Topic: Blog

Date: 11/04/2014

By: Garry Canham

Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: history.

Mr Mather,

I've already answered your query re 'wearing of a tracksuit' but someone has deleted it....I wonder who?
So I'll try again. I only wore a tracksuit daily from 08.30 to 17.00. but the rest of the time was spent soldiering which I thoroughly enjoyed....not. And Charlie please don't delete.

GC

Date: 24/04/2014

By: Dick Mather

Subject: Re: Re: history.


Garry, you should have reverted to the old ''Steam Gunnery'' method of using cotton, extracted from your beret, stuck on the end of the barrel where there are two vertical and two horizontal grooves, holding the cotton in place using grease, then remove the firing pin and look up the barrel using the half of your binoculars that does not have the graticule pattern, to align the cross hairs on the target, followed by aligning the periscope graticule to the same point ...... but I'm sure your going to tell me that you knew that !!

Dick

Date: 05/04/2014

By: Charlie

Subject: Your House

Nev
Is that your abode with the camper van outside or the one with the cruiser?

Date: 05/04/2014

By: Neville Palmer

Subject: Re: Your House

It is the house with the Motorhome, my neighbour 3 doors down has the 5th Wheel Cruiser. Yes I have booked campsites for a week in May & 2 weeks in June, so the camping season will soon be with us.
Did you go to Google Earth to find the picture of my location?
Take care.....Neville.

Date: 05/04/2014

By: Charli

Subject: Re: Re: Your House

Yes I did. Comes in handy when you are spying

Date: 02/04/2014

By: Charlie

Subject: Old Token

Just received this from David Roberts:

Just to set a ball rolling -This " British Armed Forces 1d" plastic token was passed to me the other day. Like many ex Boys we were all familiar with "BAFVs" but I can not recall ever coming across a penny token such as this.

It's brown, Bakelite or something of the sort with a laminated surface and is the same on both sides. It is about the size of a pre decimal penny (roughly measuring 30 mm or ( 1 1/8" ) diameter.)

I've heard it may be from WWI, some say WWII and some say it may have been issued in Japan?

I wonder if any of the wise and travelled on the Boys Sqn website can throw any light on this?

Photograph attached

If I get any definitive information as to where and when it was used from any other sources, I will let you know.

Please go to the last photo in David's Album

Date: 02/04/2014

By: Neville Palmer

Subject: Re: Old Token

These were issued in July 1946. They made both One Penny & Half Penny tokens. The NAAFI requested special money to be used in their establishment, thus the issue of BAFSV's. They were also used in other British messes that normally used Sterling Currency, as other allied forces used these places they were required to purchase this currency from the British, it had to paid for in Sterling. These forces included the United States, Belgium, Denmark, France, Holland, Luxembourg, Norway, Austria & Italy (Trieste Free Territory) who all had troops stationed in Germany. They were used in Germany, Berlin & to some extent in Japan. This token was produced by the Sheffield Company of Wollen & Co Ltd.
I collect these items & you can see the notes in my Photo Section. I do not have any of the tokens in my collection, but have been looking to buy some for many years, if you have any for sale let me know. I do have several of the notes for sale. I have a catalogue/history listing all notes & token issued. They ceased to be issued in 1988 & the notes still on hand at MOD were sold by auction in 1991.
Hope this helps you all out!!

Date: 02/04/2014

By: Neville Palmer

Subject: Re: Re: Old Token

To add which I forgot to mention, the catalogue is a UK publication & is listed as ISBN 90-801808-2-3 if any body is interested.

Date: 03/04/2014

By: Garry Canham

Subject: Re: Re: Old Token

Neville,

I found your blog extremly interesting and informative. Many thanks.

Best Regards
Garry

Date: 04/04/2014

By: David Roberts

Subject: Re: Re: Old Token

Hi Neville, Very many thanks for helping me out on the Penny token and all the background information. Especially as there isn't too much available, even on the internet! Anyway, a problem shared is a problem halved - so I'm most grateful for your help.
I'm quite happy to let you have this token for your collection (for free) if you are still interested? Can I suggest you email your address details to Charlie, with a note for him to forward it to me and I will then put it in the post for you.
Thanks again - David

Date: 04/04/2014

By: Neville Palmer

Subject: Re: Re: Re: Old Token

Thanks David it is very kind of you. I will take you up on your offer, if I am ever in a position to help you out please let me know. I have seen the odd one or two for sale, the last was in Portugal of all places & the seller was asking about £4.00 plus postage. They are not expensive or rare, but just not listed that often.
I will give you my details here:- Neville A Palmer, 547 Terrilll Road NW., Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, T1A7A8.
Thanks again it is very much appreciated.....Neville.

Date: 05/04/2014

By: David Roberts

Subject: Re: Re: Re: Old Token

Neville, Just to say thanks for your address details and that it will be in the post to you on Monday next.
Also I have just had an email response from the Curator of the AGC Museum (Mr Bailey) who provided some limited details but they don't seem to have any of these in their museum and he is going to make further inquiries in the Corps journal. I have therefore added your information on the token in my reply to him......
Best wishes David

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