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Not sure where this topic was 'housed' before.

Serge. Mike has told me that he has sent off your copy of my bio. If you would like an autographed photo on A5 format sent by email just let me have your preferred email address. I am usually sending a photograph of me at the launch signing a copy.

Tony Sirrell. Mike says he hasn't heard from you yet. Did you get the info that I sent? If not either send me an email on

alf.commons@gmail .com

or one through the PM's service on this forum.

Thanks to you both.




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RE: Biographies

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I was born on Thursday 9 September 1943 at 1140pm in 245 Torbay road Harrow Middx-my parents from North Notts (Worksop) had moved to London for work in 1936-father working at the GEC complex Wembley making radios for Spitfires (a reserved occupation) and mother in the laundry room at Hammersmith Hospital. We were bombed several times; mainly by flying bombs-targets were the GEC plant and railway sidings in the area. After the war was over and my sister was born -1946-we moved back to North Notts area/South Yorks area-Harworth, mining village in 1947. Schooling was at Harworth C of E Infants School and then to Bircotes Sec Modern.After passing for the local Grammer School in Retford but with only the pit,a shoe factory or Glass Bulbs Factory on offer for employment in the September of 1958 a just 15 yr old boy travelled to RAF Cosford to take the Boy Entrant 35th Entry entrance examination for the trade of Clerk Accounts. Along with 109 others I sat in a freezing cold hangar at a child -like desk and took the one hour plus exam. I was later ushered into a side room where an invigilator explained that I had passed the exam but all the Clerk accounts vacancies had been filled for the 35th entry-would I like to choose from my second/third choices (Chef or Radio Mech? I declined and was returned to my home in South Yorkshire to await instructions for the 36th entry. For a short while I worked as a Spindle Loader at SHAWS Wire works in Worksop until instructions/travel documents duly arrived and I travelled to RAF Hereford, Credenhill. I enlisted on a 12 year engagement on 20 Feb 1959 as a Boy Entrant U/T Clerk Accts.I was re-flighted to 37th entry,too much attention paid to local girls and not enough on exams! I finally passed out in Dec 1960 and posted to RAF Bawdsey on the east coast as the Airmans Pay accounts clerk. Too young to display my LAC badges (I was not aged 17 until 9 March 1961). I commenced work on 28 Dec 1960 dressed as a Boy Entrant until 09/03/61-the WRAF contingent just loved it!!( and so did I).

