website of the 99th Entry of Apprentices,
Royal Air Force Locking, Somerset
people are disappearing from email and the arrival of decent broadband
(a dream to some of us) means many people are changing their addresses
- can you please let
us know if you change or discontinue your email address?
Your name will fall off the email list
if it no longer works.
Site last modified
8th March 2019
(Mike Drinkwater new address)
There still are some 99ers missing. Have a look at 'Where
are they now?' and let us know if you can fill in any
Bob Storey is always looking to find missing 99ers.
Contact him here
in the first instance.
I'm sorry to tell you that Michael (Mick)
Calvert died recently - here's the email from his widow
Lynn; contact me for her email address.
"I am writing to inform you about the death
of my husband Michael Thomas Calvert. My name is Lynn
and I was his second wife but we had been married for
almost 40 years and had a son and a daughter.
Michael's health had been deteriorating lately but he
got much worse towards the end of January. He collapsed
at home knocked himself out and was taken by ambulance
to Frimley Park Hospital on January 31st.
He recovered a little in hospital and was able to chat
to me and read the newspaper but after a few days began
to get worse. We knew he had copd but one of his lungs
collapsed and his body started to shut down.
Michael died on February 8th, the funeral is at Aldershot
Crematorium Tuesday 5th March at 2.15pm. Unfortunately
in February their services are in demand and they were
I had suggested to Michael that he joined in reunions
but he said it was such a big intake he probably wouldn't
know anyone. Also he wasn't a person to keep in touch
with people once their paths had parted.
Probably about half way through Michael's service with
the RAF he retrained in computer hardware and then software
and was seconded to the Civil Aviation Authority at
West Drayton. On leaving the RAF he was offered a job
with them, he stayed in the same office just moving
his desk to the civilian side and then moving to Whiteley
when West Drayton finally shut down."
R.I.P. WingCo Elkington... Graham Hawkswell,
whilst changing his details, pointed out that Wing Commander
Elkington has died; see http://tinyurl.com/y9shm8qj
or as a downloadable
Terl Bryant: Passed away peacefully, surrounded
by his family, on 7th January 2018 aged 72 years. Much
loved husband, dad, father-in-law, grandad, brother,
brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and a friend to many.
A Thanksgiving Service will take place at All Saints'
Church, Stamford on Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 11.30am.
Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to
be shared between Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice and
Mutual Support (a charity assisting those with Multiple
Sclerosis) c/o Andrew Woodhouse Independent Funeral
Services, Stamford Tel: 01780 751719.
Fred Morgan passed away on December 4th 2017,
in Malta. The funeral was on December 6th at the Addolorata
Bob Storey has found some
1960s photos of Fred- they're on the 1961
/ 64 section of the Photos page.
has been hiding in Leeds but has come in from the cold,
he says - see Members
Pages for details ...
Terry Sullivan is back in the
UK, somewhere in deepest Dorset - see Members
Gate Guard Spitfire is now airborne as part
of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - see this
Frank Rawlins has found his signing-on papers
and the letter his parents received, setting out his
pay, for instance, which was quite startlingly low.
You can find them, as .pdf files, from
the Photo pages.
Development at the RAF Locking
Proposals for development at the old
RAF Locking site continue apace. On top of the housing
development currently underway, the latest is that the
proposed £50m Leisuredome development has received
the go-ahead from W-S-M planners.
The Leisuredome will feature a 201-metre
ski slope, 40-metre indoor climbing wall, indoor surfing
centre, sky-diving facility, children's centre, BMX
skateboard park, gymnasium and meeting facilities and
will be built on 12.7 acres of the old RAF Locking site
and is hoped to bring in 500,000 extra visitors to the
area and £369m each year.
For more details log on to www.lockingparklands.co.uk
and the 104th entry website.
Courtesy of the 104th Entry, who have
a terrific archivist, we have a copy of the Locking Review
of Autumn 1964 with an article on our own Passout.
a pdf copy click here ...
the 99th Entry at Locking
The two hundred and one freshly-scrubbed members
of the 99th. Entry of Royal Air Force Apprentices arrived, quaking
in their grubby civilian shoes, at No. 1 Radio School, RAF Locking,
near Weston-super-Mare, in September 1961. We were probably the
biggest entry of apprentice wireless and radar technicians at Locking.
One hundred and seventy-two of us passed-out three
years later, and through the intervening years we have dispersed
all over the world as far as Australia, New Zealans, South Africa
the Philippines, the U.S.A and Mexico - and, of course, Weston-super-Mare,
where there is still a thriving colony of Apprenti of various species
in their native habitat. Doncaster also seems to be a favourite
place to live, and there is a growing community in Spain.
To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the formation
of the 99th. a big reunion was held in September 2001 in Weston-super-Mare,
and another even bigger-one in 2004, at the Royal Hotel, Weston,
to commemorate Passing-Out.
A drive is still on to contact old friends, whether
they made it to pass-out or not - there are fond memories of and
frequent requests to find those who didn't stay with us until the
bitter end in July 1964. Largely through the efforts of Bob Storey
and Chris Horn we now have over a hundred and fifty names (Tony
Pugh was the Ninety-Ninth to turn up). The full list, with addresses,
is available in our secure area.
If you are a Ninety-Niner, possibly not known to us, who has just
browsed into the site, or if you simply haven't been given a password
because of a cock-up, you need to register
because the members-only personal pages can only be viewed using
a password. If for any reason you can't do this you can call Ken
Bowker on 01687 470268.
If you know of any ex-99th Entry Apprentices who
have not yet been contacted, then please
96th LOCKING APPRENTICES
You'll find their website at http://www.96thentrylocking.net
98th LOCKING APPRENTICES
Mike Rafferty runs the slick 98th website at http://www.98thlocking.co.uk
and can be contacted there.
100th LOCKING APPRENTICES
Tony Lindon runs the startling 100th website at http://100th-entry-locking.org.uk/
. You can contact him via the website.
103rd LOCKING APPRENTICES
Over at http://www.103rdlocking.org.uk
is the 103rd website.
104th LOCKING APPRENTICES (and the
demolition of Locking)
Pete Harry is building the 104th website at http://www.104thlocking.org.uk
and can be contacted via that site, which has some splendid and
historic photos of Locking being demolished.
99th HALTON APPRENTICES
At exactly the same time as we signed up, another much rowdier bunch
of 99th Apprentices joined at RAF Halton to learn different skills.
If you're an ex-Halton 99er, and you want to get in touch with them
again then click
here to go to the 99th Halton website.
ARE THEY NOW ?
99th Locking Apprentices have been mislaid.
Can YOU help to find them?
HERE to see a detailed list
from Bob Storey of the folk we're still looking for. Bob
used a BT CD-ROM of the UK, plus an endless supply of notepaper
and a very good relationship with RAF Innsworth.
Over the past couple of years Bob has put half his life into finding
us all, so if you can help, please check the list and rack your
brains to see if you can help in any way - a wife's name, a last
meeting, an RAF Station, whatever moves us forward. And it does
work - three of our recent new arrivals were just such 'finds'.
you know of anyone we need to know about, please encourage
them to email us.