotiri 27/8/1956-11/3/1957
Akrotiri 15/10/1957
284 Sycamore HR14 Nicosia 15/10/1956; disbanded 1/8/1959

Air traffic control centre, RAF Nicosia C.O. Sqdn/Ldr Woodcraft. Flown in from RAF Ismailia in batches to give ATCC cover, ground to air and ground to ground. Based in R/T caravans about 2mls from the tower at Nicosia.I was timex in sept. 1956.
CSO MEAF EPISKOPI, Arrived at above unit April 1957 and stayed until December 1958. In tent throughout service. Section C O Air Commodore Blair . NCO Sergeant Paddy Storm.
Levant Communications Flight,RAF Nicosia
   Flight had 2 Percival Pembrokes, Meteor F.7 and F.8s, Vampire T11, Shackleton, and believe it or not an old Beaufighter use as target tug. Unit did air practice camps with fighters from UK and elsewhere, communications and casualty evac; transported governor Harding to and from Akrotiri, and "defended the island" in between visiting Hunter squadrons from the UK. shared a dispersal area with the three gannets of the navy detachment. C.O was flight lieutenant Tony Lampkin. lot of National servicemen on the flight.
Levant Canberra Servicing Unit,RAF Nicosia
   Located ASF RAF Nicosia T2 Hangar November 1957 to May 1960 Carried out servicing on Canberra Aircraft Following bombing outrage on hangar at Akrotiri November 1957.
Middle East Air Force (MEAF) Communications Squadron, This squadron had two Vickers Valetta C2s, (transportation for the CO's of the MEAF and Army), a Meteor Mk 7 and three Percival Pembrokes. The Squadron was based at RAF Akrotiri and the commanding officer was Squadron leader'Paddy' Northmore.
Air Plans Section hqunit MEAF10, Raf Nicosia., section was deployed about 2 or 3 miles further south than nicosia airport on arrival from suez.squadron leader Periole was co.we arrived about oct. 1954.
Original Sycamore Helicopter Flight I was posted to the helicopter flight in Nicosia in 1955. Two Sycamore heli's and three pilots. Flt;Lt; Faye. Flt.Sgt. Tony Harrison, and myseld as Master Pilot. I was the pilot of the Sycamore who captured the three terrorists who were responsible for Corporal Hale's Death. A lot of bullshit has been published about events leading to this shooting and the aftermath. We chased two of the trio and made them lie flat after they were too exhausted to run any more. The final man, hiding up a tree was arrested by me as Tony Harrison held the Sycamore on the ground near the tree. I later flew the Chief Inspector out to the area, and we found the murder pistol. Other claims regarding a Flt; Lt; doing chase in a vehicle and shooting one runner are false. Also the warrant officer who claimed to have arrested the third man from his perch in the tree is similarly bullshit. Thanks to Master Pilot Jim McCorkle for this entry.
Station Instrument Training Flight, Based at RAF Akrotiri. Flew three T4 Canberra Aircraft also received and refeulled all visiting aircraft. I was an Air Electrical Mechanic on this flight from Jan 1958 to August 1958. Thanks to John Humphries for this entry.
Transit Service Flight. RAF Nicosia, Cyprus, 1956-1957. Serviced all of the aircraft flying in for the Suez, campaign, including French and Israeli aircraft.
I was a member of this flight, serving as an aircraft engine mechanic from February 1958 to July 1960. The flight's sphere of activity was not limited to the Suez crisis as is indicated on the website, although it was certainly active in that. As the name implies the section was involved in all transit aircraft in and out of Nicosia. In addition to the full range of RAF aircraft then being flown we were continually involved in the ground handling of all civil aircraft and other military aircraft from the USA, France and Italy.For the RAF we provided 1st line servicing on Vampires, Meteors, Beverleys, Britannias, Comets, Hastings, Canberras, Varsities, Pembrokes,Valettas, Doves, Devons, Austers, Hunters, RN Gannets and helicopters et al.Plus US C130, C119 ,and French Mysteres and a ww2 savoia Marchetta. Civil aircraft included, Yorks,Constellations,Vikings,DC3 , DC4, DC6,Viscounts, Hermes etc. Airlines then included Pan Am, BEA, El Al, Air Liban, Cyprus Airways,British Eagle. Our section worked a 4 shift system and provided a 24 hour service for military and civil aircraft year in year out. Our NAAFI was blown up in late 1958. Squadrons of Hunters were handled by us being flown by RAf pilots to the Jordanian and Indian air forces. The Mysteres were going somewhere similar. Thanks to John Thorpe for this entry.
    4 Air Formation Signals Regiment C.O. Major M. E. Golding, based at Nicosia Airfield.
     3 Wireless Carrier Troop, 4 Air Formation Regiment Detachments of 3 Wireless Carrier Troop were to be found at RAF Nicosia, RAF Kormakiti, Cape Gata & Cape Greco. They provided Radio Relay links between the RAF Radar sites, using American AN/TRC equipment at VHF frequencies, to the main Sector Operations Control in RAF Nicosia. Our OC, I believe was Major JKV Lee Royal Signals. I served with the Regiment between July 1956 and Nov 1957, through the Suez conflict.
     17 Airfield Troop, 4 Air Formation Signals Regiment RAF Akrotiri, I served there 1956/58 Oc 2nd Lt Jones. We installed telephone systems of the field variety. We lived in the Cawood bungalows, That were for the married families. As well as the phone system we operated radio facilities at Cape(s) Gata and Greco. The RAF co was Group Captain McDonald. Thanks to Peter Smith for this entry.
RAF Mountain Rescue
RAF Parachute Jumping Section Attached to 3rd Parachute Regiment housed in a make shift camp outside Nicosia.

Royal Air Force Regiment
No 2 Field Squadron RAF Regiment
3 LAA Wing, Wing Control and Reporting Flight Commander Flying Officer Morrison, Wing commander Hunt, Served in Akrotiri May 1959-October 1960. Thanks to Stephen Darby for this entry.
   HQ Squadron, 3LAA Wing, RAF Regiment, Akrotiri, Cyprus I was awarded my GSM with Cyprus Clasp while attached to work in the Orderly Room HQ RAF Regiment 3LAA Wing. Flt Lt Wright was HQ Squadron Adjutant, Sqn Ldr Arthur Barnard was 27 or 37 Squadron Commander and acting CO of 3LAA Wing before Wg Cdr Hunt took over the appointment in 1959. Thanks to Michael John French for this entry.
5 LAA Wing Headquarters based at RAF Nicosia, Commanding officer Group Captain Millhouse.
8 LAA Wing 8 LAA Wing, RAF Regiment, RAF Nicosia, duration of tour 1956 to 1959. C.O. Wing Commander, De Brett,
26 Squadron, 5 Wing. The CO of 26 LAA from 58-59 was Sqn Ldr RW Twineham in Nicosia. Thanks to Laurie Twineham for this entry.
27 Squadron, 3 Wing.
28 Squadron, 5 Wing. 28 Squadron was commanded by Sqn Ldr Thacker and was deployed at Akrotiri and Nicosia during 1956-58. Habaniya 1955, Mafraq 1956, Nicosia 1956, Akrotiri 1956-7
29 LAA Squadron, CO SDR LDR J BANGAY, Moved from Mafraq Jordon to Akrotiri, 3mth stint, Sgnt R Allen in charge of patrol in Troodos mnts. Thanks to Gordon Chapman for this entry.
37 LAA Squadron, 3 Wing, R.A.F. Akrotiri
62 Rifle Squadron, R.A.F Shallufa.
194 Squadron Akrotiri 1958, where they were disbanded on 16th November 1960.
Cape Greco Detachment RAF Regiment
RAF 1153 Marine Craft Unit
  Based at Limassol with three launches 2625 2751 2761 and Pinnace 74. Lieutenant Hunt commanding officer from 1958.

Royal Air Force Police H.Q., 24 Police District, Larnaca Road, Nicosia.
C.O. Wing Commdr.H Shepherd, [Asst Prov Marshal]. He was awarded O.B.E for services in 1959. Flight Lt. Young was awarded M.B.E.same time. Several N.C.O.s were awarded B.E.M.s during EOKA campaign. I was a Corporal and served August 1957 to Sept 1959. There were detachments in Akrotiri and Famagusta. We worked alongside UK Police Civil Police and Military Police patrolling the whole Island but concentrating on the Cities. Thanks to Roderick Van Hollingsworth for this entry.
RAF Concentre RAF Ayios Nicolaos, I was a Sgt in 1956, posted to Ay Nic and worked in the Circuit Control Centre(CCS)Oct '56 to Apr '59.I was on duty the night I was "engineering" the CAF circuit to Iraq when they told me they had to close down because Iraqis with machine guns had entered the Control Room and were threatening them. I passed this on to the WO in charge of the "middles" watch (as we called the night shift" but was not told what he did then.
I did not see much of the island during my tour because with working shifts, it was seldom possible to find other people to form the requred convoy (usually) of four cars with an armed man in each, which the EOKA troubles made necessary.
Tactical Air Control Centre, Nicosia,(near Secretariat building)
Technical Wing HQ.RAF Akrotiri, CO Wing Commander E. Burchmore ("Uncle Eric"). 2ic Sqs Ldr D McWilliams. Served there 1961-62.
  we were a small RAF unit who controlled light fixed wing aircraft (Pioneer) and helicopters, call sign heli charlie. This was a 24 hour a day operation. Dated from 28 Nov 58-21 March 59. The one thing that sticks out in my memory was when one of the pilots from 230 sqd.said, 'If I was you blokes I'd get back to RAF Nic asap. They have just released the prisoners from the detention camp at Morphoo Bay.(sounded like) And are turning all the vehicles over as they head your way' So we did. The unit was disbanded and we were posted to 280 SU Akrotiri.
7 Signals Unit RAF
  Cape Kormakiti. Unit was a Radar Convoy, Eventually used Myrtou, an ex Army camp as domestic site but tech site stayed at Kormakiti. Squadron leader Smith as CO during 1956. Camp at Cape Kormakiti first opened in August 1956. Jim Fail S/Ldr Smith and F/O Brian Wyley. Convoy of R V T's came a little later. Early September. Seven water spouts came up off the between Cyprus and Turkey, at least one of which fell on the domestic site. Then domestic site was moved to the ex Wiltshire Regiment camp about eight miles east. I (Jim Fail) ran regular daily transport between Nicocia and Kormakiti, collecting stores and personnel also ran personnel to the beach for bathing twice a day as there was no water on camp, except a 500 gallon water bowser which was for drinking and catering only, this was filled from the village water supply, one tap at the trough in the village, two medics and a guard filled the bowser while I went to Nicosia, and I collected them on the way back. Many Thanks to Denys (JIM) Fail for the detailed information.
20 Movements Unit, detachment of Ayios Nikolaos, RAF Unit handled troopship and stores shipments. offices and yards on the dock, CO Flight Lieutenant Ezra, also F/lt Greeves and Seargeant Mannix on staff.
33 Signals Unit, RAF Co Wing Commander Horn 1956-1958, teleprinetr section.
RAF Troodos Homer A totally undefended 10 man detachment providing VHF/DF bearings to Civil and Military aircraft, existing during the EOKA saga. I/C was Sgt. Alastair Wilson. One Easter we learnt that we were completely surrounded by EOKA mortar sites which, fortunately were never fired! Our total defence being 2 Smith & Wesson .38 handguns, 2 Greener shotguns and about 3 Sten guns all of which I, as the Radio mechanic, used to look after - honourary acting armourer, untrained - and unpaid. I also used to look after the Cyprus Police teleprinter and telephone radio relay links, later joining them as a Divisional Radio Officer. I am finding it very difficult to get news of this station and its then resident "Troodites". Please contact me if you are still of this earth (I am 70 now but just 19/20 in those days) Despite the terrorists and the Suez Canal war it was an idyllic posting. Thanks to Robin Stichbury. 4158292 SAC for this entry.
103 M.U. Akrotiri
  Maintenance of radio and teleprinter equipment.
113 M.U. Nicosia
   This was the main maintenance unit supplying RAF Nicosia ,and employed about 90 airmen of various trades including a big MT section. During my time there in 1955 to 1957 The station commander was Wing Commander Campbell-Orde. A very large number of airmen were transferred to Nicosia from the Suez Canal Zone which was closing down in 1955.
264 Signals Unit RAF CO Squadron Leader Taylor 1954-55. The unit was based at Ay Nic until 1958. I served here 1957 to 1958 when this site was closed down and the unit moved to RAF Pergamos. I was on the rear guard and took some photographs of this old unit as we dismantled the site. I then Served at Pergamos to Sept 1959. The commander of 264SU during 1958-59 was Wing Cmdr. M.E.Pulvermacher. Officer in charge at Ayios Nikolaos was Wg.Cdr. S. M. Mc. Gregor. At least he signed my discharge Certificate. At the old site at Ay Nic there was a central hut built for signal operations with the same old radio trucks previously mentioned and a field telephone to contact Ay Nic guard room. RAF Pergamos was a new camp with proper living accommodation, not tented as back at Ay Nic. and with a purpose built and (then) modern communications centre, married quarters and the signal watch workers erected a canvas covered hanger which was used both as a stores unit and an indoor cinema for all RAF Pergamos Airman and officers. Thanks to SAC 3523691 Richard Dolman, WOP(A) for this entry.
  Located on a patch of waste ground at Ayios Nicolaos. OIC was Sqd Ldr Taylor. Commenced operations in summer 1954, Worked from two vehicles and a caravan (no airconditioning!)
  Cyprus Fitting Party, c/o 264 Signals RAF Cyprus We were on attachment from RAF Henlow. I was assigned to the receiver unit at 264. Signals Unit at Ayos Nicholias.
    280 Signals Unit, Cape Gata. August 1956. This was a Convoy Radar Unit formed on 25 June 1956 known originally as No.280 Signals Unit (Akrotiri) but on 21 February 1957 re-located to Cape Gata. Badge has face of cat and motto 'Eyes of the Cat'. Set up originally to cover the invasion of Suez, it was a tented temporary camp that lasted for about twenty years and was known to the main camp at RAF Akrotiri as 'Hell on the Hill'. Detachment on Mt Olympus, Troodos Mountains. Around 1962 Domestic Site closed and men moved to Akrotiri, followed in the early 70's by the operations aspect. The whole unit was closed in 1975 and the detachment at Mt Olympus was then re-titled 280 Signals and continues today, although '280' was closed as an RAF unit 31 March 1994, it continues as an MOD Joint Services Signals Unit. Thanks to Martin C D Greig for this entry.
    751 Signals Unit (Cape Greco and Ayious Nikolious), Commanding officer Sqdn Leader R Street. A mobile signal unit camped in tents providing radar coverage of the area. C.O. Sqd Ldr. Mc.Donald 1958. Detachment at Cape Andreas
Mobile Radar unit based at Cape Greco until late 1959 when it was closed and some personal transferred to Nicisia.
This closed jan l960 and transferred to Cape Gata i.e 280 SU.
stationed at cape greco from late 1957, I had the nickname "Nero" then sent on detachment to Cape Andreas for a time,then on to central opps centre Nicosia, billeted in Caywards bungelows,close to transit camp.
RAF Signals Detachment, Heraklis, Cyprus signals detachment from raf pergamos,on the nicosia to famagusta road. 1961 - 1962.
RAF Signals Detachment, Troodos, Cyprus Troodos is second highest point in cyprus,the station was VHF/DF HOMER direction finder. I was the cook 56 to 1957 I/C was sgt Marmion later followed by sgt Wilson. Total of 10 men ran the station, we were right at the summit with no perimeter wire around us a bit scary with Eoka roaming around us. but was no1 posting. I was 20/21 then now 73.
5001 Airfield Construction Squadron RAF.
During the Emergency myself and 8 other J/ts and Cpls were emergency drafted to RAF Nicosia to take over the Supervisory roles of the trade groups (Electricians / Building Trades etc) required for AMWD to function. Reason was that they sacked all Greek Cypriot workers (most were Foreman grades - kept on the Turkish Cypriot labour force - mainly unskilled) and I as a Cpl Plant Operator was seconded to run the Plant section of AMWD based at Nicosia.
Following the death of two airmen in the RAF Nicosia Transit NAAFI explosion on the Saturday of Remembrance weekend November 1958 Operation 'Murex' directed Detachments of 5001(AC)Sqn from RAF Idris HQ and RAF El Adem together with considerable increase staffing from the Airfield Construction Depot at RAF Wellesbourne Mountford to RAF Akrotiri and RAF Nicosia in support to AMWD who lost DEL trades as result of that explosion. Subsequently 5001(AC)Sqn HQ moved from Idris to Akrotiri in May 1959 under initial command of our late Sqn Ldr Trevor Redley until ACB Branch Disbandment in June 1966.
Further information can be found at our website : RAF Airfield Construction Branch Association
When the Suez Crisis was at its peak, almost the entire Squadron was uplifted overnight from RAF Idris to RAF Nicosia. I remember we were located in tents accommodating about 6 people and these were almost lashed together. A trip to the latrine pits at night was fraught with danger. Our CO was Squadron Leader Derek Little. Our main job was repairing the runways and making temporary extensions to enable fighters to take off and land for Suez. A most exciting last few months of my National Service. (August to October 1956). Thanks to Jim Cooke for this entry.
  based at Akrotiri was there in 1960 and then moved to RAF El Adem in Jan 1961 which was a detachment from Cyprus.
RAF Cape Gatta
Ground wireless unit providing ground to air communications for the planes flying over to Suez.


