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RAF Elvington

Colour Hebden and I arrived late Friday afternoon and between us managed to set up the dining shelter with a bit of a struggle. A little later CPL Lycett arrived with the 14 man tent and between the three of us we managed to put that up as well. A little later still PTE and ATS Clewlow arrived with their white bell tent. The NAAFI was not open which was a bit of a shame but we spent a pleasant evening nevertheless catching up on news. 

It rained quite heavily during the night but we stayed warm and dry with just three of us in the 14 man tent.

After a massive 'full English' in the NAAFI courtesy of the museum we were on duty by 10.00 performing our duties as gate guards and perimeter defence. By this time PTE Shellcock had arrived and we took in turns on duty with each of us being relieved every half hour. The weather gradually brightened up as the day wore on and the afternoon was particularly pleasant. Many photos were taken of us as we marched on and off our stints at the gate. Saturday evening turned damp pretty quickly and it rained very heavily all through the night. Fortunately the NAAFI was open and we took advantage of the bar, just to take shelter of course!

Sunday morning dawned cool and damp but again it gradually brightened up and the afternoon was very warm indeed. Our day was much the same as Saturday including another massive breakfast though CPL Lycett & PTE Shellcock had departed. They were replaced by PTE Sprague. Whilst we had not intended our little encampment to be a display and merely be our sleeping accommodation and rest area, our habit of not fencing ourselves off paid dividends in that it encouraged visitors to talk to us and ask questions. I spent most of Sunday afternoon giving lectures and demonstrations on the Lee Enfield No .4 MK I and the MKII STEN!

As things wound down towards the end of the afternoon some of us had the privilege of having a guided tour around the Halifax Bomber which had been taken out of its hanger and parked outside. Whilst it looks huge and imposing on the outside, there is very little space on the inside and I am now even more impressed with the achievements of the brave men of bomber command.

Whilst we were small in numbers there were just enough of us to manage and overall it was a very pleasant weekend. I think the museum were happy with our contribution to their event.

Private Dale Heaton.

St George's Day Parade, Morley

Report by CPL Heaton 

As PTE Heaton and I packed the car, the morning was a fresh crisp spring one, the sun was shining and it looked like it was going to be a nice day. 

We arrived in Morley to find C/SGT Hebden and CPL Lycett already waiting, with the dining shelter out. After 5 mins the shelter was up and PTE Dixon with PTE Hallett arrived. 10 mins later we were set up and waiting for the public. 

At 11.30 the Parade arrived, and brought with it, the rain! Former East York’s member Kevin Morley leading the parade as St. George on horseback. The public descended and with us being right next to the entrance we had lots of interest all day. 

Before long it was 
4.pm and time for the ending battle, we packed up and watched it from our shelter. 

A very nice a local first event for us. Just what you need to blow the dust off the webbing and BD. 

Pte Heaton on tea duties

Personal Kit Display

Infantry Weapons Display

Cpl Lycetts Jeep

Early Morning Sun

Pte Dixon explaining the Bren 

Pickering 1940s

The final event of the year with the group based in the castle grounds and use of the education room. Friday saw the arrival of Sgt Hebden, Pte Cooper, Cpl Heaton, Pte Eaton and Pte Pozniak.

It was usually mild for the time of the year and a pleasant time was had in some of the water holes of the town. 

Saturday morning and still mild when Pte Roberts, ATS Mellor, Pte Etherington, Pte Sprague and Cpl Lycett turned up with ATS Dennis in support. The training scenario involved not one but two snipers with Pte Cooper's Oscar deserving casualty performance stealing the show! 

Saturday evening and those still around stepped out in various outfits conversing with familiar faces and friendly locals. 

Sunday and the temperature still in the high teens with the addition of Pte Shellcock, the group went through the same routine of welcoming visitors and reenacting and a new addition, the Key Parade for Pickering Castle. Nice to see the same young faces who make a point of visiting us every year. We must make a good impression. It was a really enjoyable and successful event that concludes the 2017 season.  

Pte Glen Cooper 

Victory Show 8-10 Sept 2017

Hi folks, it's been asked of me to write a few lines on the Victory show, so this is a Grandads point of view!

