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A Shout From The Attic: Private Jubb RPC

...We sat in a corner of the NAAFI away from prying eyes and flapping ears as I became the voice for his true love...

Ronnie Bray tells how he became the letter writer for an Army friend.

To read earlier episodes of Ronnie's richly engaging autobiography please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/a_shout_from_the_attic/

...We sat in a corner of the NAAFI away from prying eyes and flapping ears as I became the voice for his true love...

Ronnie Bray tells how he became the letter writer for an Army friend.

To read earlier episodes of Ronnie's richly engaging autobiography please click on http://www.openwriting.com/archives/a_shout_from_the_attic/

Sudbury was not solely a REME establishment. The quarters were shared with a platoon of the ACC, without whose bountiful ministrations nothing happens anywhere at any time because nobody eats, and with a company of the Royal Pioneer Corps, whose motto “Labor Omnia Vincit” – “Labour Conquers All,” points toward the important things they do, such as establishing roadways and military airfields, and blowing up bridges in forward positions to forestall the enemy ahead of occupation by our Infantry.

The RPC was characterised by its hard working but often poorly educated soldiers. This has led to them being treated disdainfully by those who are short of the milk of human kindness. The Royal Logistic Corps was formed on 5 April 1993, amalgamating the Royal Corps of Transport, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Royal Pioneer Corps, Army Catering Corps and the Postal and Courier Service (Royal Engineers).

It was my good fortune to become friends with Private Brian Jubb, RPC, a member of the detachment at Sudbury. He came from Barnsley and spoke with a rich Barnsley accent that did not travel well. Brian was illiterate, but what he lacked in education he more than compensated for by his innocent approach to life and his open friendliness. He was unlettered and courting a girl from his home town, so he engaged me to read the letters he regularly received from his sweetheart, and to write back to her. We sat in a corner of the NAAFI away from prying eyes and flapping ears as I became the voice for his true love, and the instrument of his own heart in response.

In April 1954 I was shipped out to the Middle East Land Forces, and Brian Jubb and I said our sad goodbyes, and I have heard nothing of him since then. I like to think that he has had a happy life with his Barnsley lass and their family, and that he found joy in his employment, and felt the warmth and appreciation of his circle of friends. He richly deserves them all.

Note: Although the Royal Pioneer Corps disbanded in 1993 when it was amalgamated with 4 other Corps to form the Royal Logistic Corps, the Royal Pioneer Association still runs and does valuable work with the financial help of the Army Benevolent Fund. Its main work is the relief of "need, hardship and distress" of ex-Pioneers, their wives, widows, and dependants.

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