 
 

1st Guards Independent Brigade Group HQ, Limassol, Nicosia (Waynes Keep). Kyrenia, Paphos, Dhekelia, Larnaca. Brigade Major, Major John Miller - Welsh Guards. Camp Commandant Capt. James Cowley. Coldstream Guards. CSM "Stretch" Richardson. Welsh Guards.

HQ 3rd Independent Infantry Brigade HQ 3RD independent infantry brigade 1956-1958 was based on Kyrenia Rd, Nicosia, duties were internal security Troodos area including finding EOKA hideout near Makharios monastery and death of Avxentu also loss of member of duke wellingtons.
HQ 19th Infantry Brigade
   LAD REME July 1958 - October 1958. We were under canvas in a camp just outside Limassol. During the time we were there we did some recovery work and guards for the port.
Our commander of the LAD was ASM Fred Beckett and the Brigade BEME was Major Bob Pursley.
HQ 50th Independent Infantry Brigade was based at Kykko East camp. The first CO was Major Langworthy. Later there was a change to its structure and Major Yates, KOYLI, became CO, with Major Mc.N Boyd, of the Irish Guards, in charge of Intelligence.
HQ 51st Independent Infantry Brigade Rear HQ at Dhekelia Garrison.
Royal Horse Guards (The Blues - the Household Cavalry).
A Squadron was at Famagusta from 1957 to 1959, Camp Karaolos. B & C Squadron, Royal Horse Guards were stationed in Camp Elizabeth, Nicosia 1957 to 1959. Adjutant was Sir Nicholas Nuttall. 2/IC A Squadron was Lord Beresford at the same time that Procter and Strangeway were shot while shopping down Hermet Street. The Royal Horse guards returned for a second tour in 1960 to relieve the 12th Lancers so they could return to uk to amalgamate with 9th lancers.
12th Royal Lancers were based at Camp Elizabeth 1959 until the regiment left in 1960.
C Squadron 12th Royal Lancers went straight to Karaolas Camp, Famagusta when they landed in 1959 and stayed there until the whole regiment left in 1960.
14/20 King's Hussars
6th Royal Tank Regiment, circa 1957 at Dhekelia.
Life Guards
2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards outside Limmassol June 1958 then on 4 hour standby outside Nicosia airport to go to Kartoum in the Sudan stood down when trouble ceased. Commanding officer lt.co Bowes Lyons.
3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards
Irish Guards
1st Battalion Welsh Guards
Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) served 1954-1956, Campbell, RSM Neil Cameron, Drum major Joe Dempsey, pipe major Hugh Fraser.
1st Battalion Royal West Kents (Queen's Own, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment),
   MT Section, 1st battalion, Royal West Kents. cbs nicosia, major camball officer in charge, duration of tour driver.
King Regiment (Liverpool), Famagusta 1950.
Royal Norfolk Regiment (Royal Anglian Regiment) - CBS Camp, Nicosia.
1st Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment arrived in cyprus in aug 55 camp in nicosia on famagus road moved to limasol about june 56 lad reme until dec 56 moved to germany advance party until demob in march 57.
Devonshire & Dorset Regiment
Suffolk Regiment
D.coy. 1956 -58 Nicosia. Commanding offficer -Col-Bevin, Sgt Tom kelly
Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's Light Infantry)
Royal Leicestershire Regiment (Royal Anglian Regiment) Famagusta, Cyprus 1955-1958.
2nd Battalion Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment) ), based at Alma Camp, Dhekelia. It arrived from Egypt in August 1954, as part of the plan to make Cyprus the center for MELF. The battalion suffered one fatality: Driver K W RUDDY, 22661305, who was killed in a road accident opn 10 November 1954, aged 20. He is buried at Wayne's Keep Military Cemetery, Plot 15, Row A, Grave 8.
1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers Cyprus 1956-1959, tour of duty 3 years.
   C Company, Lancashire Fusiliers based in nicosia, from 1957 to 1959. the CO was col. T. Lash. other locations were, polime.
1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers (Royal Highland Fusiliers) Part of 1st Guards Brigade flew out to Cyprus for trouble in Middle East. Based at Famagusta leave Camp (Golden Sands) then at various mile points the battalion built their own tented camps. The battalion was at Famagusta when Mrs C Cutliffe was murdered.
Royal Welch Fusiliers
2nd Battalion Inniskilling Fusiliers (Royal Irish Regiment) followed the 2nd Batt. Green Howards to Cyprus in 1954 from Egypt.
Gloucestershire Regiment (Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment)
East Surrey Regiment (Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment)
Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)
South Staffordshire Regiment (Staffordshire Regiment)
1st Battalion Welch Regiment (Royal Regiment of Wales), stationed at Dhavlos Morphou Lefka and Xeros Cyprus in 1957.
Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Royal Green Jackets)
Royal Berkshire Regiment (Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment)
Royal West Kent Regiment (Queen's Own, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment)
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (Light Infantry), D company moved from Kenya to Polis Camp remainder of battalion to Aden 1955. 1956 battalion moved to CBS camp Nicosia. Spent most of time in Troodos Mountains. Attached to 16 Para Brigade then 3 Commando Brigade RM. Battalion returned to UK November 1957 after a 3 year tour of duty in kenya, Aden and Cyprus.
1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment) Alma Camp
The Regiment main camp was at Dhekelia from whence patrols to all points of the compass, camped as most of the 20,000 troops on the island were in tents, attatched to Alma camp (Dhekelia) was the duty Riot Coy. at Horrocks camp just on the outskirts of Larnaca. Thanks to Trevor Neil Taylor for this entry.
B company, 1953-1966.
1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's, Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment) In 1958 HQ's coy and D coys were stationed under canvas at Aghirda camp ( Nicosia side of the Kyrenian mountain range) B coy was in Kyrenia Castle. A coy was at Ayios Amvrosia? (along the panhandle)C coy was at Lapithos. Thanks to Gerry Martin for this entry
2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's, Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment) D Company was in Cyprus 1956-58.
1st Battalion Durham Light Infantry (Light Infantry), A Company based at St Barnabas Camp Kytima Pophos, patrolling Troodos mountains 1956/8.
Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment, Royal Highland Fusiliers) HLI HQ was at Dhavlos during 1956. Companies were spread around area to south. Thanks to James (Jim) DUNLOP for this amended entry.
Gordon Highlanders (75th and 92nd)
1st Battalion King's Regiment
1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles (Royal Irish Regiment)
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
16th Independent Parachute Brigade
  Parachute Regiment
   The 3 Battalions of the Parachute Regiment were sent to Cyprus during the winter of 1955 - 1956 and rest of the Brigade came out in groups until it was at full strength in August 56 prior to the assault on the canal.
1 Para started its move to Cyprus at the end of December 1955 under the command of Lt/Col Jackson and was based near Nicosia airport. It left Cyprus on the 13 December 1956 and flew back to the UK in Costal Cammand Shackletons, 1 Para camp was only a stones throw away from 3 Para. 1 Para were in Kyrenia Mts and Troodos Mts 1957-58.
1 para flew to cyprus stopping off overnight at malta in may/june 1958,we set up camp at waynes keep (Wittingham camp) not far from nicosia,I was serving on the regimental police at the time my provo sargent was the famous nobby arnold. The battalion was employed fighting eoka terrorists mostly around the kyreanian mountains that summer,I rejoined my battalion after spending 2 months in BMH Dekhelia as a result of a RTA while on escort duty in a open top land to the CO in november in the Troodos mountains camped in platros village we took over from the marines we stayed there untill febuary 1959 then flew back to Aldershot minus one or two comrades. Thanks to terry Miller for this entry.
3 Para were air lifted to Cyprus in early 1956.
2 Para remained in Aldershot and was on standby for Malaya for approx 3 months. 2 Para sailed for Cyprus on the Empire Ken in July 1956, moving to Jordan in 1958.
2 Para sailed to Cyprus Feb 1958 on a three year tour. They then flew to Jordan that same year when Syria was threatening to invade Jordan. Stayed there 6 months then flew back to continue tour in Cyprus.
A Company, 2 Para. 1958 Talavera Barracks Aldershot & Cyprus & Jorden Col Becket Major Twink Morton 1959 to 1962 Cyprus (Libya Kuwait Kenya) Col Becket & Col Frank King & Major WAL Young 1963 Bahrain Captain Daniels
kuwait 1961, A company at Aljerhara Ridge behind Marines at Mutla Ridge then Bahrain for a rest then back to Kuwait on Mutla ridge November back to Cyprus. 3 para who were due to relieve 2 para in cyprus went instead to Bahrain 1 para took over from 2 para in cyprus in April 1962 2 para spent the next year at Gullimont barracks Cove and then returned to Bahrain in April 1963
3PARA arrived by air via Oran in May 1958 and was based on Waynes Keep, out of which it patrolled in the Kyrenia Mountains and carried out a joint sweep with the Royal Marines in the Troodos Mountains. It returned to Cyprus briefly in November 1958 en route to the UK after deploying to Jordan.
  16th ind. Para. Brigade Gp. Ordnance field park. Near Nicosia Airport, Co. Captain Palmer, 6 Months,July-December 1956
  Guards Independent Parachute Company No 1 gds ind parachute Coy [Pathfinders]cyprus /suze canal / cyprus 21/07/-19/02/57 OC gds Coy Maj BUCKLY WG GDSGDS Coy Jumped with 3 Para at suze from James Mccready.
   63 Company, RASC
   Based outside Nicosia Airport 1956,then to Suez during conflict then back to Cyprus patrolling most parts of the island.
  LAD REME att. 65 coy (HY. GT) RASC O/c Captain Roberts, Sgt, s Lister & Bull Cpl, s Davies, Shaw , Cfn Rogers, Newton, Rearden, Riley, Peacock, I was at Golden Sands, Famagusta feb56 to jan57.
   9th Independent Parachute Squadron, RE
   Served in Cyprus from about June to Dec 1956 also suez. Took part in Suez Cyprus again in 1958 from about June to Dec, some went to Jordon for a couple of months.
1st Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment Normandy Camp, Nicosia 1956. CO. Colonel R C MacDonald
Essex Regiment

