Date added: 5 Aug 2009
The group photograph shows Bob Melson, rear row, second from left. It is of 'Spider'2, room 5 at 'A' Sqn, No. 3 TRRE, Morval Barracks, Cove, Farnborough. Date, October 1954 to February 1955. November 1955 posted to Cyprus as a Driver / Wireless Operator with 37 Field Squadron, RE.
Also shown is Brian Morum (see memorial), centre row, third from right, also Driver / Wireless Operator, same posting.
Contributed by Norman Nicholson, front row, second from left, also Driver / Wirelss Operator, same posting.
Date added: 30 Aug 2016
I was searching the internet for memories of serving in 37 Field Squadron, R.E., in Cyprus in '55-'56, when I came across this page. I was a 2nd.Lt. and was riding in the champ sitting next to Sapper Robert Melson when we were ambushed in the Trodoos Mountains whilst returning from a visit to Capt. Jimmy Nobbs, whose Company was building a radar station. A group suddenly appeared on top of a small hill at the side of a bend in the road. One individual, maybe more, fired a machine gun and hit Robert Melson who was killed instantly. The champ veered off the road and plunged down a steep embankment. Sapper Sawyer and myself were uninjured and managed to reach the road some distance away and we hitched a ride to a nearby commando unit with an army medical major who happened along the road at a fortuitous time.
Sapper Melson was a fine young man and his death cast a sad shadow across the squadron. Unfortunately we lost two more members before returning to Maidstone in the spring of 1956.