Ken Nicholson Border Regiment 1952-54

17 Oct

Hello, my name is Ken Nicholson. I was brought up in Maryport Cumbria. In 1952 I was called up to do my National service with 1st Battalion Border Regiment which is a Cumbrian Regiment. When, my training at Carlisle Castle was finished. I was posted to the regiment in the Suez Canal Zone, Egypt from 1952-4. While in Egypt I was in a small detachment sent to Cyprus, because of the Greek earthquake in 1953. We had gone to guard the Governor’s summer residence in case of any problems. After a few weeks our detachment returned to active service in Egypt. We hadn’t been back long when all of (A) Company which I belonged to was sent back to Cyprus on earthquake relief. This was a complete godsend from the active service regime in Egypt. While stationed in Cyprus we were liberally plied with food and drink by the very friendly Greeks and Turks and we even got a bit of R and R in Nicosia. This went on for a few weeks until things were tightened up, because of the impending threat of Eoka terrorist activity. When (A) Company was eventually sent back to Egypt, it was back to doing guards in various places, manning roadblocks and frequently undertaking many long route marches and exercises in the hot sun. One of the most heartening memories I have ever been involved with, was on the approach to Falaise Camp. This camp looked like a real Beau Geste outpost. On the way back from a long route march with a load of other footsore and weary squaddies. We were straightened up, shouldered our arms and marched back into camp behind the Corps of Drums They had emerged from behind the sand dunes and they struck up our regiment tune “D’Ye ken John Peel. It certainly brought a spring into everyone’s step and a memory one can never forget. My national service came to an end when I was de-mobbed in1954 and I returned home to Cumbria.
Good luck and best wishes everyone
.Ken Nicholson, Maryport, Cumbria

5 Responses to “Ken Nicholson Border Regiment 1952-54”

  1. Janette Kairau (nee Wakefield) July 7, 2013 at 7:05 am #


    I have been reading through the many posts on this site that I too accidently stumbled across.

    My father was John Wakefield (died 1993) and he was in the Kings Own Border Regiment that later changed to the Kings Own Royal Border Regiment, from 1949-1968. I have traced some of his army life through photos with writing on them, but would love to know more.

    Dad was born in Egypt, as his father was stationed there at the time, but he was a Barrow-in-Furness boy. He also did his training at Deerbolot Camp, Barnard Castle (1950 per photo) and joined the Corps of Drums. He was at Failise Camp in Egypt in 1952 and wondered if he was 1 of the Corps of Drums that Ken Nicholson marched behind.

    He was also in Gottingem Germany and twice in Berlin. In 1956 he was part of the commissioning of the war cemetry at Monte Casino, Italy. I have 2 photos that were taken in the Cameroon, 1 at Santa Coffee and the other says on patrol at Mamfe (1961). I also know that we were in Bahrain in 1967 because my youngest sister was born there.

    Would love to hear from anybody who knew my dad to help me piece together his life in the army.

    Many Thanks


  2. Janette Kairau July 10, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    Thanks Alan will get a copy.


  3. John Moss August 1, 2017 at 2:08 pm #

    Thanks Ken, Yes I was in A Company at Falaise Camp, went to Cyprus for a few weeks, 1953, spent a week or so in Ismailia as town platoon


  4. David Kirkup August 3, 2017 at 9:30 am #


    I have been trying to get in touch with anybody who served with my Grandfather. He was called up to complete National Service and passed out in September 1952 into the 1st Battalion Border Regiment.

    His name was David Kirkup and was from Longtown. I remember an old story he told me about him in a plane crash heading to Egypt. Does anybody have any further information?




  5. John Wignall August 1, 2018 at 9:33 pm #

    Interested if anyone knew my dad Bob Wignall of Liverpool with the Border Regiment in Egypt and Cyprus like Ken.
    My email address iso

    Thank you.

    John Wignall

    John Wignall


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