Royal Artillery
    16 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment. 16 Regiment stationed in Cyprus after the Suez crisis. Deployed in the Dhekelia and Larnaca areas in the Internal Security role. Returned to UK October 1957.
   Y troop, Royal signals att 16 laa regiment RA 1956/1958
   19 Gibraltar Battery 39 Regiment. 39 Regiment carried out a Internal Security role (only)for one year, 1958. The Batteries given an area and the Troops dispersed to Police Stations in the areas,rotating every three months.
    20th Field Regiment
    21st Medium Regiment. Stationed at various sites around Paphos district between July 1956 and July 1957. 20 Battery, 57 Burtphore Battery, 70 Battery and RHQ. 71 Battery was stationed at Stroumbi, East End Camp, Ktima and lastly at Coral Bay, battery commander was Major C W Fullbrook MBE. RHQ Troop Suffered four fatalities during this period through terrorist activity. Many Thanks to Ken Dodd for the detailed information.
The CO of 21st Medium Regiment RA was Lt Col H. MacMillan, who was injured in a bomb attack on his vehicle in 1956 and repatriated to UK, he was replaced as CO by the 2nd in command Major Wilkes who was promoted to Lt Col.
   25th Field Regiment. The Regt served in Cyprus 1958/59 CO Lt Col Stocker. Based in the Panhandle rhq at Boghaz, 35 Bty Lefkoniko, 54 Bty at Dhavlos, 93 Bty at Yialoussa. L/Bdr Barclay killed 2 days after arrival 8th Oct 58. Thanks to Peter Bassett ex WOII sigs and John Hadley ex L/Bdr RA Sigs Troop for this entry.
93 Battery L/Bdr barclay was on the advance party for 25 field reg. 25 field arrived at Famagusta on the TS DUNERA on the 24th oct and deployed to their locations, However 93 Bty was camped near the edge of the AKRADES forest on the main road about 2 miles s/w of YIALOUSSA village. On Saturday morning 25th Oct I was on guard again for the third time when the first detail ever to leave camp was a swimming detail with a lieutenant Jones in command. On reaching the police station at Yialoussa it was blown up, resulting in 1 Killed 18 wounded 3 critically, 4 seriously and 11 slightly wounded. I have in my possesion an EOKA pamphlet belonging to my buddy D BAKER listing Total British Casualties during Black October as 69 DEAD 144 WOUNDED and locations of other deeds. To the north of YIALOUSSA about 2 miles was a detachment of 188 Independent Radar /searchlight Bty, a 93 patrol may visit them also the naval patrol b oats to exchange rations. During November in the rain a patrol had its photo taken by the local newspaper. in 1959 the Bty took part in OPERATION MUDLARK before returning home in the april. this time I was on the advance party with D baker. Thanks to EX gnr Balmer A F section Fox troop 93 Bty for this amendment.
LAD REME attached to 25th Field Regiment, RA Stationed at Boghaz. CO Capt Mallet Warrant officers WO2 Harrison WO2 Drew, duration September 1958 to April 1959, on return to UK stationed at Barton Stacey near Andover.
   26th Field Regiment. The Regiment was based in Famagusta. Flown out in July 1958.
17 Corunna Battery, was sent to Amman, Jordan.
   26/16 LAA Regt RA akrotiri. episkopi kophiniou ora. COs signaler. Maj Pierce-Baton 1956-1957 sailed Empire Ken to Malta. Snowden Smith LCT Cyprus. Dillwarea home.Woolwich.
   29th Field Regiment. 29th consisted of 8(Alma), 79 (Kirkee),and 145(Maiwand) Fld Btys. Was stationed at Karaolos Camp Famagusta with detachments at Boghaz, Akrades and various Police Stations.
   TOS of 29 Field in Oct 1958, just after 'Black Friday'. Employed as Battery Clerk in 8(Alma) Battery Office. Major WH Atkins was our BC, WOII Goddard (Tasher) and Sgt Boardman were also in the Battery Office. 29 Field was sited adjacent to the RUR at Karaolos Camp. Left Cyprus in Feb 1960 shortly before 29 Field were posted to the Citadel in Plymouth. The troopship 'Nevasa' brought me and many more lads back to England non-stop Limassol to Southampton in 6 days avoiding a national rail strike by 24 hours. It would be thrilling to contact anyone who knew me during my service in Cyprus 1958-60. Thanks to William Vickers for this entry.
Lt.Col WDE Brown Karalos Camp Famagusta from June 1957-January 1958. WO2 Goddard D. mentioned in despatches. Major C.H.Porter 8(Alma)Filed Battery Royal Artillery. 1957-1960
   33 Parachute Regiment, attached to 2 Para and moved out to Jordan with them.
   34 Field Regiment kichener lines polmedia limmasol, aug-oct 1958.
   11 Spinhx Battery, 34 Field Regiment, Flown to Nicosia from Southend airport in Comet, landed 20:07:58,camped at Polimedia near Limmassol under canvas to replace 2nd Bat Grenadier Guards, put immediatly on I/S patrols myself on pussyfoots at night with members of other units. Did Government House Guards one Troop rotation at a time in Nicosia, village searches early morning ect,Guards at Tin mines at Mona,kept busy!! Flown out in Beverley 289 max ground speed 140mph Captain Smedley Transort Command R.A.F still have R.A.F Form 1256F to Stanstead 23:09:58 took two days, returned to barracks Sheerness Kent.We latter went to Malaya 14 months, then Hong Kong. Thanks to Brian Bennett for this entry.
    REME LAD with 33rd Field Artillery Aldershot, then Cyprus, then Suez in late 1956.
   40th Field Regiment. In February 1955 this regiment was based at Karalos Camp Famagusta Cyprus. This regiment contained 129 Dragon battery under Major Kirk.
Java battery, 1955-60 at Famagusta.
   42nd Field Regiment. arrived approx march 60 at Karalos camp on I.S duties then moved to Slim barracks Dekhilia,then intensive training on 25pdrs mostly in libya. batteries were 94 NZ,68,49 Inkerman.Regt now disbanded.
   43 LAA/SL Regt, (184 SL Bty, 152 & 162 LAA Btys) This regiment was stationed around Nicosia airfield on air defence during Suez. Also stationed just outside Nicosia. 152 Battery arrived Agust 1956 and was stationed at Larnaca in defence of Shell Oil tanks during time of Suez. After Suez took up internal secuirty role in Larnaca area.
We were deployed all over the island from famagusta we finished up in or around Nicosia, besides of defending the airfields we did our fare share foot patrols and searches and patrolling that murder mile in ldra street. also quelling riots we were always on the news. im writing this because i think the soldiers out there got a raw deal ,after all we were only young lads not like today we had to go to killing zones because we were conscripts and we new no different. Looking back on it i can say i was lucky to get back home and i salute the ones we left behind.. this is nearest i can remember about the campaign. Thanks to Brian Webster for this entry.
Major Rushsten was the C.O.
   REME attached 43 LAA regimentAttached to 43 LAA Regiment, Royal Artillery. Our commanding officer Major Gambill. Situated at Kermia, next to Army Air Corps base. I came to there in mid 1958 to go to Libya but we stayed at Kermia from mid 1957 to mid 1958 when unit disbanded. Though we were REME we did security patrols in Nicosia, guarded Omorphita (?)Police Station at night, were on standby in central Nicosia on Greek national days, and were called out on one occasion to guard locals in an open air cinema in a Greek Cypriot village just outside Nicosia when an RAF sergeant was killed. Thanks to Mike Peel for this entry.
   46 HAA Regiment, The Regt was in Cyprus from 1957 to 1958 HQ, 124, 126 bty's in Pinefields camp Katima 117 Bty was split between St Barbara's Camp Katima and Coral Bay. C.O was Lt Col Bartley-Dennis.
LAD reme was based at Pinefields camp, Katima.
Thanks to Bill Elliott for this entry.
   49 Field Regiment, Stationed at Karoulis Camp, Famagusta 1952 - 1954.
   50 Medium Regiment, at Limni Camp Polis from end of July 1956 until September 1957. The CO was Lt Col King-Martin. 33 battery was part of 50 regiment.
   57 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment in Cyprus July 1956 to February 1957, ie originally for suez, 108 HAA Battery was stationed in the dunes at Akrotiri defending the airfield.
   188 Radar & Searchlight Battery arrived in Cyprus in June 1955. The Battery commander was Major Mac Arthur. In June 1958 this battery was outside Nicosia, the main camp was named Ubique. There were seven other Radar camps covering the whole Cyprus coastline, each camp consisted of 1 Officer and about 20 other ranks, the job was to look out for ships trying to smuggle arms and explosives into Cyprus, all shipping was plotted and their positions sent to Maritime HQ Nicosia and any that were suspicious were investigated by an RAF Shackleton, followed by a Royal Navy Minesweeper and a boarding party, the unit left Cyprus in June 1959 two members of this unit are mentioned on this site in British Personnel who died on active service, they were Major E A Andrews and Gnr A J Jasper. Many thanks to David Nicholas for this information.
We left germany in 1955 just a small detachment to form the 188 radar@ searchlight battery in Cyprus forming 7 positions arround Cyprus main HQ was Nicosia under Major Mc Arthur i was discharged in 1957.
I was attached to 188 radar and searchlight battery. from the royal signals .the commanding officer was cpt. Baker. Royal Signals Troop. Atkykko camp.

