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The National Service Years 1945-59

Kenya & Aden 1958-1959

Corporal Charles Smith, 1st Battalion, King's Own

Charles Smith did his National Service with the 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment, between 1957 and 1959.  His service took him out to Kenya and Aden.


Group of soldiers of the 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment at Deerbolt Camp, Barnard Castle, in 1957, undertaking their advanced training.
Accession Number: KO3011/001


On parade at Deerbolt Camp, Barnard Castle, 1957.
Accession Number: KO3011/002


Official army photograph of Private Charles Smith, number 23422090, 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment.
Accession Number: KO3011/003


Private Charles Smith on the left of this group at Deerbolt Camp, Barnard Castle, 1957.
Accession Number: KO3011/004


Private Charles Smith is on the left of this group of kitchen staff on board HMT Empire Fowey.  Due to the rough weather in the Bay of Biscay and the fact that the majority of the soldiers on board were suffering from sea sickness, Private Smith was seconded to the kitchen as he was not suffering from the conditions.
Accession Number: KO3011/005


Shore leave in Gibraltar, 1957.  Private Charles Smith on the left.
Accession Number: KO3011/006


Shore leave in Gibraltar, 1957.
Accession Number: KO3011/007


View from ship.
Accession Number: KO3011/008


Private Charles Smith on board HMT Empire Fowey on the way to Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/009


Group on board HMT Empire Fowey on the way to Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/010


Group of galley staff on board HMT Empire Fowey on the way to Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/011


Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/012


Private Charles Smith, 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment.
Accession Number: KO3011/013


View from HMT Empire Fowey on the way to Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/014


View of Gibraltar.
Accession Number: KO3011/015


View of Gibraltar.
Accession Number: KO3011/016


Private Charles Smith, off duty.
Accession Number: KO3011/017


Private Charles Smith on board HMT Empire Fowey.
Accession Number: KO3011/018


Street scene, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/019


Street scene, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/020


Street scene, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/021


Gun at Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/022


Training on the 3 inch mortar in Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/023


Private Charles Smith at Little Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/024


On patrol at Lauder, Audhali State, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/025


Private Charles Smith, on the left, about go to swimming, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/026


Loading troops on to a Beverley transport aircraft, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/027


Private Charles Smith on top of 'Outlook Rock', Aden, overlooking the oil refinery.
Accession Number: KO3011/028


Private Charles Smith, spear fishing, Shark Island, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/029


View of Little Bay, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/030


Town of Lauder, Aden, with Private Dick Baxter and Private Charles Smith.  "We had to carry a rifle and a bandolier of rounds in order to leave the camp."
Accession Number: KO3011/031


Tents in Lauder, six men to a tent.
Accession Number: KO3011/032


Chatting to the local troops in Lauder, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/033


Fishing off Shark Island, Aden, with an Italian lad.
Accession Number: KO3011/034


Local troops on the way to Lauder
Accession Number: KO3011/035


The escarpment we came up, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/036


Beverley transport aircraft landing at Lauder, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/037


Little Aden and the oil refinery.
Accession Number: KO3011/038


Our mule transport for patrols, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/039


Wash time on patrol, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/040


Travelling down the escarpment to Lauder, Aden, whilst on patrol.
Accession Number: KO3011/041


On the beach at speed, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/042


On the way back to Lauder, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/043


Smoke break, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/044


Fishing with the Italian lad, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/045


Guns lined up at Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/046


Convoy to Lauder, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/047


Private Charles Smith, fishing at Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/048


In the Red Sea fishing.
Accession Number: KO3011/049


Group on airfield, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/050


Arab Dhow, Mombassa, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/051


Sergeant "Bull" fishing at Little Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/052


Native boy, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/053


Native troops, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/054


Rock climbing, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/055


Transport aircraft landing at Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/056


Towelling down after swimming, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/057


Airfield, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/058


Shark nets, which allowed for safe swimming.
Accession Number: KO3011/059


At Silver Sands Rest Camp, Mombassa, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/060


