Call Up, The [Radio Wales]

Episodes

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Marching Orders And Basic Training2020071620200719 (RW)
20200717 (RW)
"The first thing they do is learn you how to march" recalls former National Serviceman Doug Clark from Cardiff. Between 1947 and 1963, when the last recruit finally left the services, thousands of young men in Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom were called up to do two years of National Service and endure the rituals of 'square-bashing' and kit inspections. Historian Phil Carradice speaks to some of the survivors of that experience, men who valiantly undertook noble tasks such as painting coal white, or scrubbed barrack-room floors, or learnt how to march as they underwent basic training in the army, the Royal Navy or the RAF.

The stories of the Welsh men affected by National Service, between 1947 and 1963.

Phil Carradice presents the testimonies of the Welsh men affected by National Service.

"The first thing they do is learn you how to march" recalls former National Serviceman Doug Clark from Cardiff. Between 1947 and 1963, when the last recruit finally left the services, thousands of young men in Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom were called up to do two years of National Service and endure the rituals of 'square-bashing' and kit inspections. Historian Phil Carradice speaks to some of the survivors of that experience, men who valiantly undertook noble tasks such as painting coal white, or scrubbed barrack-room floors, or learnt how to march as they underwent basic training in the army, the Royal Navy or the RAF.

The stories of the Welsh men affected by National Service, between 1947 and 1963.

Phil Carradice presents the testimonies of the Welsh men affected by National Service.

"The first thing they do is learn you how to march" recalls former National Serviceman Doug Clark from Cardiff. Between 1947 and 1963, when the last recruit finally left the services, thousands of young men in Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom were called up to do two years of National Service and endure the rituals of 'square-bashing' and kit inspections. Historian Phil Carradice speaks to some of the survivors of that experience, men who valiantly undertook noble tasks such as painting coal white, or scrubbed barrack-room floors, or learnt how to march as they underwent basic training in the army, the Royal Navy or the RAF.

The stories of the Welsh men affected by National Service, between 1947 and 1963.

Phil Carradice presents the testimonies of the Welsh men affected by National Service.

Postings2020072320200724 (RW)
20200726 (RW)
Cyprus, Hong Kong, Sutton Coldfield... once they had completed their basic training, National Service conscripts from villages in Wales could be posted to almost anywhere in the world, and could end up in areas of dangerous conflict. Or alternatively could end up in a humdrum office in the Midlands! Phil Carradice talks to some former National Servicemen in Wales, looking back on their two years of service at home and abroad.

Phil Carradice looks at the Welsh experience of National Service, between 1947 and 1963.

Phil Carradice presents the testimonies of the Welsh men affected by National Service.

Waiting For Demob Day20200730"Every day we'd move another day up on our calendar". For many young conscripts, two years seemed a desperately long time to sacrifice for the sake of Queen and country, and they longed for demob, the day when they would be released from their service. Some even created demob calendars, to note the passing of time. Historian Phil Carradice talks to veterans of National Service, as they recall some of their exploits on active service, before the fateful day arrived when they could return to civilian clothing and - all being well - their old jobs.

Phil Carradice looks at the Welsh experience of National Service between 1947 and 1963.

Phil Carradice presents the testimonies of the Welsh men affected by National Service.

Waiting For Demob Day2020073020200731 (RW)"Every day we'd move another day up on our calendar". For many young conscripts, two years seemed a desperately long time to sacrifice for the sake of Queen and country, and they longed for demob, the day when they would be released from their service. Some even created demob calendars, to note the passing of time. Historian Phil Carradice talks to veterans of National Service, as they recall some of their exploits on active service, before the fateful day arrived when they could return to civilian clothing and - all being well - their old jobs.

Phil Carradice looks at the Welsh experience of National Service between 1947 and 1963.

Phil Carradice presents the testimonies of the Welsh men affected by National Service.

Waiting For Demob Day2020073020200802 (RW)"Every day we'd move another day up on our calendar". For many young conscripts, two years seemed a desperately long time to sacrifice for the sake of Queen and country, and they longed for demob, the day when they would be released from their service. Some even created demob calendars, to note the passing of time. Historian Phil Carradice talks to veterans of National Service, as they recall some of their exploits on active service, before the fateful day arrived when they could return to civilian clothing and - all being well - their old jobs.

Phil Carradice looks at the Welsh experience of National Service between 1947 and 1963.

Phil Carradice presents the testimonies of the Welsh men affected by National Service.