• Short Summary

    Eight British paratroops of the Territorial (Reserve) Army flew in by air with their Land Rover to Nairobi Kenya airport Aug 19 on the next stage of their year-long journey across the world.

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    Eight British paratroops of the Territorial (Reserve) Army flew in by air with their Land Rover to Nairobi Kenya airport Aug 19 on the next stage of their year-long journey across the world.

    The men - of the 12/13 Bat. Paratroop Regt. (Yorks. and Lancs.) - all single and with GBP225 each as capital set out for Australia from Britain last December. One of their patrons is Sir John Hunt, conqueror of Everest.

    They spent last Christmas in Iran, carried out parachuting as part of their annual exercises in Malaya and trained for jungle fighting and the art of survival in Singapore.

    When money ran short they returned to Australia and for three months dug iron ore in mines on Cockatoo Island, N. Australia - earning GBP2,800 to continue their world journey.

    By sea they landed at Aden August 8 - the day the general strike - and with no ships sailing for their next continent, Africa, found an R.A.F. transport aircraft to fly them to Nairobi. They plan to journey North to Gibraltar to return home by Christmas.

    The men are: Lawrence Lamont, aged 30, window cleaner from Manchester; John Devine, 21, apprentice shipwright, Liverpool; Peter Finn, 25, telephone engineer, Liverpool; Ron Fenton, 20, tool maker, Manchester; John Nelson, 22, miner Manchester; Stephen Fox, 25, management trainee, Heswell and Barry Bewster, 26, doctor, Leeds.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA159RYLUNOFRF2AIDS7JSYD23M
    Media URN:
    VLVA159RYLUNOFRF2AIDS7JSYD23M
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/08/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:37:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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