Beverley transport aircraft taking off at Lauder, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/061


The beach, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/062


Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/063


View of Little Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/064


Games Day, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/065


Silver Sands rest camp, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/066


Mombassa Harbour, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/067


Private Charles Smith, at the swimming pool, Gil Gil Camp, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/068


Filling water trucks in Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/069


Giant tortoise.
Accession Number: KO3011/070


The Equator Sign, Gil Gil, Kenya, Private Charles Smith and Hentey.
Accession Number: KO3011/071


Outside tent at Gil Gil Camp, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/072


Water truck, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/073


Morning shave near Mount Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/074


Shooting butts with Mount Kenya in the background.
Accession Number: KO3011/075


At camp near Mount Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/076


Lion on the reserve, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/077


The men of 'D' Company, 1st Battalion, King's Own, Private Charles Smith included, built the Gil Gil Camp Cinema from a kit.
Accession Number: KO3011/078


Group at Thomson Falls, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/079


Native huts, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/080


'D' Company built a rope bridge to cross a ravine which was used by the rest of the battalion.
Accession Number: KO3011/081


Testing the rope of the newly constructed bridge.
Accession Number: KO3011/082


Native hut.
Accession Number: KO3011/083


Time off at Gil Gil Camp, Kenya, with Private Charles Smith on the right.
Accession Number: KO3011/084


Entrance to Nairobi, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/085


'Off out' with Private Charles Smith, in the middle.
Accession Number: KO3011/086


Local tribesman.
Accession Number: KO3011/087


With pals in Nairobi, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/088


Rifle team trials, Private Charles Smith was three points short of his marksman's badge.
Accession Number: KO3011/089


The javelin, Gil Gil Camp, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/090


Off to Town, Lance Corporal Charles Smith on the right.
Accession Number: KO3011/091


Injured flamingo, Gil Gil Camp, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/092


Lance Corporal Charles Smith and pal, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/093


Local police filling water truck, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/094


Light machine gun practice Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/095


Thomson Falls, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/096


Tusks, Nairobi, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/097


View of Gil Gil Camp, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/098


Puff adder snake that bit one of the lads, he went blind for three days.
Accession Number: KO3011/099


Thomson Falls, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/100



Accession Number: KO3011/101


We built model aeroplanes at Gil Gil Camp, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/102


Giraffes on the run, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/103


On convoy to Lauder, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/104


Unknown bridge.
Accession Number: KO3011/105


Looking over the Rift Valley, for lost model plane.
Accession Number: KO3011/106


A python, with Charles Smith on the right.
Accession Number: KO3011/107


The Puff adder found in my clothes.
Accession Number: KO3011/108


Tented Camp near Mount Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/109


My model glider, Gil Gil Camp, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/110


Our models at Gil Gil Camp, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/111


Private Charles Smith, at Deerbolt Camp, Barnard Castle.
Accession Number: KO3011/112


Lance Corporal Charles Smith, at Gil Gil Camp, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/113


Church Lads Brigade, May Day 1954.
Accession Number: KO3011/114


Church Lads Brigade, May Day 1954.  Charles Smith on the big drum.
Accession Number: KO3011/115


Church Lads Brigade, May Day 1954.
Accession Number: KO3011/116


Lance Corporal Charles Smith with his "Aero Modeller" sent from home to Gil Gil Camp, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/117


Unknown bridge.
Accession Number: KO3011/118


Lauder Camp, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/119


Looking for lost aeroplane over Rift Valley, Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/120


Off out....
Accession Number: KO3011/121


Fort Jesus, Mombassa, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/122


Giraffes on the run, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/123


Time out at Gil Gil Camp, Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/124


Galley fatigues on HMT Empire Fowey.
Accession Number: KO3011/125


The airstrip at Aden.
Accession Number: KO3011/126


Postcard of HMT Empire Fowey.
Accession Number: KO3011/127


Rear of the postcard, the last one sent from Southampton before the ship departed for Kenya.
Accession Number: KO3011/128

 

 

 

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