Royal Engineers, Many Thanks to Nick Carter for the information on RE survey units in Cyprus.
    CRE Episcopi, Episcopi camp.
    DCRE Polymedia (RE Works services) DCRE located in Polymedia Camp. I was with this unit as a Clerk of Works (M&E) from 1958 to Jan 1960. Unit was also referred to as GWO Limassol--Outstations.Officer in charge was Major G Miller RE.
    DCRE Famagusta OC Major Bird.
    I Independent Troop, 3 Independent Field Squadron. July 1967 to December 1967 attached to 1DWR then 1RGJ. OC Lt J.A. Crow. Responsible for Engineer Support to the British Contingent, commenced the hilltop accommodation building programme. Set up Half Way House as a temporary dressing station after shootings in November. Then spent next two weeks clearing mines and booby traps in Kophinou, Ayios Theodorus and surrounding roads. Relieved by Lt H Boyle of 8 Fd Sqn RE who was relieved by Capt P.J. Scarlett 3 Fd Sqn RE who was in turn relieved by Capt C.J. Jarvis RE with 1 Rp of 3Fs Sqn RE.
    3 Field Squadron OC Major Kevin Taggart.CBS Camp Nicosia and Suez Port Said Main regiment stationed in Tripoli Returned to Chisledon Camp Wiltshire I believe late 57 or early 58.
Tent Camp located on the Limesol Rd 2-3 miles out from Nocosia. I joined the in 1956 Port Said and we moved back to Cyprus, we retuned to Uk. Chissledon Near Swindon Christmas 1957. As the regiment had been relocated. Thanks to Jeff Hammond for this entry.
    No.1 RASLS RE (Radar Air Survey Liaison Section) Based at Polemidia Camp, Limassol. This unit carried out various topographical surveys all over Cyprus 1954-1956. Captain Tommy Thomas took us to Malta, where we were attached to HMS Dalrymple during the major triangulation of Malta. Major Bourne RE supervised various surveys at Akrotiri and Happy Valley and other locations at Nicosia. Small unit consisting only of Major, Corporal and five sappers! Thanks to Derek Fletcher for this entry.
    2 Army Field Survey Depot under the command of Major J.Storr, with Lt.J.Allen as his 2 i/c, later Capt J Allen RE as CO, RSM, WO1 FJC Ironside. They were located at Polymedia Camp until the General withdrawal.
    16 Field Squadron, 35 Corps Engineer Regiment Service with the colours listed as MELF 14/01/54 to 30-12-55. OC - PR? Russell Jones, Major, RE.
    18 Field Park Squadron, Royal Engineers were attached to 37 Field Engineer Regiment, Polemidia, Limassol. I was there from the 01/O1/57 till 10/58. My trade was Welder B111. I took part in "Operation Kingfisher" up in the Troodos hills and also in the road and bridge improvements at Trozina. Thanks to Alan Dixon for this entry.
    19 Command Postal Depot RE location Waynes Keep. Main sorting office and distribution depot for all mail in the middle east.lt (later capt.) L, Calcott was the CO. I served there 1957,58.58.before the unit moved to Dhekelia. Thanks to Mick Aplin for this entry.
    23 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers, 23 Fd Sqdn RE moved to Cyprus in summer of 1958 and were based at Polehmidia Camp nr Limassol the OC was Major Marston Tickell MC (now a retired General) 1 Troop went to Jordan in 58 and returned to serve in Cyprus when crisis there was over.
    35 Corps Field Engineer Regiment, Limassol Polymedia camp. OC Major Shapland? Returned to UK then to Suez November 1956 back to Cyprus until 1957.
    were in a stevedores course in Marchwood, Southampton under canvas and and were shipped into the Suez conflict 1956. unloading cargo ships in Port Said. then to Cyprus doing the same,stationed at Golden Sands camp in Famagusta and returned to England on the troop ship Asturias, and then to Ripon Yorkshire. Thanks to L/Cpl Alexander Lowe for this entry.
    36 Engineer Regiment, 35 Engineer Regt 16 Fld Sqd Constructing new RAOC Depot Deklia .
    37 Field Squadron , part of 25 Fld Engr Regt at Invictor Lines, Maidstone. Kent. was drafted to Cyprus from Oct.1955 to March 1956. Accommodated in a tented camp at CBS Camp, Nicosia. (Cyprus Broadcasting Station). O.C. Maj. B.J.Coombe RE, 2I.C. Capt Hugh Mackintosh. Capt Whittaker who was responsible for construction of R.E.M.E. Workshops at CBS Camp. Lt. Jimmy Knobbs was responsible for constr. work on a the Radar Stn. on Troodos. M.T. Officer was 2Lt Martin Musson. SSM. WOII A.V. Davies. Maj. Coombe's Austin Champ was ambushed in Dec 55, his driver L/Cpl Brian Morum was killed. Maj. Coombe was awarded the George Medal.
    37 Field Regiment, RE - Stationed at Polymedia Camp, Limmasol. Consisted of 33 Field Squadron, 34 Field Squadron and 42 Field Squadron.
CO was TOny Lewis prior to arrival in December 1955, followed by Bruce Maude in early 1957.
Regt was landed by ship at limmasol by net into lighters oct 1955, rsm aldridge i was in 33squad ssm mcmanus mt troopsgt was sgt hinton(ticker).
Stationed at Polymedia Camp outside Limasssol and two miles from Berengaria village. I was a member of HQ Squadron whose O.C. was Major J.D. Walker. I was stationed there from July 1957, until June 1958, when several of our squadron were shipped by Empire Fowey to Aden and from there to Kenya, to Bahrain, Oman and back to Kenya, stationed at Gilgil.Our Engineer Squadron were attached to the recently formed 24 Independent Infantry Brigade, comprised of REs, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and Cameronians plus English regiments.
    40 Field Squadron, RE This was the third field squadron of 37 Fd Engr Regt, not 42 Sqn as listed. It was commanded by Maj "Chota" Townsend-Rose MC. The regiment included 18 Fd Pk Sqn commanded by Majors Sandbach and later Vatcher.
Arrived Limmasol April 1957.Departed March 1959. Attached to West Kents with 9TH PARA BRIGADE RE Nicosia . Base camp at Polemidea as was Green Jackets. Duties were peace keeping along with usual field engineering. Mine clearing bridge building. Other duties were with intelligence and terrorist search and control. Engineering duties at RAF Episkopi and Nicosia.
    42 Field Squadron, Royal Engineers based on Anoyira between August 1954 to September 1955. CO Major Bertie Baxter, Adjutant Captain Tim Leask. 8 Troop commanded by Captain Tom Steele, 7 Troop Commanded by Captain David Herbert. The Squadron was involved in the construction of the water supply pipeline to Episcopu camp form a source near Kissousa where there was a temporary troop camp. Thanks to David Paterson for this entry.
    42 Survey Engineer Regiment,
We commenced our move from Egypt to Cyprus in 1955. Our 10-tonner trucks left Sobraon Camp, Fayid on August 6th carrying the advance party of about 60 personnel and we boarded the LST "Snowden Smith" at Port Said at about 18.00 hours that evening. The ship left port the following morning at 06.00 hours and we arrived in Famagusta at 09.00 on August 8th. TCVs took us to Zyyi Camp where we unloaded the 8 10-tonners that afternoon.
Our job was to set up the new Regimental head-quarters over the next 2 months until the remainder of the Regiment arrived from Egypt on October 12 1955.
During all this time we were un-armed, despite increasing E.O.K.A. activity. Our Lee-Enfield rifles had been moved to store in another Army camp in Larnaca. Our "armament" on guard duty were pick-axe handles....on mine I burnt the inscription "Anti-EOKA cudgel Mk. 1"!
After the whole Regiment arrived the guard house was made secure, our rifles were returned to us and guards were mounted with rifles and live ammunition (5 No. 303 bullets).
On November 28th I was transferred to Kyyko Camp, near Nicosia and became the cartographical draughtsman in Wolseley Barracks on General Harding's staff. My job was to keep all the maps for G Ops up-to-date. During my time there more servicemen were killed or wounded by the terrorists, among them Doug Laventure, shot in Ledra Street on December 14th while on escort duty. He had only been in the army 5 months and after arriving in Cyprus at the beginning of December, had been billeted in my tent in Kyyko Camp. I think he was the 10th serviceman to die.
I finally flew home from Nicosia Airport by H.P. Hermes, (G-ALDH) on February 9th, arriving at Stanstead, via Malta, on the 10th. I was demobbed at Barton Stacey. on Thursday, February 16th 1956. Thanks to National Service Number 23004705 Sapper (later Lance-Corporal) Peter Woodman for this entry.
       19th Topographic Squadron, RE, based at Zyyi. A staging post for small survey units bound for Iraq 1956/7. Briefly stationed there with about a dozen others for 6 weeks in 1956 before moving to Iraq for our main task of quickly mapping Iraq and gathering other military intelligence before the Ba'athist revolution occurred. The main task at Zyyi was to help quickly improve the the hastily-contrived Zyyi camp and to provide guard security for the nearby NEABS radio station.
    47 GHQ Survey Squadron which moved to Cyprus at the same time located at Nicosia and later Episkopi and remained in situ until disbandment in 1963.
    51 Port Squadron Famagusta Karaloss Camp, sailed to cyprus on HMT Asturias 1957.
    174 Port Operating Squadron RE IWT AER This Squadron arrived on HMT Empire Ken for the Suez crisis and were under canvas at Golden Sands Holiday Camp Famagusta. I was skipper of a Z craft and used to work 24 on 24 off loading from the smaller ships in the harbour and transferring the cargo to ships laying out at sea ,getting ready for the landings. This unit went from Famagusta to Limmasol re-embarked on the Empire Ken. Read Units in Suez landed in Port Said. Thanks to John Sowter for this entry.
    275 Postal Unit, Detachments of the unit at all the main garrisons in 1958 the OC. was LT.Youdell then later Capt.Bennet.Lt. Youdell was involved in the incident when the Sargent walking with his small son was shot.
    Cyprus Park Squadron, Salamis camp, Famagusta. Commanding officer Major King, unit moved to dhekelia 1962-1963 projects kings field dhekelia I left unit 1965 posted 12R.S.M.E.Chatham.
The officer commanding at the time was a Major King who had the distinction of having the air strip at Dhekelia named after him,its still there although used as a glider club I served in cyprus from 1960 - 1965 Im still here.

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
    LAD REME Waynes Keep near Nicosia, 1956 to 1958 REME HQ Nicosia & LAD, the Lad was next to the transit camp at Waynes Keep. First with the South Staffordshire Regiment and when they returned home the no.1 Parachute Reg. moved in.Lt Col Nicholson was CREME & Cap Stewart Compton. in the LAD we had a Sgt Almond. Thanks to John Stark for this entry.
    REME attached to the garrison engineer GHQ Apiskopi cyprus. - Apiskopi.
    R.E.M.E. Repair Unit attached to 3GHQ Signals, Kykko Camp The unit was housed in tents alongside the main road at Kykko camp adjacent to RAF Nicosia. Commanding Officer was Captain Cornish.
    R.E.M.E. attached 1st Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles I joined the advance party in April 1957. Six weeks later the rest arrived with the 1st Battalion 1RUR. Armourer Sgt.'Lofty' Hennesey; Cpl Bill Sleeman; Cfn Fred O'Grady; 'Nobby Clarke;' Taff'Evans;Brian 'Tubby'Lawson; John 'Mac' McClaren. Stationed at Xeros, Platres,Dhavlos and finally Karaolis Camp Famagusta. Thanks to Pete O'Brien for this entry.
    Station Workshops R.E.M.E. Episkopi - Apiskopi.
    AWD REME Polimedia Camp 1955-1956, OC was Capt J Baxter REME we were administered by35 Fd Engr Regt as we were only a small detatchment from Station Wksps Larnaca. we were responsable for all second line repairs, till the unit was uprated to Station Wksp status when Dist Wksp Dekehlia was established. Saw the first riots on the island in Limassol. At that time there was not enough weapons to arm everyone so a lot of us brought our own pistols from a UK source.
When there was enough weapons the amm was short!! still we got by.
I was on duty recovery the night that the Regt football team truck was blown up opposite Berengahria MQ village. It was thought thet the bomb was meant for the wives Bingo truck which was cancelled previously. Thanks to Ken Simmons for this entry.
    3 Infantry Workshop CO Major Phillips Unit was housed in tents positioned between the coast road and the sea, we had our private beach with a diving raft moored just offshore.In addition to our military work we repaired equipment instaled in the Larnaca Military Hospital ie iron lungs,weighing machines and refrigerators A wonderful billet until the unit transferred to Egypt and hard tack biscuits(15 months) Demobbed July 1952 at Arborfield.
    7 Infantry Workshop Stationed At Hoath Lane,Gillingham,Kent. 1957-1959. Flew from Hendon airfield in Dc4, to nicosia in July 1958. In tented accommodation close to the airport. Attached to 3 Div. Guards Brigade. Left in December 1958 came home on Troopship HMS Fowey. C/o I believe Was Major Fletcher. Thanks to John Lines for this entry.
Near Nicosia Airport, Attach to 3 div. Guards Brigade. 1957 1958. C/o Major Fletcher.
    8 Infantry Workshop. 8 Infantry workshop was one of the first field force units in and destined to be one of the last out, history in the making was how it was described at the time.
In october 1955, when the unit first arrived under command of Major W J Armstrong, they were billeted under canvas occupying its original site on the outskirts of Nicosia ,astride the main road to the port of Limasol.
The camp dodged bullets mines and booby traps without suffering a single fatal casulity. During the height of the emergency the wksp was providing 50 to 60 men twice weekly on infantry commitments and filling in the remainder of the week by putting up 10 to 20 per night (always after a day in the shops)for patrols, search parties and road blocks.
Our recovery section, recovered some of the attacked and damaged equipment you feature, as well as our own vehicles.
Major Armstrong was relieved by Major Fewings, who in turn was relieved by Major E Gray, returning to the UK on the Troopship Nevassa in January 1960. Thanks to John Michael Parr for this entry.
    9 Infantry Workshop - Karaolos Camp Famagusta.
1954;- Blanford Camp.
1955;- Ellsmere.49 Fld Reg,R.A. L,A,D.
   9 Inf,Lydd,Hoath Lane Gillingham
1956;- Gillingham, Cyprus,[Famagusta]
1957;- Cyprus.
I served with 9 inf,as a VM,in Lydd, Gillingham and was part of the advance party posted to Famagusta in 1956, We erected the perimeter fence, gun post's and tents before the main party arrived a month later. I believe ASM Dutton was in charge. I would hope to meet one day, Jonny Meadows, Ken Robinson Jim Durey and John Carey, all former residence of Tent 4. I will attend the Dedication of the Cyprus Memorial to pay my respects to Cpl Ernie Warren, an the rest of the personnel who fell.
    Cyprus District Workshop REME Cyprus District Workshop REME. I arrived from korea in March 55 & moved into the new barracks built by Parkinson. The workshops were previously located in Larnica. We used to mount a guard in the old workshops & were there when the troubles started. 39 base workshop provided local patrols & road block duties acting as infantry until more troops came out. The local infantry were the GREEN HOWARDS with the INNISKILLINGS at Famagusta. 39 base workshop assembled all the knock down vehicles brought out on HMS Bulwark. Whilst serving out there the navy were operating from Dhekelia bay, I was attached to HMS SEFTON a ton class minesweeper on anti gun running patrols. I think their base ship was HMS Maidstone. Thanks to C Byers ex 22944566 REME for this entry.
    51 Infantry Workshop based at Dekilia Cyprus.
    210 Infantry Workshop Limassol. Under Canvas. 1957-58.
    LAD Reme attached Cyprus District Signals Regiment, Captain A.H. Cooper commanding, based in Kykko camp, West Nicosia.

