28th January 1930 Ted Mitchell
27th January 1930 Pete Christopher
24th January 1930 Pete Lawrence
4th January 1930 Ray Belsham


28th March 1928 Len Weston
8th June 1928 Slim Pocock
31st July 1928 Ginge Britten
2nd August 1928 John McLaren
29th August 1928 Tom McHarry
22nd September 1928 Taff Denham
22nd September 1928 Junior Roots


Neil Hull 14th June 1993
47 years, 9 months, 21 days.
Taff John 9th October 1992
47 years, 1 month, 21 days
Bob Kelly 1st June 1989
43 years, 9 months, 7 days
Don Ellis 25th November 1988
43 years, 3 months, 3 days


Beaky Leach & Twilly Wilson Lytham St Annes Grammar School
Del Harris & Eric Rowley Walker Technical College at Oakengates
Slim Pocock & Vic Parker Collyers School at Horsham
John Jones, Johnny Allen & Peter Fox Paston Grammar School at North Walsham
Jimmy Middleton & Jock Cook Alford School near Aberdeen
Jimmy Manington,Vic Fairbrother & Len Atkinson Chatham Technical School
Dinger Bell & Ray Belsham Tiptree C of E School & Colchester Tech College
Sandy Sanders & Bill Horrobin Heles School at Exeter
Bob Kelly, Taff John, Tommy Tucker & Barney Barnikel Pembroke Dock County Grammar School
Ken Savage, Vic Nodder & Al Richardson Sheerness Technical School
Bill Clay & Eric Beale Eastcote Lane Elementary School at South Harrow
Taff Bainton & Dave Williams Abertillery Primary & County School
Peter Blackman & Percy Patient Leiston County Secondary School, Suffolk
Robbie Roberts & Roy Studart King George V1 School, Stourbridge
Jim Dowdell and Ivor Lee Bishop Wordsworth School, Salisbury


Peter Blackman Bateau Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Stan Downton Oceanside, California, USA
Lofty Foreman Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
Eric Mold Vancouver, BC, Canada
Percy Patient Louvigne du Desert, France
Jack Smith Montmorency, Victoria, Australia
Frank Solomon Greensborough, Victoria, Australia


Following discussions at the 1994 Reunion as to who did the most days jankers at Halton, Narcy Burford came up with 109 days, but this was put in the shade by the 151 days, plus a ‘few’ inside, by Del Harris. So Del took the dubious honour of being our worst ‘criminal’.and when he was on jankers, and was also the Duty Trumpeter responsible for sounding ‘Reveille’ and ‘Lights Out’, he made the ‘calls’ from his Barrack Room window! At the same time, it was also established that Ken Savage was the first in the Entry to be awarded jankers and the punishment took place over the Battle of Britain weekend, when there were civilians visiting RAF Halton. While being marched from No.1 Wing to No.2 Wing cookhouse, the Cpl i/c enjoyed giving orders in a loud voice prefixed by “Defaulters”. However, Del Harris, our reputably longest serving janker wallah, recently went on holiday to Tenerife and called on fellow 51st colleague, Roy Studart, who now resides there. During conversation, the subject of jankers came up and it transpired that Roy was a seasoned janker wallah himself. Roy cannot recall the exact number of ‘days’ that he did, but he thinks it was around the 120 mark. He also said that he did two lots of 28 days, plus sundry other days, in the ‘mush’. ‘Mush’ was the punishment for crimes that were more serious than those given for jankers, in that one ‘resided’ in a guardroom cell for the duration of the punishment under the watchful eye of the Snoops, and went to Schools and Workshops under escort. As neither of them kept a Log Book of their punishments, we have decided that from their confessions, we consider that both were as bad as each other, so they tie for first place, with Narcy Burford relegated to third place – unless someone out there knows better!. However, if Chiefy Thomas has a ‘janker’ file tucked away in the attic, perhaps he can adjudicate for us and let us know who did the most ‘days’! ‘Jankers’ was the colloquial name given to the punishment for committing a minor offence in the eyes of the RAF during our training at Halton. We are not talking about serious offences such as murder, grievous bodily harm, drug dealing, burglary etc, but lesser crimes, such as dirty brass buttons, late on parade, caught wearing civilian clothes, untidy bedspace, room job not done properly, caught outside the Block after ‘lights out’ (at 21.30 hrs), absent from parade, smoking etc. If you were caught, then you were charged, marched in before the Squadron Commander and given 3, 7, 10 days (or whatever) CB (confined to barracks). The Apprentice receiving this punishment was called a ‘Janker Wallah’ and he would wear a White armband throughout his sentence. A day in the life of such a person, with reveille at 06.30 hrs, would be:-

06.30 hrsReveille

06.45 hrs Report to the Henderson Square in Best Blue for Roll Call

07.45 hrsReport to Henderson Square in Working Blue for Colour Hoisting parade

13.00 hrsReport to Henderson Square in Working Blue for Roll Call

17.45 hrsReport to Henderson Square in Best Blue for Colour Lowering parade

18.00 hrsKit Inspection (Lay out kit on own bed in barrack room)

19.00 hrsReport in Working Blue for fatigues - usually in cookhouse

20.00 hrsReport to Henderson Square in Best Blue for Roll Call

21.00 hrsReport to Henderson Square in Best Blue for Roll Call

21.30 hrsLights Out

Don Ellis 243583 Herbert Redvers Ellis
Mike Gill 243585 Clarence Southern Gill
Neil Hull 244139 George Henry Hull
Eric Beale 253856 Arthur John Beale

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