Friday the thirteenth was not a lucky day for the Minister of Defence, Mr. Duncan?
Friday the thirteenth was not a lucky day for the Minister of Defence, Mr. Duncan Sandys. He was due to visit the 61st Field Regiment at Tidworth near Andover this morning by helicopter. Because of the weather he had to come from London by road but his car broke down at Basingstoke. Mr. Sandys inspected a guard of honour when he finally arrived. He got a taxi to Andover and came on in a staff car sent to meet him by the G.O.C.inc. Souther Command, General Sir George Irskine. About an hour late Mr. Sandys had come to see the modernised barracks. He saw the bedrooms and the bedlights in these up to date billets. Then he went to see the units newly equipped kitchen. After lunch he went to the gun park of the School of Artillery, where he was shown the full range of conventional artillery as well as infantry weapons from the School of Infantry at Warminster. The he visited the guided weapons wing where he saw personnel being trained on the CORPORAL missile. He was given a demonstration of the highly combustible nature of the Corporal's liquid propel.