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Born Torpoint

4th August 1921

Died

21st August 2007

 

 

Married In Scotland

9th November 1946

Mary Stevenson Gilchrist

 

Children

Jim

Marie

Paulene

Norman

 

      Charles Henry Banks

Hello I'm granddad Banks. In other words, Charles Henry Banks.

 

I was born in Cornwall so I suppose that makes as a Cornishman.

EarlyDays

School

Work

My wife tells me that I have not said a word about what happened to me as a civilian during the war, before I was called up to the armed forces, So here goes

War in Torpoint

 So! Shortly after my call up papers arrived and I reported to the office in the centre of Plymouth There, I had an argument with the recruitment man because he wanted me to go into the ARMY and I refused point blank. He said well! the Navy is full up. So I said what about, the Air Force, Oh! Alright if that is what you want.

Call up

Over Seas

My brothers and myself were away on war service. So we came hone to a strange home. From this address 12 Merrifield Terrace I left to go to Scotland and marry my war time

 

Pen Pal and Sweetheart

 

The place was called Hamilton and it was the first wedding in a new church, Whitehill Hall Church. My mother in-law lost three of her children in one year through marriage.

 

Leslie Rush

 

One of my Burma pals was our best man Leslie Rush and we still keep in contact, 50 years on.

So I shall have a go at trying to remember. Being as now I am gone 61 and have had two strokes, that won't be easy.

 

 

Royal Air Force Service

 

War in 09-0642 Out 1947
 
Peace Time.
ATTESTATION DATE 4th May 1954    RELEASE DATE 29th October 1971

UNITS :

 
229 0 C U Chivenor
401 A S P Holland
Eindhoven Holland
R A F Binbrook
Honnington
R A F Seletar
R A F Cosford 
R A F gan MALDIVES.
R A F Colerne
10/05/54 to 26/09/56
26/09/56 to 31/05/58
31/05/58 to 31/03/59
31/03/59 to 28/03/60
28/03/60 to 16/08/62
16/08/62 to 21/02/65
21/02/65 to 08/03/67
08/03/67 to 01/03/68
01/03/68 to 29/10/71


Living at Kingsley Avenue untill 21/12/71 then at 34 Wellington Torpoint Cornwall.Pl11 2DF.

Bought this house of f Mr G Rowe an old school pal, who now lives at Cawsand near Milibrook. Cornwall.

 

 

 

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