This afternoon the three last National Service men in the Middle East left a hot and sticky Bahrain bound for Blighty, Beer and beauty.
M.S. Group shot Sapper Reid and friends.
Enters Sgt Major with plaque. Presents and shakes hands.
M.C.U. Grp. Cpt. Sanderson (O.B.E. A.F.C.) handshakes
S.A.C. Wood (specs,) and S.A.C. Hall in mock up. Both exit up accommodation stair, waiving at top but wrong stair.
Re-shot later at proper end of plane. Sapper Reid being chaired to 'plane. Mounts (wrong stairs) and waves plaque.
The rest of the roll is normal newsreel..... a few handshakes, the boys mounting the stairway to home, a few cheerio waves. No shot of take off.
Reid. Aberdeen Wood (with glasses) Devon. Hall. Northumberland.
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Background: This afternoon the three last National Service men in the Middle East left a hot and sticky Bahrain bound for Blighty, Beer and beauty. One, at least is determined to return to the Gulf...but preferably in a Governmental job. Sapper Reid, last of the N.S. Men serving in the Gulf was presented (in the absence of his C.O. who was away,) with the Squadron Plaque by Sqn Sgt Maj Hide R.E. He was later chaired to the plane but this was a hit of a shambles as they took him to the wrong "entrance". A similar mistake was made when Station Commander R.A.F. (Muharraq,)...Group Capt T.D. Sanderson shook hands and wished fair flight to his last remaining N.S. Raftypes. The shots at the end of the roll are more sincere and more in keeping. I think.