I soon became very frustrated with the mundane work of a clerk and remustered to the trade of RAF POLICE in the autumn of 61.After six months on the job training at Bawdsey(under the guidance of Sgt Dave Shields who on 16Feb 11)passed away) I was sent to the RAF Police School at Debden for a nine week trade only training course and on 1 Jun 1962 posted to RAF Honington as an LAC RAF Police (s), SAC/Act Cpl came a few months later in Sept 1962 at just 19 yrs of age I recall being very proud of myself.My role was with the QRA (Quick Reaction Aircraft), guarding these aircraft (fully loaded with nuclear weapons) waiting for the call to go!! Bomber command alerts were frequent and this tested the stations readiness for the ultimate deterrent reaction to any aggressor throughout the world,and the most testing period was of course during the week of 21-27 Oct 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. After almost two years at Honington I was posted to the far away place of ADEN..Steamer Point at first. I arrived in Aden in 17 March 1964 at RAF Khormaksar; it was midnight and still very, very hot-84 F degrees. I joined the RAF Steamer Point Station Police crew and we carried out routine policing and discipline duties throughout the camp and town area.Sgt Speakman, VC KOSB was also on the station at the HQMEC Public Relations Dept (Pte Speakman won his VC during the Korean War in 1951/52 fighting off a large number of Chinese machine gunners over many hours).We were called upon to assist with local taxi drivers when Speakman did not have enough ready cash to pay them after a night in town!!He was billeted in the Sgts Mess and worked out of the offices on Barrack Hill Steamer Point. He received his VC from the then new Queen, Queen Elizabeth II-her first investiture of such a medal. On 25 April 1964 the RADFAN campaign started and we were dispatched to various parts of the protectorate to provide armed protection for RAF Installations. I was posted to RAF SALT PANS-a RX aerial site just north of Khormaksar near to the Army camp of CHAMPION LINES. The area was snow white with salt in the sand and the area was divided into large acre pans with high sided walls around the edges. Sea water was pumped in using ancient windmills and as the water evaporated in the 52c degrees heat salt was left in the bottom which was collected and sold. If you fell on the sand it felt like rough sandpaper, cut into your skin-but you healed very quickly due to the amount of salt that had entered the wound whilst being injured. During my time there a Hunter Aircraft from Khormaksar- 8 Sqn -not sure -crash landed on the aerial farm after the pilot had ejected safely. The camp staff provided secure guarding-once the ADEN Cannon shells had ceased exploding!!!
After a short spell here I was sent-volunteered if I recall correctly-to the sister site up country near to Sheik Othman and next to the Federal Capital-Al Ittihad. It was called RAF HISWA (Al Hiswah) and was the TX aerial site consisting of some 200 250 aerials out in the bondu. The signals centre was staffed by 24 signal techies, aerials maintained by 4 Aerial riggers and the police protection team were four RAF Policemen (I was the JNCOic) - I recall my colleagues as Tom Crawford/Jeff Parker/Norman Bland plus four/six RAF CHOWKIDARS- local national auxiliary staff to carry out the gate guards and provide look out facilities for the duty staff.
I remained at HISWA for the next 16 months before being returned to Blighty on 17 March 1966 very grateful to have survived my first encounter with terrorists, attacks by small arms/machine guns, grenades, mark 7 tank mines and RPG 7 rockets. I returned home aged just over 22 yrs having gaining my first two Campaign service medals. A grateful man got married for the first time-on 21 May 1966 at St Mary the Virgin Church, Ross on Wye-divorced in 1979 and re-married in 1981 after having two children,a boy and a girl.
My RAF career went on from strength to strength with service seen at Faldingworth Lincs (In 1999 I featured in a BBC Look North Film called Secrets of the Bomb, a documentary about the RAF Nuclear Deterrent and those involved in the era -a copy of the film I still have in my possession),Cyprus, Northern Ireland /Aldergrove (1970-75,terrorist area AGAIN!),Stanbridge,Northolt,Rudloe Manor,Stanmore Park,Careers Information Office ILFORD (3 yr tour) and finally to P and SS Northern Region-RAF Newton as Test and Surveys -Team Leader. I had many detachments to place like Bermuda, Canada,USA,Gander,Kenya Azores,Maarstrict,Germany,Malta,Khartoum and all over the UK and Isles.
I hold three campaign service medals-RADFAN,SOUTH ARABIA,NORTHERN IRELAND, the 1977 Queens Silver Jubilee medal I was at the Queens Silver Jubilee Royal review at RAF Finningley in Jul 1977 with many others like John Walton, Ken Jeavons, Paul Leeds ,the ACSM-Accumulated Campaign Service Medal(five years continuous NI service) and the LS&GCM-RAF.

After nearly 25 yrs service I retired to pension on 9 Sep 1983 (I was originally due out on 9 Sept 1998-but my then wife had cancer and I PVRd to care for her and set up a retail business in the village of Bottesford Notts.)
From 1983 I held various civilian security management appointments in retail security(Richard Bransons Virgin Megastores and Gateways) and distribution security in addition to my own retail business- before finally joining the UK University Sector as Head of University Security Depts-first at Nottingham Trent University,(my second wife died whilst I was serving here) then at the University of READING(looking after the security of a member of the Binladen family)and finally at the University of BRISTOL-( I married again whilst at Reading) retiring for the second time from Bristol on 31 Jul 2005.I oversaw the complex security arrangements at all three Universities involving members of the Royal family, cabinet ministers,Lords and Knights of the Realm , sons of Prime Ministers and sons of prominent overseas persons.