Royal Signals
    Royal Signals/Intelligence Corps GSI(S) GHQ MELF BFPO 53 Location was at Episkopi. I was there from 1959-1960 working in the Royal Signals with the Intelligence Corps at GSI (S) GHQ MELF BFPO 53. Our CO was a Major Sugden (R Sigs).
    GSI(S) GHQ NELF (Royal Signals) General Staff Intellegence (Signals) 1959 to 1961, was sited at Episkopi. In my time there, the OC was Major Pearson, a sargent Del a Mere from Jersey, one "regular" soldier & the rest of us were all National Service. I think about 12 in all. The Major's dog was a springer spaniel named Gulliver and it fell to me on numerous occassions to take him out for walks.
    3 GHQ Signals Regt- Episkopi. The regiment consisted of 3 squadrons together with WRAC personnel. The main tasks were operating the major Comm Centre for the army in the Middle East. Alongside the Army building were the Navy and RAF.
    The Army Telegraphists were sent on attachments via District Signals Regiment. Where they were also attached to the 188 Radar and Searchlight Battery RA who sent them to their coastal sites around the Island. They had to work the Radar and VHF Radio Equipment and if it broke down Morse was used to communicate back to Naval HQ in Nicosia. Thanks to Bob Badrick for this detailed entry.
    Cyprus District Signals Regiment I was attached to 188 Radar and Searchlight Battery at Kykko Camp, from 1955 to 1958 as Transport Corporal, Commanding Officer was Capt. Baker.
    No 1 Middle East Signals Security Troop Kykko west, 3GHQ Episcopi, Pissouri jetty
    Cyprus Signal Troop Cyp SIG Troop was the original Nicosia Sigs before the Signal regt came over from Egypt and was amalgamated into Cyprus District Signal Regt. I was the MT NCO and eventually i/c Despatch riders my wife was Mil TEL OP. Thanks to Ex Sgt T W POTTER, R Signals for this entry.
    2 Wireless Regiment - Commanding Officer:- Lt Col J M Leahy. 2 I/C :- Major G Claridge. Unit located at Ayios Nicolaos about four miles west of Famagusta and consisting of Royal Signals, Intelligence Corps,U.S. Naval personnel and a number of civilian wireless operators.
August 1958 to August 1959. C/O Lt. Col. Gibson; (Adj. Capt Grice?). 2Camp, 4 Mile Point, Famagusta.
    2 Air Support Signal Unit. (2ASSU) Stationed in Larnacar Road, Camp Nicosia and had detachments with the Royal Marines. To Suez in 1956, also performed Cat Patrols in Nicosia.
    2 Medium Wireless Troop, Royal Signals were based in kykko camp west in 1958, Officers were Captain Anderson & Lt. Oehlers. part of the troop went to Jordan with 3, Para. via the Suez, Aqaba finishing up in Amman.Kept comm. links with the Navy and Cyprus.
    8 Medium Wireless Troop, Royal Signals The Troop was attached to 188 Radar & Searchlight Bty RA, and supplied all Army communications (both VHF & HF) for the 7 sites & Maritime HQ in Nicosia. The Troop later joined Cyprus District Signal Regt.
    9th Signal Regiment, Royal Signals Commanding officer Lt Col Lyle.
    15 Signals Regiment I was from Sept.1959 billeted with & paid by 15 Sigs Regt MT Sect Episkopi In my role of Dvr Signalman attached to B.J.C.E.B TX site on the garrison, this unit comprised of Army,R.A.F & Navy Ops. For the whole middle eastern area. My RAF Sgt. was named Butcher, my C.O Sqn Leader Tester. Thanks to Peter Logan for this entry.
    20th Signal Regt, at Episkopi Capt bell was in command of the wireless section and the other small detachments,at MtOlmpus,Pergamos,Ackitora or Cape Gata tour 1959feb-1962 we had the beafort bomber of the AFS on the upper arm. Another member is Valentine Keeton who i have got in touch with who was there at the same time hope. Thanks to Ronald Broome for this entry.
    29 Signal Regiment Nicosia, at least August 1958 to August 1960.
    201 Signal Squadron, attached to 51 Independent Infantry Brigade. Squadron originally based in Tel-el-Kebir and moved to Aden to assist the R A F Commanded Aden Protectorate Lemes(APL)in the Lahej States uprising in 1955 before moving to Cyprus around June 1956 aboard the Landing Craft 'Evan Gibb'. Oc was Capt (later Major) N Gallyer. Squadron based at 1 mile point Famagusta and was later commanded by Major Badcock (later Maj-Gen)Brigade Commanders were : Brig The Earl of Caithness and Brig J.A.R Robertson. Thanks to Jim Purdy and Eric Mason, Int. Sgt. 1952 - 57 HQ 51st Ind. Inf. Bde. for this entry.
    209 Signals Unit, 19th Infantry Brigade Approximately 3 months 1958 in Limassol CO Brig Jackson.
    Cyprus District Signal Regiment. Kykko Camp West, alongside 50 Brigade. Had a detached troop (G Troop) at Lakitamia village which was responsible for the jamming of incoming Greek radio, eg. Radio Athens, Radio Salonika. Oxi Day was something else. The regiment also had communication centre dets in Limassol, Dhekelia, Paphos & Platres. Also sent a comms troop to Amman, Jordan with 16 Para Bde in summer 1958 to help run commcen there and Aqaba. When R Signals regts were numbered on 1 Sep 59, became 29 Signal Regt (3 GHQ became 15 Sig Regt, 2 Wrls Regt became 9 Sig Regt and is still there)
In early 1956 as a young radio mechanic I was in at the beginning of the jamming of Greek Radio. The equipment was all American made transmitters located around the island in small attached units. We were not very popular as the jamming resulted in ruining all radio programmes around the vicinity of the camps.During the Suez incursion we went to Berengaria Village and assisted with broadcasts to the Egyptian people. I believe that the Lakatamia site is now a private helicopter base. I still return to the north of the island every year on nostalgic visits.
    Limmersol Signals Troop. tour 2 years 1957 to 59,crossroads opposite the Reme regiment on the major road through Limmosol c/o major Bushel for the last year SDO WITH K/CYPHER and telephone exchange a troop of DR,s and a section of linsmen , responsible for all communications between Episkopi and Ghq Nicosia and Troodos

Army Air Corps
    653 Squadron 10 Recce Flight. Stationed at Kermia just outside Nicosia from 1957-1959. We were under canvas 2 personnel per tent. Our squadron was split into two - 10 Recce and 15 flights. On the airfield there were 10 Austers and 1 chipmunk. The C.O. was Captain Groves and I was the mechanic on his aircraft. Wherever his plane went I went. Thanks to Terry Cartwright for this entry.
Based@ Kermia Camp1958/59 Dekelia Camp1959/60,Flt Commander Capt M.GROVE. Other Officers North. Hogarth.Smith.Hogdan Smith.Grey.Shrimpton. Other Pilots; Sgt's Bushby.Driver.Nicholson.Flown with most.

Royal Military Police
    1st Guards Brigade HQ. CO Captain Dix, based at Waynes Keep Nicosia. June 1958. Limassol, Nicosia (Waynes Keep). Kyrenia, Paphos, Dhekelia, Larnaca. Brigade Major, Major John Miller - Welsh Guards. Camp Commandant Capt. James Cowley. Coldstream Guards. CSM "Stretch" Richardson. Welsh Guards.
    1 Division Provost CompanyDetatchment of 1 Div Provost Company, Famagusta arrived early 1955.CO Major Greenaway. HQ Nicosia. Shot in the back dec 18th 1955. 1500hrs. Shipped home. Paralysed. Stoke Mandevillle 1955-1957.
    3 Infantry Division Provost Company. posted to Cyprus on 1st November 1955 and shipped out on Empire Ken. Arrived off Famagusta on 10th November 1955, various Sections were sent to separate locations. After a three month tour, the unit was reformed in the UK and the personnel left in Cyprus were amalgamated with the Cyprus District Provost Company. Thanks to Chas Baily for this entry.
    No 6 Army Guard Dog Unit Royal Military Police. Posted to Cyprus 1958-1960 stationed Laketamia, Larnaca, Dhekelia.
    No 6 Dog Company, Royal Military Police.
    227 Provost Company. Kyrenia Road, Nicosia. 227 Pro. Coy. was located in a tented camp on the Kyrenia Road. The O.C.in 1957/58 was Major Hill, who was succeeded by Captain Stephens and the RSM was W O 1 Baker. Administered from the company smaller sections were located in major towns, such as Famagusta, Limasol, Larnaca, Paphos, Kyrenia, etc.Many Thanks to Paul Brewerton for the detailed information.
    51 Brigade Independent Provost Company. Location - Famagusta. Attached to 51 Independent Brigade. CO Captain John Blakesley.
   Military Corrective Training Centre Waynes Keep. All Servicemen under Sentence were held there to serve their sentences. The Commandant was Major S.F. Harris. When a curfew was ordered parties of SUS under the command of 2MPSC NCO`s used to patrol the streets. SUS were also used to erect the camps for incoming troops. Turkish detainees were held in the MCE in 1958.
   royal military police section, Gibraltar camp Limmisol Cyprus. we were stationed with royal marines of 40/45 commando. We arrived in February 1956,and i left in July 1957. We were manning the docks in limmasol when various units were shipped out to invade Egypt. Thanks to D Dawes for this entry.
   Cyprus District Provost Company. Cyprus District Provost Coy, GOCs escort section was based in Nicosia.Sgt.Strudwick was ic.I was with the section from Dec.1956- June 1957
   52 Military Corrective Training Centre Waynes Keep Nicosia, I served with 52 MCTC Waynes Keep from 1957 - 1959 Commandant was Major S.F. Harris of the Queens Regiment Chief Clerk was Staff Sgt McKenzie, At the height of the troubles there were 350 service personnel prisoners and also 150 Turks in this prison. Prisoners were dispatch to Waynes Keep from all parts of the Middle East at this time. Thanks to Ken Castle for this entry.

Intelligence Corps
Intelligence Corps - Port and Travel Control Based with Field Ambulance - R.A.M.C in Famagusta and operating in the docks and harbour in Famagusta .. started about 1956. O.C. Major Page 2 IC Capt.P.Wildash. CSM Gordon Jones. Thanks to Paul Hill for this entry.
    147 Field Security Section As a National Serviceman I was posted to Cyprus in December, 1957 and was assigned to 147 Field Security Section. It was situated in a couple of adjacent single story houses just outside the city walls of Nicosia and in a predominantly Turkish area. There were two commanding officers whilst I was there were a Capt French and Capt Masterson.
In 1958 (October?)I was posted as an Acting Sergeant to be in charge of a small detachment in Limassol at the army garrison in Polomehdia. There were two others there with me, one I Corps and the other an RASC driver named Arthur Banfield whom I remember well who was a genuine Cockney and tried to teach me the correct way of pronouncing the word 'apple' without any 'p's in it. He was a top guy.
The only other persons I can recall from my time with 147 FSS was Tony Lyne who was a Greek speaker and got me into all sorts of trouble, for which I was very grateful, and Sgt Rick Frow. Thanks to John Walters for this entry.
    253 Field Security Section, The unit moved from colchester to cyprus in October 1955, stayed one night in Waynes Keep then moved to a house on the road to Salamis just outside the old city wall of Famagusta. The Co was Captain B V French, The unit comprised of a sergeant major & 5 sergeants int corps 3 RASC bods 2 drivers 1 clerk 1 RACC cook & 1 MIDDX REG storeman, Barney Carr RASC, Brian Hall RASC, Jess North ACC .Thanks to Blondie Wheeler for this entry.

