REME Instrument Trade
A record of Instrument Technicians / Mechanics and Artificers who served in
the Corps of Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers spanning the years 1954
This document has been compiled by Dave Knowles, who served as an Instrument Technician /
Artificer between 1977 and 1999. The information and photographs within have been provided by
numerous fellow tradesmen over a number of years. I neither claim, nor stipulate any copyright to
this material and view it very much as open source to all fellow tradesmen, and their families, who
served in the REME Instrument Trade over the years. The work is simply an attempt to record all of
us in one place and provide a meaningful memento which can be passed on to families and friends
The information covers the period 1954 to 2000, which is effectively the year in which the REME Instrument trade passed into history as the trade was merged, along with a number of other REME trades, into the REME Electronics trade group.
The work has relied on input from many fellow tradesmen and is by no means complete. It
summaries almost three years of information gathering. There is every chance a revision or two will
be created, to reflect further information as it becomes available.
Any additional information, photographs; amendments; or indeed suggestions or enquiries can be
sent to : firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course photographs and names 1954 to 2000..1
Consolidated list of apprentice & basic trade training courses...X
Consolidated list of upgrader trade training courses..X
Consolidated list of artificer trade training courses.X
Consolidated list of Instructors at Arborfield, Carlisle, Bordon...X
Orphans list of names from the trade with no course yet identified.X
Trade postings over the years, by country..X
54B Apprentice Instrument Mechanics Arborfield 1957
Rear : Clive Soord, Jim Ashworth, Tony Lyne, Don May, John Richards, Derek Palmer, Bill Cleaton.
Front: Jock Greves, Spike Riley, Clive Swatton, Robin Tomsett. (Photo taken by Terry Bunyard who was also on the course)
60b was the first apprentice course to pass out of Carlisle, after the training had moved there from Arborfield.
Norman McClaren, Alan Wilton, Bernard Fuller, Dennis Lunn, Derek Grater, Chris Nurse, Dave Walker
61b Apprentice Instrument Tech Carlisle finished 1964
George Kirkpatrick, ? Stewart, Phil Williams (DNC)
Peter Winter, ? Iheme, Andy Hamil, Mick Zambra
61c Apprentice Inst Techs Carlisle - finished 1964
Words from Bernie Baker
(There were three intakes each year A, B & C. I
believe that there were six on our course although
my memory seems to think that we were joined by an
A/T from 61B who had been back squaded (Alan
Thornton). I think that that we were the first to
start and finish at Carlisle and that we were also
the first to be posted as (L/Cpl) Technicians. Dave
Sanderson, Bernie Baker, Geoff Cashmore-Thorley,
Mick Barker, Chalky White, Freddy Mills . As for
instructors, Head of Section was ASM Bob Pringle
and I believe that Gus Gorse, of Bordon fame, also
did a stint
64b Apprentice Inst Techs Carlisle - finished 1967 (at Bordon)
Ben Bentham, Blackie Blackwell, Chris Compton, Eric Culshaw, Mugsy
Murgatroyd, John Gridley, Tony Little, Jan Skuratko
64c Apprentice Inst Techs Carlisle - finished 1967 (at Bordon)
Dave Alexander, Dave Burrell, Mick Burrows, Roger Cross, Steve Hammond,
John Preston, Bob Stone, Steve Portman
62c Apprentice Inst Techs Carlisle - finished 1965
Howard Emerson, Ray Gatward, Bob Reid, Gig Dawson, Dave Nickerson, Dave King, ? Mcphereson, Graham Paddy
63c Apprentice Inst Techs Carlisle - finished 1966(at Bordon)
Simon Purton, Bob Blake, Chris Pollard, Ian Johnston, Mike Franks, Dave Atkins
64a Apprentice Inst Techs Carlisle - finished 1967 (at Bordon)
Pete Douglas, Colin Bazen, Bob Barkas, Pete Hoskins, Johnny Hove
Notes on apprentice training.
