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Athlone Barracks 
 
History - This camp was initially occupied by the Canadians after the Second World War.
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 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers 1953-Dec 1956
6th Royal Tank Regiment 1956-1959 (1)
5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards  1959-1963 (2)
17th/21st Lancers 1963-1969
4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards Mar 1969-May 1973 (3)
The Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own)  Autumn 1973-Mar 1979
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys) 1979-1986
 The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons) 1986-1990
The Life Guards 1990 - 1992 (4)
1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards 1992-1998 (5)
The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish) 1998-pres
 
(1) Absorbed/Amalgamated in 1959 with 3rd Royal Tank Regiment.
(2) RDG Museum gives dates as February 1957 to June 1962.
(3) RDG Museum gives dates as April 1969 to June 1973.
(4) Arriving from Lothian Barracks, Detmold in March 1990 and leaving for Windsor in 1992.
(5) The QDGs left for Cambrai Barracks, Catterick Garrison as part of 19 Bde. They later returned to Osnabrück in 2003 to work with 4 Armd Bde, but were officially a divisional asset until 2005 when QDG formed part of 20 Armd Bde in which they departed for Dempsey Barracks, Sennelager until 2007.
 
I spent most of 1959 and a significant chunk of 1960 as a National Service member of the RAPC, attached to the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, stationed at Athlone Barracks, Sennelager. The Paymaster (my boss) was Maj D.G.Connor RAPC. There were 2 Commanding Officers during the time I was there: Lt Col JHMR(?) Tomkin, who was succeeded by Lt Col H.Walker (affectionately referred to as 'Happy Walker'). The Adjutant was Capt Richard Keightley. RSM 'Jack' Clayton was also succeeded by RSM 'Nobby' Musk during the time I was there. I was Pay-Clerk to A Squadron and the Regimental Band, whose Bandmaster was WO 1 Harold Vince. I believe the above to be accurate, but it was nearly 50 years ago.
Mr Keith Bassett