The Vindicatrix

A Memory of Sharpness.

Fri Jan 22nd 2021, at 8:54 pm
Francis Blackwell commented:
I joined the Sharpness Training school in 1965, in November, the worst time of year to start my training as the winter was drawing on, I did three month's training over the Christmas period, and I really missed home.
The early morning Training (Square Bashing as it used to be called) then a long run into the nearest village ( Berkley ) and all before breakfast which was on board the vindicatrix then on to the classrooms for lessons.
I enjoyed my stay there even though we had to get up early and if you were not quick out of your bunk a bit sharpish an officer nicknamed Squeezy Jackson used to come round with a squeezy bottle and a bucket of freezing cold water and squirt it all over you and your bunk, the good old days, it taught you to be obedient, respect your elders and salute every officer that crossed your path. it made me grow up quick and I would not have missed it for the world.

Added 22 January 2021


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