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With the Worcestershire Regiment on Jamaican tour, 1958

By dan shaw  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

  • Signal platoon, 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, Jamaica, 1958

  • Jim Pearshouse (2nd right) and pals enjoy the Jamaican sun

  • On parade at Norton Barracks

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JIM Pearshouse of Halesowen called in at the Bugle offices after seeing Thomas Jones’s photographs of young National Servicemen of the Worcestershire Regiment during their tour of duty in Jamaica in 1958.

Jim also served with the Worcesters at that time and brought along his own pictures of those days.

The main picture shows the signal platoon of the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment and Jim can be seen, wearing glasses, in the centre of the second row.

The back of the picture has been signed but not all of the names are legible. Do readers remember any of the following? Lieutenant Bezzant, Colour Sergeant Kane, J. Grimley, N. Robinson, B.H. Reeve, T.E. Willetts, P. Norcott, R. Jenkins, G. Jackson, A. Jones, R. Millington, A. Jennings.

A second picture shows Jim and his mates larking about in the Jamaican sunshine.

From left they are Mac Gittins, from Wolverhampton, Tom Jones, from Stoke, Tom “Ginger” Willetts, from Dudley, Jim Pearshouse, from Halesowen, and “Nipper” Collins, from Stoke.

The last picture was taken on the parade ground at Norton Barracks and shows the CO speaking to Jim. The officer’s attention was drawn by Jim’s appearing on parade, wearing broken glasses, due to a collision on the stairs with a comrade carrying a rifle.

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