The SCLI arrived in Gibraltar in August 1961
aboard the Troopship MV. Devonshire, the bulk of the battalion
was housed in South Barracks with HQ Company up at Europa Point.
Both barracks has terrific views over The Straits, the houses
around the northern side of the Europa Parade ground were mostly
officer's married quarters and had a magnificent view straight
out across the Strait of Gibraltar with Morroco and Atlas Mountains
in the distance.
The posting was very much a 'spit and polish posting' as being
the Garrison Infantry Battalion you were on show the whole time.
Lt.Col. W. Hine-Haycock (April 1960 - September
1962) commanded the battalion for much of the period of this
posting and in September 1962 went to Staff College, he was
replaced by, Lt.Col. J.T.C. Howard MC.
Ceremonial duties included the Ceremony of the
Keys, Mounting the guard at the Governor's residence and Mounting
the guard at the Border point with Spain, this included a perimeter
During this period the battalion was expected
to provide a company strength party to be posted to RAF El Adem
in Libya, (more of that later).
One or two SCLI members worked part time on The
El Adem Radio Service, known to all as TEARS during our
stint in 1963, it still has an interesting website. Peter Vile
and John Pover are mentioned on the site.