It's been on the cards for a few months that several groups would join together for this event and show British 3rd Division 44'45 in their glory. Luckily for us no re-badging involved. 

So, I arrived on Friday, all excited for my first event of the year. Some lads already in and others arriving throughout the day. Numbers were well up for the East Yorks as everyone was expecting it to be a good show. 

We all messed around with the trenches a bit and soon realised the organisers had given us only half the area needed....a great shame. It turned out we would field around 50 men between the groups. 

The atmosphere was good and moral very high. It was decided by the big wigs we would alternate sections to the pits, one hour on and two off. So on Saturday and Sunday this is what happened and it worked very well. 

The weather was only 'OK'...... On the Saturday morning the show announced cancellation of the air display due to weather conditions. This was very disappointing for us but more so for Joe Public who were, it appears, charged full whack. This affected the footfall no doubt, as much as the bad weather forecast. 

 We all thought the public were thinner on the ground this year as was armour and some other groups were missing. Made obvious by large gaps in the display field which we could have used well if we'd been given some more space. 

Many of us have attended other events with very few Brits so it was great to see this turned around at this event and have a big contingent of Brits. I felt very proud. 

I feel because we do it right more and more people see this and are coming our way, which is great. 

It was really nice to see so many old faces and with such a good turnout we were able to fill positions we often can't due to numbers. So special thanks should go to these men; Phil, Dave, Al, Bob and more - great to see you. Nice to see Chris Bell all the way from Canada and the Tigers who have been in this show since the start. 

The battle went well for us again both days. Well commanded sections working together and doing it right. I watched the battle myself on Sunday and I thought it would be rubbish but you know what, guys it was really good. Even though, the organiser had thrown in a Rambo that no one knew about! Cpl Heaton handled this very well indeed. 

Generally the feeling was that we had all enjoyed ourselves. We did a good representation. We handled the events problems well. We were pleased to work with other units. 

For us, it all worked and went well. Thanks to all concerned;
East Yorks 
Officers and NCOs
And if I missed anyone I'm really sorry. 

I hope we can repeat this someday 

Pte Etherington 

York Army Museum Military Memorabilia Road Show

The East Yorkshire Living History Group maintains close links with the York Army Museum and over the years we have supported them at a number of their events in the heart of York. These events are always very rewarding, with large numbers of people who might never visit a living history event interacting with the group. On Saturday 12th August, whilst most of the group were representing the regiment at Spetchley, myself and Pte Dixon set up a small weapons and kit display outside the main entrance of the museum in conjunction with their Military Memorabilia Roadshow. This free event encouraged people to bring in their military objects for appraisal by experts, with free entry to the museum, we were there to add an extra dimension to the day and help draw visitors into the museum itself.

As expected the day was a busy one, people were coming up to us as we were setting up and a full hour before the roadshow was due to start. The day was thoroughly enjoyable with many interesting questions posed by the public, as well as many ex-servicemen and women stopping by for a chat a chance to reminisce- some common themes came out: they all loved the Bren and hated the Sten! The highlights of the day included one gentleman who had brought an original D-Day invasion jerkin that he allowed Pte Dixon to model, to those of us who are ‘kit anoraks’ this was a rare opportunity to examine something most will only see in replica form.

However for me the memory that will stay with me for many years to come was the chance to speak to a veteran from the 2nd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment who had been amongst the first wave to land on D-Day. This gentleman, now 94, had joined the regiment at 14 in 1938 and served throughout the war. He had brought with him a folder containing copies of the War Diaries relating to D-Day and a map of the invasion, it was very humbling to hear him explain what had actually happened and to point to the route inland he took on the map. These sort of opportunities are rare indeed today with so few veterans left alive so it was a very special half hour.

The day ended around 4pm and the museum had reported that an unprecedented number of visitors had been inside, we certainly saw a lot of people at our display. These events are a great opportunity to bring a small piece of our history to life and to reach an audience who would never normally take an interest in the Second World War, indeed one young American couple stayed and chatted for over forty minutes and we seemed very popular with a number of Chinese tourists!

Plus we received a piece in the local newspaper! read it here

PTE Hallett