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ABOVE: The Sick Quarters staff at RAF Ruislip (Pete took the picture)
ABOVE: Pete old mate Corporal Ivan Brown being honoured by dignitaries. Ivan was a great Calypso singer and guitarist. Pete once cured his throat infection a couple of days before he appeared on The BBC Light Programme's 'Guitar Club' in 1957
Pete joined The RAF in 1955, and, as he was a pacifist, he became a Nursing attendant.
However, he still had to do his basic training (six weeks) at RAF West Kirby, and two weeks Ground Combat Training at Altcart in Yorkshire.
(See Photos on the right)
Then he went to RAF Warton, where he did 16 weeks intensive studying to become a Nursing Attendant, 2nd Class.
He published a weekly magazine called 'Petry's Forces Fun' (See above)
which his RAF colleagues found very amusing!
Pete's mascot, Cecil The Snail, also went with him!
AC2 Roger Franklin Aylott and AC1 Des Taylor in RAF Ruislip Sick Quarters
Above: Pete Sketching a fellow AC1 at West Kirby
Above: 'Bull Night' in the nissan hut at West Kirby.(Pete on the right)
Pete's friend Dave Rich on combat training at Altcart Moors, Yorkshire (in the middle of Winter!)
...and here's Dave (who also trained at Warton) with a pint in The NAAFI!
After his medical training, he was posted to RAF Ruislip, where he eventually graduated to Nursing Attendant 1st Class. (spot the deliberate mistake!)
Here. he also arranged dances, which he called 'Hops', (probably one of the first 'Discos'), Variety Shows, and he ran The Station radio, with a weekly record request show. he called this 'After The Bull', as it happened to fall on Tuesdays, which was 'Bull Night'.
He also designed posters for special events, such as Station dances, Sports Day, The Officers' Christmas party, and recruitment...
FORCES FUN: Some of the madcap pictures we took at RAF West Kirby and RAF Warton medical Training School...
Pete studies, as Cecil looks on * Dave loses his head * A fight in the barracks
Ginger Howells in The NAAFI * Ted as Squadron Sergeant * Reading Pete's 'Forces Fun'
..and then, on
15th August 1958,
Pete Was demobbed...
To find his way back in Civvy Street, and to marry his forces sweetheart, DOROTHY...