Cyprus – Finding Friends

By Margaret Sheard

I have written in the past about the reminiscences of a British ex-serviceman who spent most of his National Service in Cyprus. Many friends were made and still keep in contact but there are those who have lost touch and would like to renew contact even though a great number of years later.

The story I wrote in April 2013 about Derek Chilvers has had a huge number of reads and this generated a more recent story about Fingers the Goat, a baby goat found on Five Finger Mountain in Cyprus which became the Company’s mascot.   The links to both these articles are shown below.

This article, however, is about Finding Friends and we have received a request via Derek Chilvers from one of the lads,Band Chris Veness, who Derek has kept in touch with over the years. Chris would like to try and locate “Russie”, whose surname he cannot remember but he has given the following information in the hope that someone, or even Russie himself, will be able to help.

Russie was Lt Orr’s batman in C Company and his tent was the last one in the line set back near the camp Shop. He lived in Ipswich and must have come in around October 1957 at Gibraltar Barracks, Bury St Edmonds. He was working in the stores in Bury and was giving out all our stuff when I first met him in December 1957.Minden Day 2011

Chris formed a rock band in Cyprus and is trying to contact Russie who is shown in the photograph, he is the guitarist in the centre of the picture. N.S 6 UK Bar, Nicosia, Cyprus 1958.

Does anyone recognise Russie or indeed any of the other band members. If so please make contact with Chris on his email address I am sure he will be delighted to hear from you.

I am also including a more recent photograph taken at the 2011 Minden Day in Bury which shows Chris in the centre.

Links to previous articles

British Army Memories in Cyprus 1958/59   click here 

Fingers the Goat  click here