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PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS



Introduction
This section is devoted to personal memories contributed by individuals who were either working for, or who had contact with Directorate.

It is hoped over a period of time to attract many entries from people covering a range of interesting topics, such as:

  • technology, work environment,
  • people or places of the day
  • impact of organisational changes
    events occurring at national, regional or local level
  • conferences, exhibitions or special events
  • project related
  • humorous moments
  • your time in the Directorate or DTELS, which may include a potted history to-date since leaving the organisation.

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page updated: 19/11/13

DTELS Personal Recollections

TIMELINE

 

ARTICLE

1946

Brum by Bob Swann

BRUM
by: Robert Swann
How One Man Started Life with the Directorate from 1946 onwards.

1957

Recollections of my time in the Directorate by Roy Hodgkinson MBE

ROY HODGKINSON MBE
by: Roy Hodgkinson
A look back at Roy’s time in the Directorate from 1957 until 1990.

1960s

John Leary memories of  Police Comms at the British Grand Prix

BRITISH GRAND PRIX
by: John Leary

Memories of setting up Police communications at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix.

 

Lawrie Atkinson - Rooms 6 and 7

FIRST LONDON DEPOT?
by: Lawrie Atkinson

Some early memories of the work carried out in Rooms 6 & 7

 

Life Working in D of Tels

LIFE WORKING IN D of TELS
by: Mike Leigh

A look back at early days in Stanton Depot.

 

Not a 9 Till 5 Job by Bob Swann

NOT A 9 TILL 5 JOB!
by: Robert Swann

A look back at one busy day in the 1960’s that didn’t stop until the early hours of the following morning.

1962

PETA Meter by John Maloney

PETA METER
by: John Maloney

Memories of a Portable Electronic Speed Analyser (PETA) in use one day in Cranbrook area during 1962.
 

1966-
1967

Police Radio Trials in an Army Helicopter by brian Hill

POLICE HELICOPTER TRIALS
by: Brian Hill

Police radio communication trials carried out in an Army Helicopter.

1967

John Leary memories of Wootton Hall

WOOTTON HALL
by: John Leary

Memories of a new recruit posted to the Wootton Hall Outstation in the late 1960’s.

 

Eric Davies memories on Bishops Cleeve MU and Control System Projects

CONTROL SYSTEMS & MU
by: Eric Davies

Memories of my time in Dtels, working on Control System projects and running Bishops Cleeve MU.

1967-
1971
 

Brian Hill memories of his first posting to Kidlington Outstation

TVP MEMORIES
by: Brian Hill

Memories of a new Directorate entrant posted to Kidlington Outstation

1968

Anecdotal memories from Alan Wood

ALAN WOOD
by: Alan Wood

A light hearted and anecdotal look back at Alan’s time in the Directorate and beyond.

1970s

MADE Lived On by Joe Bell

MADE LIVED ON
by: Joe Bell

A look back at the work carried out following the MADE trials.

 

Qatar Sub-Depot by Phil Archer

QATAR REGIONAL SUB-DEPOT
by: Phil Archer

Article and photographs recalling Phil’s DTels secondment to Qatar from 1973-1980.

 

Source by John Maloney

SOURCE
by: John Maloney

DOS Meters and the changing of calibrated source at CCE Harrow.

 

Sub Surface Radio by Peter Bridgeman

SUB SURFACE RADIO
by: Peter Bridgeman

A look back at FIGARO and the Home Office Line Linked Repeater.

 

That Eureka Moment by John Leary

EUREKA MOMENT
by: John Leary

Memories of the Rank PL201 3CH Handportable.
 

 

The Saga of the Dead Donkey by Dave Humphreys

THE SAGA OF THE DEAD DONKEY
by: Dave Humphreys

A humorous recollection of an tricky transportation matter from the 70s

 

Two Years in Doha and One Week in Loindon by Roy Tichelli

TWO YEARS IN DOHA
by: Roy Tichelli

Article and photographs recalling Roy’s DTels secondment to Qatar during the Mid-1970’s.

 

Various Snippets by Gordon Wyatt

SNIPPETS
by: Gordon Wyatt

A couple of humorous moments from the 70s
 

1971

Percy the Pike by John Maloney

PERCY THE PIKE
by: John Maloney

A fishy tale about a pike at the Weedon site in the 70s.

1973

Cumbrian Memories by John Borradaile

CUMBRIAN MEMORIES
by: John Borradaile

Recollection of humorous moments whilst based at Penrith Detachment.
 

<1974

Brian Hill memories of pre-1974 Health & Safety days

HEALTH & SAFETY the old ways!
by: Brian Hill

Some recollections of pre-1974 Health and Safety times in the Directorate.

1975

NAMU by George Ramsay

NORTHERN AREA MU
by: George Ramsay

Looking back at some of the important tasks carried out NAMU based at Kippax, West Yorkshire.

 

Samba by John Maloney

SAMBA
by: John Maloney

Not the music, but recollections of a talk given at Bramshill Police Training College.

 

My time in Dtels and beyond by Brian Walters

BRIAN WALTERS
by: Brian Walters

A potted history of Brian’s time in Dtels and beyond.

 

Divers and Diverse Talk by John Maloney

DIVERS & DIVERSE TALK
by: John Maloney

A two year underwater communications project started in 1975 with photos.

1976

Skyshout by John Maloney

SKYSHOUT
by: John Maloney

Looking back at helicopter public address trials for Police use.

1980s

Weyhill CCTV Section by John Perry

WEYHILL MU CCTV SECTION
by: John Perry

An overview of the 4th Line maintenance and support provided by the section in respect of Police, Prisons and Ambulance.

 

Special Services by Dave McKay

SPECIAL SERVICES
by: Dave McKay

Directorate Special Services from a user perspective

 

Thames Valley area projects by Gordon Wyatt

THAMES VALLEY PROJECTS
by: Gordon Wyatt

A look back at some of the projects undertaken by the Directorate in the Thames Valley area.

1986

SCHOW memories from Steven Cole

SCHOW
by: Steven Cole

Memories of Social Club Home Office Weyhill
(SCHOW) in 1986

1986-
1987

One winters day in Cranbrook Region by Fred Cornish

CRANBROOK WINTER 1986/87
by: Fred Cornish

Looking back at one chilly day when technical staff were dispatched to site by Army Helicopter

 

 

 

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