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Growing up in Aldershot 

 March 24, 2011

By  NickLitten

Aldershot, the home of the British Army

Like all Army Brats, I grew up in this town. I was born in the Cambridge Military Hospital and called Aldershot home even though we moved around a lot with the military: wherever my Dad was posted with 1 Para – we would move there for a year or so, then cycle back to Aldershot.

Schools were Talavera Infants, Beaumont Middle and Heron Wood.

Home was in the old Military housing complexes, Willems Park (which used to be near Asda is now) and then Talavera Park (at the top of Barnard Way – the most epic death defying skateboard run down into a busy road LOL)

Willems Park block was army married quarters on Wellington Avenue. It was built about 1964 and demolished in the 1990s, to be replaced by houses again used as married quarters. It was built on the parade grounds of the old cavalry barracks.

Growing up in Aldershot 1

By God those housing complexes were grim, but as a kid we had great fun knocking on doors and seeing how far the angry squaddies would chase us when we ran away šŸ˜‰

The official ALDERSHOT SHOWREEL displays a much glossier version of Aldershot than I remember. PS: It’s nicknamed Aldershit for a reason šŸ˜‰

Thanks for the memory jogger šŸ™‚

NickLitten


IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Shameless Trekkie, Belligerent Nerd, Englishman Abroad and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and remember: If at first you don't succeed then skydiving probably isn't a hobby you should look into.

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