Royal Pioneer Corps
    518 Company Stationed at Nicosia and Episcopi 1958-1960. Camped under canvas at Alanga camp. seconded to army disposal dept in Nicosia.
    524 Company 524 Coy RPC went to Cyprus in July1958 at Elenja next to 518 Coy then onto Episcopi in early 1959 Detachments included Famagusta, Nicosia Airport, AF Mt Olympus Limmasol,and anywhere else we were wanted 48 And 72 hour guard duties on various power stations. All in all a great National service time. The O.C was a Major Stead and in my humble estimation the chap that held it all together was W.O.11 Aplin (as good as a father to many) The coy. I have since learnt was amalgamated to 518coy whilst in Cyprus. Thanks to Peter Bowden for this entry.

WRAC
    27 Independent Company, W.R.A.C. Episcopi, Cyprus BFPO 53. C.O. Major Clark. Thanks to Private Brenda Robinson. W/390649 for this entry.

Royal Army Dental Corps, Served at Nicosia Military Hospital and Dhekelia Military Hospital,and various unit Dental centres scattered around the Island.

Royal Army Medical Corps

    BMH Nicosia British Military Hospital Nicosia became Nicosia Military Hospital after BMH Dhekelia was opened in October 1958. The CO was Lt.Col Darbyshire, later replaced by Lt.Col Wordingham.
    BMH Dhekelia opened in October 1958.
    2 Field Ambulance, 2 Fld Amb actually arrived in 1955 from the canal zone,(Suez)It was first in camp outside Limassol and later moved to Famagusta. During this time it supplied detachments to many regiments.
It suffered a bomb attack on one of its 3 tonners carrying its men back from a concert by Tessie O Shea. There were several shrapnel injuries but plenty of Medics around. The CO was Col Donaldson.
2 Field Amb. RAMC was located at Dhekelia which was near Larnaca Cyprus. CO was Lt.Col.Hamill. 2 Field Ambulance was there from 1956-1959, later became 3 Brigade Medical Support Group. Thanks to Cyril Allen for this entry.
2 Field Amb was a small RAMC/RASC unit stationed at 4 mile point just outside Famagusta We had Ambulances on detachment all over the Island. The Rasc unit was an independent unit which inc Lt Garland i/c Sgt Yates Cpl Smith Cpl Reggie Waymont and the lads I was L/cpl Nuthall formally Cpl N' of 40 coy RASC Dhekalia with Major Sands and CSM Mc Williams (The Best)
I was ACC attached RAMC 2Field Ambulance in Famagusta Cyprus 1955/57, in 1956 we as a unit were shipped too Limassol with a party of French troops and boarded a ship bound for Egypt, we never got there for the ship turned around and landed us back in Cyprus, never knew what happened to this field Ambulance, could have gone to BMH Nicosia but I would love to know if it was disbanded, as a foot note our arm flash was the black swan on a white background.
    19 Brigade Group Medical Company R.A.M.C. 19 B.G.M.C. were part of 19 Brigade which flew out of Colchester in July 1958 to replace 1 para who had moved to Jordan. Our CO was Col Burbridge and we were based at BMH Nicosia until early October and helped out with duties around the hospital, including setting up a dysentery Ward for paras med-evaced from Jordan with the runs. We stood guard at the hospital, with Turkish Cypriot policemen and, on the day our rear party arrived back at Lyneham, an army ambulance was blown up in Nicosia and two men killed.
Stationed at N.2 Field Ambulance, Four Mile Point FAMAGUSTA, CYPRUS 1956 -1957.The Col. I/C. was Col. LEAKE. Son or other close relative of Surgeon Capt.Arhur Martin LEAKE, V.C. awarded in 1902 at 6th Fld. Amb. South African Constabulary. During this time a medical officer from the Unit gained the MBE and a Cpl. Terry Ross a MID. for bravery in a forest fire in the TROODOS mountains. Close to our Unit were the Royal LEICS. Must mention 23105894 L/Cpl HARRISON severely wounded in a terrorist attack. Brigade Commander took great pains to hold him up as an example to us all for the great courage he showed whilst he went through surgery which said the like of which the surgeon had not seen in his experience. Thanks to James Burnell ex Cpl. RAMC. for this entry.
    23 Parachute Field Ambulance, Location, near to Nicosia. CO Colonel Kilgour. From July 1956 to December 1956. Also Port Said during the conflict. Some took part in the Airborne landing at El Gamil others by Landing craft. Thanks to Alexander Connell for this entry.
    23 Parachute Field Ambulance sailed on HMS THESEUS mid 1956 to Cyprus flown back dec 1956 based outside Nicosia at kermia flats on Kyrenia Road most of unit went to Suez.
    36 Field Ambulance Located at Kermia, outside of Nicosia. The Commanding Officer was Lt. Col. P.C. Barry.
    37 Company, RAMC. CO was Captain Bryson 1954-1956.
    Command medical equipment depot, RAMC At four mile point Famagusta. Attached to 2 Field ambulance, from July 1956 to November 1957.
    CMED was located in Famagusta town opposite the landgate (old city) during 1956/58, within the RAOC compound. Staff were transported to and from four mile point. CO was Major Medland.
    Command Medical Laboratory Attached to 37 Co RAMC at Military Hospital Nicosia. CO when I arrived in December 1955 was Lt. Col Ernest Bowman and shortly after that it was Lt Col Miss Mary Mackenzie Munro.

QARANC, nurses worked at BMH Nicosia and BMH Dhekelia. The matron at BMH Nicosia was Major Morgan.

Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Kykko west camp, A mobile shower unit got blown up just outside camp killing the sergeant in the cab in 1956. A duty officer was shot by his own patrol on the perimeter fence of the camp, terrorists blew up the customs office at Famagusta on November 5th 1956.
238 AVP RAOC location famagusta just below 4 mile point small unit at the rear of small signals unit. accommodation was at 625 ordnance depot.2 3 8 a v p was a canvas and barbed wire camp reserve park for middle east all army fighting vehicles commanding officer major Sutcliff captain McLaren my service at this unit was Feb 1958 to Sept 1959. Thanks to Alan Thrupp for this entry.
    REME attached 238 AVP RAOC nr.DhekeliaThis vehicle park was composed of soft skinned and light armoured tracked equipment ex Suez, the REME attment comprised 14 OR's,S/Sargent and ASM. Thanks to MC.Stapleton for this entry.
    301 Ammunition Depot, RAOC Situated south of Nicosia close to Strovolos and Lakatamia. CO was a Major White then replaced by Captain Groves Tented living and pit toilets. The living area was shared with the RAVC that had a few horses but mainly dogs. There was also a small detachment of the Signal Corps and latterly a unit of the RCMP were also living in the camp.
    625 Ordnance Depot, RAOC Situated at 4 mile point, CO Col Pragnell, main supply depot in Cyprus, some 500 men, also accommodation for 238 vehicle park. During 1955-59, CO was Colonel Gommershall.
625 Ordnance Depot Famagusta next to Royal Signals Depot.
    51st Independent Infantry Brigade Ordnance Field Park, RAOC attached to 3INF workshops REME, the Royal horseguards and the RASC were also stationed on the Airstrip, and the Royal Engineers were stationed up the road at Beringaria Village, unit sailed from Egypt on the Evan Gibb to Famagusta then by Army convoy to Limassol in April 1955.
    146 Vehicle Park, RAOC. 1958-1960 Dhkilia Garrison, REME Attached Maintenance of Centurion Tanks Accommodation Alma Camp (Under Canvas) and Command workshop Cyprus. Also with C squadron 6th Royal Tank Regiment in Cambria Camp. Thanks to T. Burns for this entry.
    RAOC Stores Section attached to 8 Infantry Workshops REME 8 Infantry Workshops stationed under canvas Nicosia. I was the RAOC stores sergeant. I remember the patrols, the petrol dump blowing up, the Mighty Antars. Period Nov 1955 to around July 1956. Flew back to UK via Athens on Cyprus passport in civies. Thanks to David Worsfold for this entry.
    RAOC Printing Unit. Arrived Cyprus about April 1957. Stationed at Episcopi GHQ MELF. CO was Maj.B.Bamford.
    Supplies Depot RAOC Larnaca su-depot cyprus. manned by about 50 men during troubles. Camp is now the exact site of Larnaca airport. It seems strange that my holiday plane now lands on what was the site of the tent in which I spent nearly 2 years on National Service. Thanks to Mike Cairns for this entry.
    Ordnance Garrison Disposal Area Nicosia (OGDA) Location: Nicosia Trudos road ex RA Ubeque camp next door to Camp Eliaabeth.
CO Capt Gillette, 2 i/c WO1 Sub Conductor Don Chislom RAOC nick name "dinger bell" Est. 1959 closed 1961. Manned by 6 members of the RAOC George Hughes and myself plus the OC and Dinger Bell, a driver Pte Cruicshank and a storeman we were supported by 12 members of 518 Coy RPC Taff Ginger Ellis Smudg Smith two Cpls. plus their team. We conducted the close down of all the units on that side of the island. I have many photographs if anyone is interested. We were the last unit to leave the Nicosia Garrison. Thanks to Bill Bishop for this entry.
    RAOC bfpo 53 hq ordnance directorate location episcopi Major General Oakeshott.
    RAOC print unit, CO Major Bamford 1957.

Royal Army Pay Corps
    stationed at dhekalia garrison 1959 /60 as payroll clerk and played football rapc side. Thanks to Anthony Reardon for this entry.

