The Things we Do after serving in the RMB
upon an advert which came with the opportunity of accommodation, I seized
upon it and without too many hopes at being successful, applied to join
the Prison Service. I was successful in my application, and started
work at HMP Exeter, then went for Training as an Officer to Wakefield.
Thanks to my Service Experience and a helping of Nous, I managed to
pass the examinations and was posted to Pentonville, and then to Wormwood
Scrubs, before eventually being reunited with my family back in Exeter.
I had some happy experiences at that posting, and passed the Civil Service
Exam for Senior Officer, and was subsequently posted to Shrewsbury Prison,
where I undertook various In-Post Appointments as Control Room Officer,
Observation and Classification Officer for Long Term Prisoners, and
additionally was also the Legal Aid Officer.
Now, I have again retired to the West Country to settle down, and have become active in Village Life, being on the working group of the Parish Plan, Vice Chairman of the RBL, dog walker for my grand-daughters dog, and editor of the HMS Gambia Association Web Site. I have managed to visit old friends and distant relatives in Australia and New Zealand a couple of times, but now due to ill health, it appears that my gallivanting days are over, but it has been a great run over the last seventy years! I dare say that I would never have achieved any of the above had I not benefited from my association and membership of the RM Band Service.