First & Last, Journal of the Halton 81st Entry

Issue Number 6

February 2006

The Journal of the 81st Entry

Uploaded by Brian Spurway

Edited by Mike Stanley

Welcome to the sixth edition of The Journal.


My reason for the above title is to broach the subject of Blowing One's Own Trumpet.Doing such a thing is not viewed well by blokes of our generation and upbringing. Boastful! Big Headed! Braggart! There are plenty more of these sorts of epithets levelled at those who are thought to be blowing their own trumpet. However there is a difference in some one being asked to give a tune on their instrument to that of some one who shatters the quiet with an uninvited rendition.

As far as this Journal is concerned all are invited to "give a tune" It goes without saying, but I will say it none the less, that none of our entry are boastful, bigheaded or braggarts. We all have tales to tell, of our time in the RAF and in Civvy Street, which are not just of interest to us but are also history!

It's a sobering thought but history is what we are. How many of us have had their grandchildren coming to us when they are 'doing' The Second World War in school? (I soon put them right when they refer to it as WW2) Two out of my three have already asked me about life as an evacuee and the third one will probably be so doing this coming year. I expect it is the same for many of us; we have become a teaching and learning resource!! ! I also expect that most of us have done a bit of research into family history? (It seems to come with age!) Don't we all wish that we had listened to old Aunty Glad/Uncle Bert, even our parents, when they were banging on about the old days instead of making a dash for the nearest exit? Think how pleased you would be if when doing research on your ancestors you came across some thing written by an ancestor regarding his/her life?

Look on articles written for the entry journal as artefacts left for your descendants, it may even prompt you to write a full life history for your descendants to marvel over in the far future.

There is also the position of the Entry. Every Halton entry considers itself to be unique and The Best. Which of course they are to their own members. However the merits, or otherwise, of any entry are judged by others, mainly on that intangible, ethereal quality "Entry Spirit". A quality that defies definition but is recognised when encountered. This Entry has that quality, and one of the manifestations of it is how and what the members of the 81st did, both during their service and after. Not necessary what high rank or position obtained (but that goes into the mix) but how adaptable, resilient and resourceful they have been throughout their service and civvy life.

Our entry can boast of an ex sludge- gulper driver who became a highly regarded and successful lawyer; of a former inmate of the 'Glasshouse ' becoming a Senior Engineer responsible for the maintenance of oil drilling rigs; of a common or garden armourer becoming the Headmaster of his own school in Chile. There are many others who have achieved much, in many varied occupations, and of course those who have served long, faithful and fruitful, years in the RAF.

So come and blow your trumpet. Not for your own glorification but as a factual account for your descendants; for a resource for future researchers into The RAF Apprenticeship Scheme and lastly, but probably more importantly, for the honour and due recognition, of our illustrious Entry!

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