Royal Army Service Corps
    1 Company 58 to 59, commanding officer major thorpe
    3 Company stationed in Episkopi from 1958 to 1959.
    4 Supply Depot.Officer Commanding major Murphy between 1958-59.
    7 Company. During at least 1956-59, 7 Company RASC was not under RASC command but was attached to 3 Infantry Brigade in Cyprus,commanded by Brigadier Anthony Read, supplying troop transport for operations against EOKA terrorists. 7 Coy Officer Commanding was Major Roland Parry; second in command was Captain Leslie Fountain, supported by Lieutenant Stewart Mitchell. Platoon commanders, at least in 1956-59 were National Service officers: A Platoon in 1956-7 2nd Lieutenant John Mahoney and B Platoon was 2nd Lt Dick Bone. In 58-59 A Platoon was 2nd Lt Len Clark and B Platoon 2nd Lt Adrian Stringer. A Platoon worked with Royal West Kents and then Lancashire Fusiliers; B Platoon with 3rd Grenadier Guards. During 1958-59 numerous operations took place including the surrounding of the town of Lefkonico on the edge of Kyrenia Mountains and then Operation Mares Nest, the last before the ending of the Emergency, when troops were dropped by helicopter on various peaks in the Troodos Mountains to set up observation posts; donkeys were hired and A Platoon drivers gave up their 3 ton Bedford RL's to act as 'donkey wallopers' to get supplies to them.
When the Emergency ended, 7 Coy returned to RASC command under Col Cetti. Thanks to Len Clark for this entry.
    17 Company. Waynes Keep, near Nicosia. Ambulance detachment 1957-58. ACC detachment 1955-57.
Maj.G Bell C.O. 1956-58.
    LAD REME 17 COY RASC FAMAGUSTA lad reme attached 17 coy rasc Famagusta, 17coy was a split coy with half at Famagee and half at Waynes Keep Nicosia hq was originally at Famagee but as the emergency progressed HQ was transferred to Nicosia as the bmf hq was there. I was sgt i/c workshops from 1954 to 1956 and sgt doug leader was my stores sgt my i/c was capt weatherall who moved to HQ Nicosia. Thanks to Kenneth (Golly) Gray Ex EGT REME for this entry.
    39 Company Fayid Fanara & Famagusta
    40 Company (Armd Div Tpt) Major Sands based at Dhekalia 1955-1958, Cyprus. Major Sands Capt Pen MTO Q McRobbie CSM Downs SGT MUGS Malony AQMS Bill Allen 40 Coy LAD CPL Lillie CPL Peal Lt Hawtin I became L/CPL Vissian and Spent a lot of time on detachments to many Other units all over Cyprus. Thanks to Brian Vissian for this additional information.
    42 Coy (Inf Div Tpt) 1956 - Airstrip Camp Limassol, 1957 - NEABS Camp Limassol. Ran routine convoys to and from every base in western and southern Cyprus, specifically the RM Commandos in the Troodos Mountains, who presented a plaque to the unit in 1957. Hosted and guarded the biggest POL (Petrol, Oil & Lubricants) point on the island and supplied logistic support to the Suez invasion force through Limassol. The unit also provided infantry support in the form of foot patrols in Limassol town and a surround and search operation on a village with the RM and Royal Norfolks. In June '56, 42 Coy contributed an infantry platoon to "Lucky Alphonse", manning a section of the perimeter - a narrow road that ran around the re-entrant into which the real infantry units were advancing, driving any terrorists towards the guns - and running water and supplies to other units along the line. A few days into the operation the boredom was relieved by the first sight of the forest fire, approaching along the top of the road at 30 mph. The canopies on the trucks were soaked in water and the platoon armed themselves with branches and stood on top of their wagons, beating out the burning embers as the fire passed over them - then again, a few hours later, when it came back the other way below the road. That night they resumed the perimeter guard, looking out over the smoking, glowing landscape under a bright moon with, for once, an excellent, clear field of fire. Thanks to Mike Taylor for this entry.
    LAD REME, Attached to 42nd Company RASC I joined the unit in January of 1956; stayed until September 1957. Original CO of the LAD was Warrant Officer Baker, followed by Captain Habersham. RASC CO was Major Turner, I believe. Location was Limassol - originally at an airstrip, subsequently moved to a cross roads outside the town. As with the RASC notes, we also guarded the large POL storage, and were actively involved in nighttime infantry duties. We suffered no casualties. Though prepared for duty in Suez, we did not go. Thanks to David Loveless for this entry.
    Comp.Pltn. Port Detachment. Famagusta.
    Armd.Div.T.P.T. 65 Coy. Golden Sands Famagusta.
    Supply Platoon Nicosia.
    Water Transport Detachment, 1956-9. Attached to 65 Coy RASC at Golden Sands with further detachments at Larnaca and Limasoll. FL's Manna, Carron and Derwent - GSL Macstinger and HL455.
    42 Army Fire Brigade RASC Based at 'Four Mile Point' near Famagusta. Both Turkish and Greek personnel manned the Fire Station, under our supervision. Thanks to Tony Stebbing for this entry.
    43 Petrol Platoon, RASC, Based at Fanara, Canal Zone attached to Shell Oil supplying POL to the Canal Garrison in the 50's, CO - Major Clegg, Adj - Cap't Brown.
    47 Company Air Despatch Sailed for Cyprus on the troopship Dilwara on Aug 1956. Prepared a rear airfield supply organisation for the impending invasion of Suez. Undertook airdrop supply duties and undertook patrol duties throughout the Nicosia area. Thanks to Jeff Harris for this entry.
    58th Company GHQ Car, RASC. Left Fayid Egypt November 1955. Episcopi Cyprus 55-??. Thanks to Peter Bagshaw for this entry.
After the signing of the Treaty in 1954, we were posted to Kykko camp in Nicosia Cyprus.We were an advance party from Fayid in Egypt and became 45 Independent Transport Platoon.The officer commanding was Major English, second in command was Capt. Donnison and platoon Sgt.Cole.
The unit was mostly staff cars with and 3 ton TCV'S.The OC was Maj Fairchild CSM was called Donaled? I beleave the unit moved to Dhekellia post 1960.I was there from 1957 to 1960. We were in tents at first then moved into buildings.
    65th (heavy transport) Company Above unit was stationed at Golden Sands Camp,Famagusta,alongside Royal Leicestershires. We operated 10tonners,i.e. Leyland 'Hippos' and AEC'Mamoths'. We were responsible for heavy convoying, particularly ammunition and simmilar supplies from the various dumps on the Island to the invasion forces during the Suez Emergency. We operated over the whole Island,Nicosia,Famagusta Docks(LSTs),Limasol Loading-beaches,etc. Our Heavy,slow convoys were prime targets for EOKA, especially thro' the Troodos mountains. The personel were all 'HGV' men, many remobilized professionals from 'Civy-street'. I was a Tank-Transporter driver posted in from 44(TKTPTR)COY,R.A.S.C. Aqaba, Jordan. The unit was very short of NCOs for this kind of work, and I was given command of a Section of 5 Leyland Hippos and 2 AEC Mamoths. I was only a 21-year-old Lance-Corporal. 2 of the soldiers in my section wore 2nd-world-war ribbonry, and 1 Korean-War ribbons. We operated 7 days a week non stop, and still had to carry-out night patrol duties, every night, in the Orange-Groves. Such were the times! Thanks to 22969228 L/Cpl Preston AI, RASC for this entry.
    86th Company Fayid Fanara & Famagusta
    138 Air Supply Platoon, 47 Coy RASC Air Despatch O.C. Capt. B J Harold RAF Nicosia
    252 Command Petroleum Depot, Dhekelia, Cyprus I was stationed with the unit from May 1950 to Dec 1951. Our first C.C. was Capt Havard. He was followed by 2nd/Lt peacock who in turn was followed by Lt (later Capt) Mcdougal. I think we were the only petrol depot on the island. Thanks to Frank Briggs for this entry.

Army Catering Corps Episkopi.
   ACC attached 2 field ambulance RAMC Famagusta bfpo 53 The unit was stationed 4 miles outside the town of Famagusta,it handled many of the dead and injured British troops in that area.the whole unit was under canvas and was on stand-by for the Suez war.I was a trained cook(ACC).Spent many days at Golden Sands in Famagusta with the Highland Light Infantry when they came to Cyprus as a punishment posting! Thanks to Peter Wicks for this entry.

Royal Army Veterinary Corps
   377 ?, Dog Handler. Attached 40 RM Commando.

Headquarters Staff

Internal Security Training Centre, I served with this unit from August 1957 to November 1957. The OC was Major De'ath RM. The unit was located at Platres on the Troodos mountains and worked with a RM Company. Our role was to train British officers and NCOs in the tactics of the EOKA. There were perhaps 30 staff including police officers. The unit was located in an ex hotel about 2 miles outside the town of Platres.


 
 

