My name is Brian Tipper (TIP). I am looking for my old comrades who I was with on Christmas Island.

We were the advance party of 20 squadron 36 C.E.R. Royal Engineers from Invicta Lines Maidstone, flying to the island in July 1958. We were to take part in “Operation Grapple” (Bomb tests) and returning to Invicta Lines in July 1959. 

Some of the men I am looking for (I can’t remember their full names) are Mick Baker who lived in Maidstone, Ginger Merry and Spindley Hindley who came from Leicestershire. Swiftly Swift from Stone. Lanky Len from the West Country. Duckworth from Banstead in Surrey. Jack Findley and George Pirie from Fraserborough. Pete Marshall from Bridlington. John from Wigan. Brummy short dark haired chap. Taffy from Cardiff who was a rugby player, and many others who may have served with me.

I took my wife to the BNTVA AGM at Chateau Impney, Worcester last year in 2019. It was my first attendance where I hoped to find some of my old comrades but sadly found none.

If you are a relation to any of the people I have mentioned or anybody who knows me, please get in touch with me as there are so many who might have passed away, and it would be great to chat to you about them.

Yours Sincerely Brian Tipper 

AboveBrian Tipper Christmas Island, January 1958 – 1959
Left to right: Len Duckworth, Ginger Merry, Spindley Hindley, Unknown, Jock Findley, Mick Baker

Brian Tipper - January 1959

AboveBrian Tipper Christmas Island, January 1959
Left to right: Spindley Hindley, Unknown, Duckworth Driver

Tar Barrel Christmas Island
The “Starmix Machine” through an empty tar barrel
Christmas Island Sign
Christmas Island sign

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PO Box 8244
Castle Donington

DE74 2BY