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Southern Cameroons

Guardsman John Gibson

We were based at Tidworth Barracks Salisbury when we received instructions that we were being posted abroad, for the initial briefing the whole Battalion was marched to the Globe Cinema and sat down. The Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Fraser (pictured) stood up and said: “Adjutant, do we have a map?” The Adjutant replied: “Sir!” The stage curtains were pulled back and there was a map of Africa! A very clever piece of showmanship by the Commanding Officer. So then we knew we were off to Africa and, specifically, the British Cameroons. Dave Hill, Sergeant in Waiting for No. 2 Coy, said that when he mentioned the Cameroons the first time, he heard someone in his platoon say that he had never been to Scotland.