MHQ Nicosia F.O.M.E. (Flag Officer Middle East) H.Q. Rear Admiral Myers I remember being drafted to this unit in March 1956 which was mainly a radio shack in a Nissen hut where we kept a local radio link with the RN ships on Cyprus Patrol. We also kept a fixed service by teleprinter with Malta Comcen. RN junior rates personnel were billeted under canvas at Kykko camp and were ferried in to MHQ by RN transport with a Royal Marine escort. I was later drafted to PB4 operating out of Famagusta which was deployed on Cyprus Patrol mainly covering the route from Famagusta to Kyrenia. Personnel on all four Patrol Boats did have a few days R+R when we sailed over to Beirut with HMS Barrosa in company. When Suez erupted I was then drafted to RN Comcen at Episkopi. I was drated back to the UK in February 1957. I received my Naval General Service medal years later whilst serving with the RNR at Swansea divsion.
HMS Agincourt While serving with 18Fld Pk Sqn RE Polimedia 1957-1959 did 2weeks on HMS Agincourt patrolling the island.
HMS Alamein My father, Petty Officer Thomas Meyrick was killed while on active duty together with two others on Feb 26th 1958 during an accident while boarding the men after an exercise. It was dusk when 22 men in the cutter being winched aboard fell into the sea and the boat fell on top of them. One young lad of 17 died on deck, another was found dead and my father's body was never found having been dragged underwater by the weight of confiscated weapons.
I was the coxwain of the boarding party motor boat on the night of the accident and I KNOW exactly what happened. Returning to Alamein after an uneventful boarding of a Cypriot fishing vessel{no weapons were found]I and my bowman hooked on to the for'ad and after falls,it is important to know that all in the boat with exception of the boats crew were in full combat gear. Normally the boat and all in her would have been hoisted by clearing lower deck. However,on this occasion the falls had been run through varius blocks to a winch on the foc'sal one block at a very acute angle. Halfway to being at the davit head the after fall snapped and we were all thrown into the sea. At the time the ship was darkened [an action state]and was underway at what I would estimate to be at least 10knots In the darkness there was panic, cries for help and screams. It was some time before Alamein was able to turn around and return. Searchlights on and the ship now fully lit she lowered the whaler with 2 oarsman and a coxwain. I was one of the first picked up and having been injured I took over from the whaler coxwain to allow him and the oarsmen to haul people inboard. first we found AB Allengame who,coincidently, had been in my mess years before in HMS GANGES, he was dead. his best mate,my bowman, who had also been picked up ,worked franticly to revive him, to no avail, he had swallowed his tongue.
I must emphatically state he did NOT die on board the ship. On picking up the rest of the survivors we discovered that PO Tom Meyrick and telegraphist Gibb had died we never recovered their bodies.
HMS Aphrodite Cap tally worn by sailors in Cyprus during my service april 1957 april 1958, Base with 7th District Royal Signals Regt Kykko West Nicosia. Mainly based on RAF radar site at Kormakiti for 4 months and on Mount Olympus 6400ft high for 8months Servicing Voice communications between MHQ Nicosia and Ships patrolling around the coast Another site was at Yailla in Kyrenia mts while other sites existed at Elea, Galounapetra, Plakoti ,Paphos
Admiral "Gamp" Miers VC was in charge and used to visit sites from time to time.Top line officer . Hard lonely but Happy days with 40/45 Commando Royal Ulster Rifles, 12 men platoons guarding Olympus site. Thanks to John Hair for this entry.
HMS Ashton Coastal Minesweeeper - 108MSS, As a 17 year old signalman, I was a member of HMS Delight's boarding party on Cyprus patrol in Sept/Oct 1957, when A/B Pete Fowler was killed. When not on patrol we usually laid up at anchor off Dhekelia where the Army were mainly in tents. In June 1959 I arrived back at Nicosia to Join HMS Houghton (Leader 108MSS), Cmdr(FAA) Bazelgette. Again I was on the boarding party. Because the heavy portable?? radio and battery seldom worked, we also had to carry a signal lamp plus weapon which sometimes presented difficulties in a 16ft open boat, especially in Area Golf (around the Panhandle where nighttime weather was very changeable. In both these ships we gave Army units a break from the Island on short visits. I recall taking men of the Somerset & Cornwall LI to Kos. Also during this patrol one of our A/Bs was found drowned in Famagusta Harbour, and he is also buried in Waynes Keep. Now being an RNA Standard Bearer, I am saddened that I cannot recall his name, but I remember that as a 7-year man he only had 3 months left to serve. His sister was a flight attendaant on MEA based in Beirut and shew flew in for his funeral. This was to be Houghton's last Cyprus patrol for she was drydocked on return to Malta. At this point I was transferred on-loan to HMS ASHTON (108MSS), whose sgnalman had been hospitalised. Probably July/August 1959. On completion of this patrol I returned to Houghton to discover she had been redesignated Leader of 104MSS (Cmdr(FAA) S.J.A.Richardson),and the squadron was on 3 weeks notice of relocation to the Far East. HMS Woodbridge Haven also relocated to Singapore as Minsweeeper support ship, but was later replaced by HMS Manxman. Clearly, officialdom did not expect this Cyprus emergency to go on as long as it did, and it was proving expensive to keep units such as the Daring class destroyers on patrol. Which is why coastal minesweepers of the Inshore Flotilla quickly became the workhorses of this emergency, and many more since. All of these boats carried out regular patrols, interspersed with maintenance periods in Malta and occasional R&R visits to other ports.
HMS Barrosa HMS Barrosa was based in Malta with the 4th destroyer sqd. Sent to Cyprus searching gunrunners then onto Suez the ships company recieved the gsm neareast.
HMS Bermuda anti-gun running patrols during 3 years in the Mediterranean including the Suez Crisis.
HMS Birmingham Transported 40 commando to Cyprus towards the end of 1955.
HMS Burnaston Captian Lt.Cmr.Smith,First Lieut.Robin Hogg. Captured Turkish arms smugglers MV Deniz on Monday 19th October 1959 it later turned out that years later, two of the arm smugglers were British Secret Agents. Thanks to Ted Piper Ships Postman ++ for this entry.
HMS Chaplet, was part of the 1st Destroyer Squadron and was detailed to do several bouts of Cyprus Patrol in darken ship mode along with HMS Chieftain & HMS Chevron. On moonless nights we searched for small craft that were being used to smuggle arms & ammunition to the EOKA terrorist movement in Cyprus. We picked them up on the radar then closed in silently to pinpoint them with the 20" searchlight. We encountered several boats & searched them. During the day we lay at anchor & had some recreational time. Several limpet mines were removed from the hull over a period of time & we caught a terrorist trying to attach a mine on one occasion. This was prior to our escorting two convoys of troop ships, oil tankers & ammunition ships from Malta to Port Said during the Suez Crisis.
At one time Chaplet was the only warship escorting this convoy (Known as MS1 & MS 2) We challenged a small group of ships en route that failed to identify themselves, closed up to action stations & were within 5 nautical miles, about to engage when we discovered that they were in fact a group of French ships! We took part in the initial bombardment of the beaches in order to land the marines, steamed back to Tobruk to tow a couple of 'Lighters' to Port Said before returning to the U.K.at full speed. The 1st Destroyer Squadron was the first group of ships to arrive home at Portsmouth from the Suez Crisis.Denis Broadbent Ex R.N. (Pmx 915134) for the detailed account. See also : HMS Chaplet in Cyprus.
HMS Comet, HMS COMET was ordered into Paphos Bay in the expectation of agun running ship to arrive off paphos and this was being shadowed by the RAF,in the meantime the Army had thrown a cordon around the area where this ship was expected in,this eventually happend and the vessel was allowed to enter the bay, our signal to come in was to be a green statrshell fired by the Army,however the terrorists must have stumbled on the suuroundingtroops and the end result was that machine gun fire was heard from the beach area,and we moved in,at this point the gun running vessel started to move away from the beach and began throwing cases over the side ,we moved in and being in a darken ship routine,they did not realise we were there until we hit them with our 24" searchlights,and ordered them to heave to,which they refused to do,we eventually boarded the vessel and tok the ships compant prisoner,and took them into Paphos the following morning,and handed them over to the local police.
HMS CorunnaD97, Cdr Gordon was captain during tour in 1958.
HMS Defender
HMS Delight, was Cyprus patrol anchored during the day at various ports around the coast and at sea overnight. Anti Gun running patrols and searches. September to October 1959 and one other patrol. Many Thanks to Fred Rowe ex Chief Tech -retired 1985. for the detailed information.
HMS Eagle Captain J. B.Frewen feb. 1958 to may 1959 Eagle was on patrol round cyprus june to october 1958 she relieved H.M.S. Ark royal whilst anchored in Akrotiri bay the divers searched the bottoms of all ships anchored in the bay for any mines or damage and for any unofficial divers every morning or when required. the beginning of july she returned to malta for some repairs and was ordered to the south of cyprus to assist King Hussein of Jordan the officers and admirals staff went ashore in cyprus to meet with army and airforce commanders on their return Eagle went into full war stations and we were to give cover for providing air cover for our troops Eagle finally returned to cyprus spending seven days at sea four in harbour where the divers did their daily thing some of the pilots went on anti terrorist patrol with the army our army liaison included three days exercise in clocse support of ground forces Eagle was relieved by H.M.S Bulwark 1st of october 1958. Thanks to David Hill for this entry.
HMS Fenton HMS FENTON M1135 was part of the 108 Squadron carrying out Cyprus Patrol Duties. In fact we completed 10 anti-terrorist/gun running patrols between January 1956 and October 1958. Fenton was Half Leader of the squadron and our skipper was Lt Cdr W Edney. Despite the problems I loved every minute of my time in Cyprus and would dearly love to revisit the island. Thanks to Bob Dean for this entry.
I served in Fenton as a National Service officer. Midshipman and then Sub Lieutenant RNVR. October 1955 to mid November 1956. The ship was then commanded by Lieutenant Commander M.L de Vere Hart RN. and First Lieutenant was Lieutenant Richard Todd RN. During this period Fenton was on station as part of the Royal Navy's anti Eoka patrols around Cyprus. This involved investigating any suspicious vessels and on occasions boarding them. In addition sometimes landing search parties when there was evidence of further suspicious activity on the coast. I have submitted elsewhere on this site HMS Fenton's participation in the Suez landings of November 1956. Thanks to Rodney Farkas for this entry.
HMS Hogue Cyprus 1957/58. Searching boats suspected in smuggling arms and explosives. Captain was Commander Turner. She was in collision with an Indian cruiser during a Night Encounter exercise, when ships were darkened. She was towed into Singapore with her bows missing back to the foreward gun turret.
HMS Lagos All 3 ships of 1st Destroyer Squadron (HMS Solebay, Lagos and Hogue) spent 3 months on anti gun-running patrols of the north coast of Cyprus during 1957. HMS Lagos, CO, Cdr Townsend RN. Was responsible for NW coast area from Kyrenia to Cape Arnorti (spelling?) laying up at anchor during the day and patrolling darken-ship at night, boarding and checking any vessels encountered. we worked with Shackleton aircraft from RAF Nicosia to cover our area.
HMS Manxman from 1955 to 1957 the Manxman patrolled the Mediterranean Ocean. We used to anchor off Limmasol & Kyrenia.
HMS Ocean HMS Ocean part of the RN Training Squadron was immediate recalled from Home duties in Sept 1955 to sail for Cyprus with Military supplies. Newspaper headlines proclaimed " Navy Sending Carrier to Cyprus" I was a National Serviceman undertaining. It was a real emergency. We sailed under secret orders passing Gib and arriving in Malta where we embarked Royal Marines from 40 Commando. Arriving off Famagusta there was a security screen of Landing Craft around the Carrier whilst unloading off shore took place.Although in training we were plunged into the business of ferrying supplies and equipment ashore to bolster the security forces.
Very little is known of HMS Ocean's role in that summer's emergency. We received no medal, we received no acknowledgment, time has forgotten us, but as we ferried the supplies to and fro, there was no doubt as 18 year old's there was a great deal of danger. Who remember's now.
Thanks to Peter Yeates for this entry.
HMS Reggio Coastal Protection.
HMS Solebay 1st Destroyer Squadron.
HMS Striker (L3516) Part of the Amphibious Warfare Squadron based at Malta. Ferried troops from Gibraltar to Cyprus in 1955 accompanied by HMS Reggio, the troops were (possibly) the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. Disembarked at Famagusta. Striker remained there for about 14 days and made a second visit later but berthed again at Famagusta for about two weeks! Because it was not classified as a "war zone" and we did not complete the statutory continuous 28 days in the area, we were not entitled the Naval G.S.Medal. Many Thanks to Mr.L.J.B.Butler for the detailed information.
HMS Theseus
HMS Torquay During summer of 1958 carried out patrol in waters surrounding Cyprus searching fishing boats, etc. Anchored nightly in various places e.g. Famagusta, Kyrenia, Limassol, Akritiri, etc. Each morning searched ship's bottom for limpet mines or other explosive devices.
HMS Ulysses Petty Officer Engineering Writer who served on the Ulysses on Cyprus patrol duties Dec 1955 - Dec 1956 and also in the Suez Landings when we were badly damaged by one of our MFV's delivering supplies. We were sent home to Plymouth early and our sister ships Undine, Ursa and Urania stayed in the Med till May 1957.
HMS Undaunted Two tours Cyprus protection, first Undaunted collision with HMS Maxton Dec 24th 1958 returned to complete final tour Feb 1959 Turkish Policeman onboard.
HMS Undine 6th frigate squadron in Mediterranean 57/58. 1958-1959 under command of Commander Foster, engaged in night time anti-gun running patrols and occasional bombardment at mountain locations.
HMS Urania Served Electrical Division, HMS Urania 1955 - 1957. Urania, under the command of Commnder Callingham (Fleet air arm) completed the 4th. (2nd. in command) of the 6th. frigate squadron ships, patrolling Cyprus and taking part in the Suez landings. At Cyprus, two ships of the squadron patrolled at night under 'darkened ship' routine, one north and west coast, the other south and east coast. Because of a shallow draft, we were able to follow suspect boats smuggling arms/ammunition into Cyprus, to a close inshore location, and being in touch with the shore armed services, when the suspects landed, the Army were waiting for them and took over. In return for shore protection by the Army, when ships company were allowed to go ashore and swim off the beaches, we took on board a number of soldiers for a few days at sea and rest. Thanks to Brian Skeldon for this entry.
HMS Ursa Did Cyprus Patrol on several occasions in 1957 to 58. Sailing round the Island during the "hours of darkness". We carried a local Cypriot policeman who accompanied the boarding parties when searching fishing boats and the like.
HMS Woodbridge Haven HMS Woodbridge Haven, leader of the inshore flotilla, mediterranean fleet. Captain James Dalglish commanding. The flotilla consisted of the 104th and 108th minesweeping squadrons based at Malta. The 108th was led by HMS Houghton, and the 104th by, HMS Walkerton. All minesweepers were named after villages whose names ended in TON. whilst being based at Malta, we detached ships to cyprus for what was called Cyprus patrol; we were trying to stop gun running for EOKA.
HMS Yarnton HMS Yarnton sailed from Portsmouth for Cyprus at the end of August 1958, stopping at Gibraltar and Malta en route. Patrolled Cyprus waters until November 1958.
Royal Navy signal station, Episcopi Cyprus. CO Rear Admiral AC Miers VC.
104 Minesweeper Squadron Ships based at Famagusta on I.S.patrols, five ships rotating. M1192 Wilkieston, M1194 Woolaston and M1206 Fiskerton were involved.

Patrol Boat Squadron a patrol boat sqadron operating out of Famagusta dong 3 week partols searching fishing boats and inshore villages for weapons and bombs. The boats were ex torpedo recovery boats converted especially for this job, the squadron was on active service from October 1955 to 20th September 1956.
HMPB4 RN patrol boat Famagusta 1055, I served on PB 4 in 1955 operating out of Famagusta doing anti EOKA gun running patrols. I was the ships radio operator. The ships Captain was called Williams. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who served on the PB squadron at that time. Where is Geoff Colclough?
108 Squadron 104 sqdn was reformed with ships having an enclosed bridge & sent to Aden, 108 sqdn continued the coastal patrols until the end. Maxton was the last minesweeper to leave Famagusta. 108 Squadron was comprised of Maxton, Leverton, Burnaston, Walkerton.
H.M.P.B.4. Royal Navy. H.M.P.B. 4, was one of four ex torpedo recovery boats based at Famagusta. We carried out inshore patrols for gun runners etc. We would spend 3 weeks at sea and on completion of the patrol, we were then based at the King George hotel for three weeks whilst we carried out repairs and a small refit at the Famagusta Naval dockyard. After 2 years we then took the boats to Malta, losing one on the way back, during a very bad seastorm. On arrival in Malta we made an entrance into Grand Harbour that I for one will never forget. The boats were then auctioned off. All the crews were awarded the Royal Naval general service Medal. Thanks to Bernard Ratcliffe. C/KX 921103. ME/1st class for this entry.
847 Naval Air Squadron Royal Navy 847 was on detackment from Malta. I was Radio Radar REL MECH AR From 8th Jan 1958 to 7th Jan 1959. CO was Lt Cdr Hawkesworth. We had 3 Gannet AS Mk IVs Our job was to carry out maritime patrols with RAF 38 Squad Shackletons. The compement was Aprox 10 officers 9 Senior ratings and 19 Junior ratings.


 
 

Headquarters, 3 Commando Brigade RM
Based in Limasssol from September 1955 to August 1956, Commanding officer Brigadier Rex Madoc RM. Besides 40 and 45 RM Commando in had The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) under command.
Signal Troop C/O Captain Tindail. Polamedia Camp, Limassol.
40 Commando RM were based in Troodos January 1957 - July 1958 and January 1959 - April 1959. Commanding Officer, Lt Col A Hellings DSO, MC, RM.
45 RM Commando
Z troop, Based in Troodos Mountains at Kykkos Monastery in middle of 1957.

Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre.
  The unit was based at Episkopi,I arrived in December 1956. The Unit processed Air Reconnaissance films and had a staff of Photo Interpreters. Badge was a Lynx's Head and the motto "Nil Lyncea Latebit"- The Lynx never sleeps.
No1 Joint Services Interrogation Unit During the training of this unit at Waynes Keep Camp Nicosia, the training was disrupted for a short period of time, due to a bomb explosion in our training room, the bomb was planted by the EOKA Terrorists, some were injured - but the unit did well considering - the Unit, that is No1 - J.S.I.U. the unit embarked on the Aircraft Carrier with 3 Commando and 45 Commando Bgd - headed for Suez and landed in Port Said on the 6th Novemeber 1956, left Suez early 1957 back to Cyprus.

Tri Services Secretariat, Nicosia. This was a Joint services communication unit during the gun running period. The exact location of I am not sure, but I know we went down Murder Mile to get to it.
It may have been a Naval base ?
I was stationed at RAF Nicosia and transited into Nicosia. We had contact with the Gannets (Navy) who flew the missions, also with other units. Does anyone know where this places existed? Thanks to Peter Holme for this entry.
No.1 Special transit camp, Was made up of personel from numerous arms = mostly reservists. Occupied land on the road to Nicosia airport totally tented. Originally intended as a POW transit camp for Suez but never served that purpose except for ae few Sudanese. Was used as a transit camp for units returning from suez and cyprus to UK after the emergency. Total strength approx 50-existed from Oct 56 to Feb 57 and was the last reservist unit to leave the island.

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