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St Georges Barracks Gosport 1962/70 by Maurice Robinson

As a member of the R.A.S.C./R.C.T. MARITIME T/A.V.R. from 1962/70, which covered the use of G.S.L.s & FAST LAUNCHES, I had to report to ST GEORGES BARRACKS on an annual basis where we were billeted when not afloat out of H.M.S.GUNWHARF, the barracks itself until they decided to do it up was a bit dank and dingy, but it still kept that VICTORIAN AIR about it .(by the way is it still there as its 40 years since I last saw it)(though mainly housing Ian Jeffery) I all suspect the walls could tell many stories a bout the servicemen who had passed through its portals. As for Gosport itself my mates and I found its people very warm and welcoming, especially in the local hostelries like the VINE (where I once collected the yard of ale prize,"a free pint", also the FOX,the RAILWAY ARMS, there was also THE ARK ROYAL,(which was pretty new) and its long bar, I can remember one night when the bar was packed amongst the throng were two young very handsome young ladies whom it seemed were unapproachable, and all the blokes who my mate and I knew said you've no chance, but their faces dropped when my mate and I walked out with them on our arms,(their names remain a secret)I also recall a small tobacconist in the Pareham Road area because that seemed to be the only place I could purchase GUARDS cigarettes behind the shop was some sort of paper works that employed local people I think they had a good ladies dart team that won something at Thorngate, I would suspect that Gosport has not much left of it being a GARRISON TOWN now. I have enjoyed relating some of my memories about Gosport especially in my TWILIGHT YEARS, as I am soon to be 78, and coming from GRIMSBY I don't think I will be seeing GOSPORT again, so read and reflect, regards to all,           MAURICE ROBINSON.

 

portsmouth harbour 2nd ww carrier hms levithan mid 60s by pm robinson

portsmouth harbour enteiling gunwharf mid 60s by pm robinson

portsmouth harbour gunwharf maurice coxwan of the martin rasc reserve mid 60s by pm robinson

Portsmouth Harbour Gunwharf mid 60's by PM Robinson Gosport

portsmouth harbour 2nd ww carrier hms levithan mid 60s by pm robinson

portsmouth harbour enteiling gunwharf mid 60s by pm robinson

portsmouth harbour gunwharf maurice coxwan of the martin rasc reserve mid 60s by pm robinson

Portsmouth Harbour Gunwharf mid 60's by PM Robinson Gosport

Portsmouth Harbour - Harbour launch Maurice Robinson by PM Robinson Gosport

Portsmouth Harbour Royal Yacht 1965 by PM Robinson Gosport

Portsmouth Harbour Royal Yacht mid 60's by PM Robinson Gosport

St Georges Barracks Gosport 1960s Maurice Robinson and pals by PM Rbinson

Portsmouth Harbour - Harbour launch Maurice Robinson by PM Robinson Gosport

Portsmouth Harbour Royal Yacht 1965 by PM Robinson Gosport

Portsmouth Harbour Royal Yacht mid 60's by PM Robinson Gosport

St Georges Barracks Gosport 1960s Maurice Robinson and pals by PM Rbinson

St Georges Barracks Gosport 1966 Mick Miller Maurice Robinson Vick Stan Smith by PM Robinson

St Georges Barracks 1968 PM Robinson Gosport

St Georges Barracks Gosport 1966 Mick Miller Maurice Robinson Vick Stan Smith by PM Robinson

St Georges Barracks 1968 PM Robinson Gosport

All I have been able to find out about HMS Levithan is that it was the 4th ship with that name and was launched in 1943 but was never completed was scrapped in 1968. Work was suspended in May 1946, and plans to convert her into a commando carrier or missile cruiser, or sell her to a foreign buyer, fell through.During the 1950s, she was used as an accommodation ship, and in 1966, her boilers were removed and sold to the shipyard refitting the Colossus class for Argentine service. Leviathan was scrapped in May 1968 . (Most from various web sites) Ian

PM Robinson (Maurice) is looking for Jean Street this lady helped me put my life back on track in 1966 she lived in the Parham Road Area of Gosport she would be around 72 now I would just like to know if she is O.K. after all these years. The only other bit of information I can recollect is  she worked in something to do with Paper "ware" I think it was Reeds, their base was opposite Parham Road behind a row of small shops she was also a member of a ladies dart team, there is a possibility she may have married and moved away, Ian are you going to publish this in your local News Sheet, if so you can add my e mail address some one in Gosport may come up with a clue..

p.m.robinson@btinternet.com

 

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