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Clifton Barracks

Built - ?
Type - Wehrmacht, purpose unclear
Original name - Mudra Kaserne
History - ?
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Pionier-Regiment Nr. 16
 
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 Lancaster School

 

Closed 11 September 1992

 

(1) Departing for the West Indies in 1953.

(2) 61st Lorried Infantry Brigade, which was part of 6th Armoured Division.

(3) Arrived from Bindon Barracks Hameln to UK June 1966

(4) Arriving in June 1966 after being in Cyprus and Malta. Departing for Catterick in June 1969

(5) Arriving in November 1971 to re-role as a mechanised infantry battalion. 

(6) Equipped with 432 and Scimitar the Regiment was awaiting conversion to Warrior when as a result of the Options for Change Defence Review, The Queen's Regiment was amalgamated with The Royal Hampshire Regiment to form The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires) (PWRR). The 1st Battalion was disbanded at Minden, West Germany, the 2nd Battalion held a final reunion at Canterbury and the 3rd Battalion disbanded in Cyprus. The two new regular battalions of The PWRR were formed at Colchester (1st Bn) and Canterbury (2nd Bn).

(7) Arrived from Moltke Strasse Bad Salzuflen to Catterick Barracks Bielefeld

(8) Moved to Clifton Barracks, Minden, in May 1948 after leaving requisitioned premises in the small farming community of Holzhausen (between Minden and Lübbecke), which had been occupied since August 1945.

(9) Retitled 87 Telecommunications Workshop REME in 1953. Departed in 1957 for Kingsley Barracks, Minden.

 

 

 

 

 

Mudra Kaserne as it was known in days gone by.

 

 

These two memorials can be found within the barracks. The one on the left is dedicated to Das 1. Lorthr. Pionier Battalion who lost 56 officers, 206 NCO's and 1654 privates during the First World War. On the right the dedication is to Unseren Toten Our Dead of the Pionier-Regiment Nr. 16 The battalions that belonged to this regiment being Pi. 169 (Pionier-Bataillon 169 - Engineers), Pz. Pi. 16 (Panzerpionier Bataillon 169 - Armoured Engineers) and Pi. 169 (Pionier-Bataillon 169 - Engineers).  Can the contributor of these images please get in touch.

 
I was stationed in Minden at Clifton Barracks for 18 months in the early 1960s with 1st Bn The Worcestershire Regt. I must admit that none of the pictures were recognisable and in fact I could not even remember the name of the barracks, However google earth confirmed it was Clifton.

During my time there only one gate was in daily use and this was at the south east of the barracks. Directly across the road was a large Mercedes dealership. Looking at the satellite picture the main barrack blocks are still intact, I was interred in the south east block; the block due south was the cookhouse and JNCOs' Mess. Catering Corp lived over the shop. To the west and behind the barrack blocks, now apparently demolished, were the MT garages and REME. I was regimental signals and we had the two northernmost blocks for our Humber (1 ton armoured) Pigs, Land Rovers and signal stores. We took delivery of LHD short wheelbase Land Rovers to replace the Austin Champs whilst I was there. On arrival in Minden we were transformed overnight to become motorised infantry and our first task was to train drivers for all the vehicles at our disposal. So under strength were we that at one stage practically everyone had a vehicle of some form I had two; a Champ and a Pig.

Further West and behind the garages there was a huge sports field.  Google shows it as having what appears to be roadways which were not there in my time.
The barracks were quite good with an early form of double glazing which was double windows, one opened outward the other inward. It had central heating which was super efficient and very welcome for the severe winters we experienced and the height of luxury after the wooden spiders we had at Norton Barracks in Worcester. The attic spaces, mentioned elsewhere on the site, were huge; pay parade was held weekly in one of them during the winter. Above our block we installed a bar in the attic.
With regard to the building with the antenna tower on it, I don't recall seeing that at all, But then its 40 odd years ago it may have been there or a later addition.
Wrinkles
 
 

The year was 1969 with 1st The Bn The Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (1 DERR) on parade. During their stay in Minden, 1 DERR were roled as a mechanised infantry battalion as can be noted from the 432s on display. The 432s are MK 1 petrol variants which were painted olive green only. The 432s with oblong boxes on top are the command vehicles for each company and Battalion Headquarters. Support Company had 120mm Wombats and 81mm  motars. Each rifle company had a Carl Gustav anti-tank weapon, with each rifle section having a anti-tank greande attachment. The other vehicles were Series 2a Landrovers, Alvis 6x6 Stalwarts, Scammel Pioneer recovery vehicles and the Ferret MK 2/3. The uniform was purely olive green, with the battalion strength of 1000 men.
Courtesy of Mr Patrick Webb
 

The photo above is of the Corps of Drums of the 1st Battalion Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment.  
 Harry Angier ex-Corps of Drums, 1DERR.

 

 
 
POL Point
The following to aerial photographs are courtesy of Konversionsflächen in NRW.
 
 

West Gate


Officers' Mess.


West Gate and Officers' Mess.


Block 21 situated by the North Gate.


North Gate can be seen again on the left hand side.


Road leading to REME LAD.


REME LAD.


REME LAD.


Rear of the LAD as acn be seen by the markings.



Was this building within the fence line? If so, what was it used for?


The large building on the left is the block that can be seen above this image. The laat remaining stabel (shown later) stands before it. Many of the barrack blocks are now gone.


Looking in from the East Gate

 
Looking out from the East Gate.


These are the last stables to be found and probably won't be around for much longer. They were used as the sacred LAD bar.

 

 LAD building as viewed from where the Corporals' Mess stood.

Courtesy of Mr Mick Hall

Officers' Mess sanger

Courtesy of Mr Mick Hall

 

A room with a view. The crate which was utilised by the vertically challenged can still be seen, although not shown on this photo.

 Courtesy of Mr Mick Hall

Looking across at what would have been the vehicle hangers from the LAD.

Courtesy of Mr Mick Hall

Despite houses being built on what was the assault course, the log racks can still be seen.

Courtesy of Mr Mick Hall