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Geoff  Royle
28 July 1935 - t.b.a.

Ancestry~DNA~update 17 Sep 2018
97% [British Isles & Northern Europe] plus 3% [Norway]
( Could the 3% be the contribution of one of my 32 great.g.g.grandparents :)

Clock displays Universal Time = Greenwich Time, i.e. no daylight saving

" Know thine hours, but waste them not ! "

Born in the home of my maternal grandmother at 25 Bosworth St, Openshaw, Manchester [M11 3AW] she delivered the baby and nipped out for ice creams etc. The house was demolished in 2009 as part of a redevelopment.
1935 Our family home in those days was 35 St. Margaret's Avenue, Burnage, Manchester [M19 1EL]

1936 Aug. The family moved to 21 Broadstone Rd, Stockport, to take over a beer-shop, the Long Pull, previously managed by paternal grandfather until his death. My grandfather's funeral happened to be on my 1st birthday.
1939  My brother Barrie was born.
1939 - 1945 WWII, and my Dad went into the R.A.F.
1940 September  This was the time of The Battle of Britain, and also Geoff's first days in school at Longford Road, Reddish, Stockport. There were air-raid drills, and gas-masks for children and staff from day-one !  Apparently diving under the desks would have protected us from the bombers.
1946/spring Due to a fall on broken glass while playing, I suffered a serious injury to my writing-hand.  An artery and tendons  were severed. I wish I could go back in time to Stockport Infirmary and thank those good people who eventually repaired the damage. I remember I was treated at the time with M&B antibacterial tablets, forerunners of what we now recognise as antibiotics which were a godsend for war wounded.
1948  My brother Philip was born.
1949 - 1952 Attended Stockport Technical School as an "engineer". Students chose to specialise either as builders or engineers and were streamed accordingly.
1952 - 1958  Enrolled as an apprentice draughtsman at Craven Brothers (Manchester) Ltd.  We built very large machines for metal cutting/and grinding.  Those six years included certification in mechanical engineering at Stockport College. In those days the closest we got to a degree/cap-and-gown, or even a 'reference' was advice from the management to "Just tell 'em where you're from lad !"

Aug 1958 - Aug 1960  
Two years National Service in the Royal Air Force.


 RAF Locking badge

No.1 Radio School
Locking, Somerset

I was trained to service ground based radars such as 'beam-approach'
which assisted pilots when about to land, forerunner of ILS.
Those 'radars' were namely : Eureka; Babs; and Tacan
Digressing for a moment, it pleases me to know that the 
'Detection and Location of Aircraft by Radio Methods'
was first considered by the Air Ministry in February 1935,
the year I was born.
[ BOFFIN, p.7, by Robert Hanbury Brown FRS. ISBN: 9781 9101 9317 4 ]


Postings to :-  
R.A.F. Locking (No.1 Radio School); R.A.F. Middleton St. George, Darlington (Fighter station);  
 R.A.F. Chaplains School (Anglican), Dowdeswell Court, Cheltenham.

My posting to R.A.F. Locking was a much appreciated privilege and I am  beginning
to think that someone in the recruitment process had joined the dots.
i.e. upon mandatory registration for National Service my choice of service
though not guaranteed, was the R.A.F.

Here is another airman's account of his time at R.A.F. Locking.

1959 Oct 17  Dorothy and I were married at Reddish Green Church, Broadstone Road, Reddish, Stockport.
1962 & 1965  Our sons John and Tony were born.
1976 Apr 30 Licensed as a Radio Amateur, callsign : G4FAS (the G = England, U.K.)  On radio frequencies up to 29.7 MHz (10 metres wavelength) I met many other 'radio-hams' in over 100 countries, communicating mainly in Morse code.
1961 - 1993   Employed by the A.V.Roe company, Woodford, Cheshire as a design draughtsman, stayed there until retiring as a principal design engineer.  Was involved in the construction, modification and restoration of many types of aircraft, e.g. Anson [G-AHKX]; Shackleton; Vulcan; 748/ATP; Nimrod; Victor [ex Handley Page]; VC10 [ex Vickers].  Over the years the company name went through a number of transformations. As a design; assembly; and flight test facility, the Woodford site closed on Friday 28th of October 2011.

Vulcan XM606 over Fylingdales

Vulcan XM606 over Fylingdales, Yorkshire

1996 - 2000   Constructed a radio telescope to detect and record deep-space objects, e.g.  Cygnus A; M1 the Crab Nebula; M87 Virgo 'A'; and Cassiopeia 'A'. The project was a wonderland of imagination; history; astronomy; general science; and handicraft.
For me alone perhaps, an ideal retirement project.
Chart trace of Cygnus A semi-diurnal interference
Graphical output captured nocturnally during six hours
as radio 'foghorn' Cygnus 'A' slipped steadily westwards.

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A few weeks prior the above 'last' flight I had retired on September 30th and it so happened that a farewell tour of Britain by XH 672 had been arranged for the same day - - -  so together with many friends and collegues I enjoyed a spectacular fly-past of Woodford as the plane skimmed low across the Cheshire countryside. It was good to imagine that 'someone up there’ knew I was retiring on that sunny day.

For reference : In 1962 Bob McIntyre was seriously injured during a race at Oulton Park, Cheshire.  He died 9 days later at a hospital in Chester.  R.I.P.

NOTICES (w.i.p.)

©  British Aerospace plc 1982 (Woodford)

©  British Aerospace plc 1982
Humphrey (dark jacket) under pressure at Woodford during the Falklands crisis as he
ponders the task of installing a flight refuelling HDU under the tail of a Vulcan.

©  2008 - 2018  GEOFF  ROYLE  G4FAS