It is believed training for apprentice instruments mechanics at Arborfield started in the mid 40s after responsibility was transferred to REME from? Prior to this training was
probably conducted at Woolwich. The earliest report found to date of anyone attending apprentice training at Arborfield is Bob Spiller in the mid 40s No other reports have
been received until intake 54b reported above.
Length of training for apprentices was 3 years.
It is believed that in 1959 a decision was made to transfer the training of apprentice instruments mechanics to Carlisle. Courses which were mid training relocated to
Carlisle. It is believed 56c may have been the last apprentice instrument course to pass out of Arborfield.
Training at Carlisle lasted until 1966, when the decision was made to discontinue apprentice instrument tech training. Courses which were mid training (64A, B & C) were
relocated to Bordon and finished their training there. It is very likely that the last apprentice instrument tech course to pass out of Carlisle was 63c, although to date there
has been no records found of this course.
Apprentice training for Instrument Technicians was reintroduced in ? Conducted at Princess Marina College, Arborfield. Length of training was XX. The first course to pass
out after training was XX in XX
33 Artificer Instruments Bordon - Sep 1966 to Nov 1967
Rear :Brian Gisborne, Barry Williams, Dave Hall, Sgt Kordjonie (Ghana), Mahmoud Sihaden (Jordan), Sgt Oladmadji (Nigeria), John Smith, Sgt Peprah (Ghana), John Lee
Front : Charlie McGill, Mr Vern Wood, Capt ?, Mr Green, WO2 (AQMS) Tozer, Harry Gostling
35 Artificer Instruments Bordon approx Nov 1968
Rear : ? Robinson, ? Van Rensberg, Abdul Rasip - overseas student, ? Pike, Wilf Hurst
Front : Mr Green, Lt Col Smith, Maj Nicholson
02 Basic Instruments finished 1967/68?
Neil McCole, George Edmondson
03 Basic Instruments finished 68?
Deryk Washer, Barry Frangleton, Maurice Smith, Dave Ward, Heinz Bonzio, Dave Heap
5 Basic Instruments finished 1970
Ian Richardson, Brian England, Gordon Rose
06 or 07 Basic Instruments finished 1970
Dave Barker, John Beresford
36 Artificer Instruments pre course photo 1969
Rear : Pete Curphy, Peter (Taff) Williams), Bernie (Taff) Fuller, Bernie Baker, Al Kitchin, Dave Jackson Front : Bill Ewen, Dave Bellis, Tony Bricknell, CSM ?, Pete Tiley, John Taylor
36 Artificer Instruments finished 1970
Rear : Pete Tiley, Dave Bellis, Pete (Taff) Williams, Dave Jackson, Pete Curphy, Alwyn Kitchin, Bernie (Taff) Fuller
Front : Bill Ewan, Mr Green, Lt Col Bagnall Oakey, Capt Penfold, Bernie (Spud) Baker, John Taylor
11 Basic Instruments finished 1970
Rear : Ray Dixon, Dave Stow, Tony Turner, Pete Hatherly (bench fitting instructor), Tony Ash, Andy Smith, Ralph Small, Eris Scargill
Front : Tony Derry, Tom Fisher, Wally Green, Ian Dall, Brian Devlin.
Rest of course photos to follow
1943 intake of Apprentice Mechanics will have finished around 1947
49b Apprentice Instrument Mechs Arborfield finished Jul 1952
54b Apprentice Instrument Mechs Arborfield finished 1957
56b Apprentice Instrument Techs Arborfield finished Dec 1959
57b Apprentice Instrument Techs Arborfield finished Dec 1960
58b Apprentice Instrument Techs - Arborfield -finished Jul 61
59a Apprentice Instrument Techs - Arborfield -finished Dec 61
Was A Twyning on this intake? Was R Markham?
59b Apprentice Instrument Techs - Arborfield -finished March 62
Alan (Doddy) Dodds
A (Kipper) Haddock
Consolidated list of apprentice & basic instrument tech training courses
59c Apprentice Instrument Techs - Arborfield -finished 1962
Was R Sterling on this course?
Was J C Davie on this course?
60b Apprentice Instrument Techs Carlisle finished 1963
61a Apprentice Instrument Techs Carlisle finished 1964