I was appointed as one of Her Majestys Justices of the Peace for the Royal Berkshire Commission on 19 May 2000- I have sat on the Magistrates and Crown Court benches in North Somerset, Weston super Mare,Flax Bourton, Royal Berkshire, in the City of Bristol, towns in Somerset and the Crown and Magistrate Courts in Doncaster/Sheffield dealing with adult defendants.
What makes a good judge or magistrate I am often asked Maimonides, author of the Code of Jewish Law, chronicled ethical rather than intellectual qualities as the characteristics of a good judge: he proclaimed that wisdom, humility, fear of God, disdain of money, love of truth. Love of ones fellow men and a good reputation were the essentials of the judge/magistrate.
Now, Im hardly an intellectual, but, I have been from time to time invited to a give a guest talk to groups in the community and was on one occasion introduced to the resident judge at the local criminal court. It was quite normal for judges to be intimately involved with their local university and he was a regular visitor as a guest speaker. I regularly visited the Law School at the University of Reading- where I was Head of Security and it was so encouraging to see the diversity of students reading law there. They were the lawyers who will appear before me and my colleagues tomorrow and the potential judges of the future. Whilst some topics are tricky for open discussion, I have to say that the law I learnt some years ago seems to have so much more colour to it with the added layers of years of experience and dare I say, a new meaning and relevance this time round. It is also a humbling privilege to play a small part in their legal education and another opportunity to listen and stay in touch. I and all my colleagues all bring our different backgrounds and experiences to enrich the judiciary, mine a mix of publicly funded crime fighting from the streets of the service world with a sprinkle of humble academia experience in the University sector ; but I know only too well that office is more than just the decisions I make in court. I do not suggest that I have to try or experience something to understand it; indeed, there are many experiences I would much rather avoid but having been there or seen it through a different pair of eyes can only enrich my perspective and help deal with the challenges of a rapidly changing society.
During my working life I qualified for the following institutes : MIISecM,MISM,MILM,MEPS,MCMI,MBIFM either by examination or time served experience and management courses attended and passed.

I was admitted as a FREEMAN of the City of London on 1 Feb 2002 ( previous Ex RAF Policeman to be made Freemen are Keith Christian and Lord Peter Imbert (Ex Cmr Met Police) after being nominated by my Guild-the Guild of Security Professionals. On 23 Jun 2007 I was installed as a full member of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London. Both these were very proud occasions for me and my close family. It has been a very pleasing, rewarding and interesting fifty + years serving others in the UK, abroad and within the local communities. I am most grateful for all the opportunities so to do. Recent research has revealed that my family has been in armed forces service from 1877 right through to 1983. Starting with Pte Richard Treverton G coy 2/24th Foot (My GGG Granddad) who was killed at the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 Jan 1879-the morning of the Rorkes Drift Victory, Grandad Pte Bert Millership RAMC WW1, Step father Sgt W Rolnik Polish Army attached to the British Army WWII in Italy (Saleno and Monte Cassino) and myself 1959-83.Over a century of service to the crown and I am now the proud custodian of all the medals awarded to those persons.
None of my experiences could have been achieved without the training, grounding and adventures whilst serving as a Boy Entrant and RAF Policemen for all those years and in all those places with all that array of people from many walks of life. Peeling away the veneer of many work sectors will reveal the evidence of an ex Boy Entrant in there somewhere or that the security department will have in it an ex RAF Policeman or woman either at its head or very near the top. I for one am most grateful for having served under the mottos of TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS,LET JUSTICE BE DONE and REACH FOR THE STARS for having met so many extraordinary people some of whom I still count as friends after over half a century of passing time. I am what the training/ trade/branch made me and grateful for it.

2012 saw me 'retiring' for the third time from gainful employment I.e. from the Judicial Bench and transferring to the Supplemental Justice List.I shall miss the immense privilege and humbling responsibility of being able to serve the Crown,country and community proudly and,I hope, justly. Last year I thankfully celebrate my seventieth Christmas with family and friends though many we're celebrated alone and far from home at various stages of my three score yrs and ten biblical allocation of time here.I do hope you all enjoyed a similar time with your friends and family and that you also enjoyed reading my brief summary of my life to date.

Alan F Millership,JP,FoCoL.
Ex 36/37 Clk Accts Hereford




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