Uniformed Services

A mardle about council work, mainly in North Norfolk (2016)

I went to school at Chase Secondary Modern Boys School, Enfield. I left there with no qualifications, just a school certificate. My very first job was 1962-66. I started work at a place called N Yeomans, in the Enfield Highway area, for about four years, basically learning the trade, because I started from scratch; I […]

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A technical career. From the R.A.F. into civilian life

The contributor began his working life as an engineering apprenticeship for the Royal Air Force, based at Halton. After graduation as a navigational instrument fitter, he spent 12 years in the RAF. Originally based at Marham. His air force career included two and a half years in South Australia while working for Avro on V […]

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A Woman of War and Peace. The Army and Intelligence.

This is one of our most exciting stories of courage, action and commitment to others. It is a tale of a remarkable woman who began her working life just before the War selecting women for high professional posts. In 1939, at 18 years old, she began work at the Ministry of Labour, braving bombs and […]

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Firefighter and more (2014)

Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE Fireservice, Norwich/London 1976-1997.  Probation Service Norwich 2002 – present (2014). " Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE So you've come through quite a disciplined start with the Navy, then through the Fire Service – again quite a disciplined thing but demanded quite a lot of […]

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Governing Prisons: despair and hope

Andy Barclay reviews his work in the UK prison service and a second career in the International Centre for Prison Studies. I was bought up in post war Coventry, which was a very prosperous city. I come from a background of public service both in terms of my father and my grandfathers and I moved to […]

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In and out of uniform

I was born in 1945 at a little village called Colton in Norfolk near Dereham as Roger Clive Dunnell. I had two twin brothers older than me and one younger brother, and my father was Jack, mother Irene Dunnell. Jack was a Norfolk policeman in Wymondham and Reepham. Unfortunately mother died in 1948 when I […]

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In the Air Force. Spying. In the Police Force.

Could you tell us about your first Job? It was a bit funny really I went for an interview to Sainsburys because my mother knew old Mrs. Sainsbury so that's going back somewhere to the First World War. She'd arranged that I should have an interview. When I had the interview it turned out that […]

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Lucky Jim. Being in the right place at the right time

Born in 1933, Jim was destined to become a London banker, but National Service intervened and he found he enjoyed Army life. It was the time of the Cold War and he learned Russian and transferred to the Intelligence Corps. When children came along, Army life wasn't ideal and he became a quantity surveyor, then […]

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Not Much of an Air Force Engineer!

I was born in Exeter in 1939, and I think I was one of the lucky generation; I think people of my age are the lucky ones. I was educated at Exeter School. I was never particularly academic, wasn't very sporting either, for that matter! At about 17 I looked around for things to do. […]

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Payroll, contracts and the Navy reserve. (2015)

I left school originally to join the Navy, but I’ve always had a problem with my weight so that excluded me, although they did write to me every month for a year to see whether I’d lost the weight. So I was obviously fairly good to get in the Navy. However that wasn’t to be, […]

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