"Blare" 90th Field Coy RE Newspaper

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  1. MSGrover1

    MSGrover1 Member

    Hi,

    I posted this document as photos of bridges that my GDad kept in another thread but reading the short opening paragraph has left me with a couple of questions that I would like to open to anyone.

    I have typed the paragraph below but what I am not 100% clear on is:-

    1. Who/what is "Blare" is it the magazine as I first assumed or is it a name that 90 RE gave themselves or the name of their own news letter? as you will see they talk about a record of "our exploits from the Ouse"

    2. Once the above is answered does this make Ernie Johnson "our own cameraman" 90 Field Coy or the cameraman for the magazine? I ask as Ernie might give me another RE name to trace especially if he took photos?

    Thoughts?
    Malcolm

    Text of document:-

    " Attached is a Photographic Supplement to "Blare" 90th Field Coy R.E July 13th 1945.

    From the Ouse to the Rhine

    Looking back over the past twelve months or so, it has struck the staff of "Blare" that a good many of us would like to have some permanent record of our exploits from the Ouse to the Rhine which, among other things, took the form of erecting the now famous Bailey Bridge over the rivers and canals in England, France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. Included in this copy is a supplement showing some of these bridges. We do not claim the entire responsibility for their building, but share equally with our brother companies of the Group. These pictures, we feel sure, will always be a permanent reminder of the part we played to final Victory in the war on Nazism.

    Most of these excellent photographs were taken by our own cameraman, Ernie Johnson. "
     

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  2. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Malcolm
    "Blare" could mean British Liberation Army Royal Engineers, and did the Fld Coy do the Newark Bridging school?

    ps Welcome to the forum
     
  3. MSGrover1

    MSGrover1 Member

    Hi and thanks "Oldman"

    Pretty good acronym for me!! Will have to try and see if Ernie Johnson was a Sapper, I'm not sure about Newark Bridging how would I find this out and what would it mean?

    Cheers

    Malcolm
     
  4. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Malcolm
    Newark Bridging School/Camp was a Royal Engineer Bridging Training Camp/School, my farther and countless other Sappers learnt their "trade" on the river trent.

    I presumed that the use of 90 Field Coy RE and was our own cameraman meant it was Ernie's unit
     
  5. MSGrover1

    MSGrover1 Member

    Well to nearly complete the thread I can confirm that "Blare" was in fact a newspaper produced by 90 Field Coy RE. I attach the pages from the War Diary that states its (New Series edition) first publication May 30th 45, I also attach this edition that is with the War diary for anyone that might be interested in reading.

    Cheers

    Malcolm
     

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  6. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Malcolm
    Thanks for the post Loved the paper/newsletter
     
  7. MSGrover1

    MSGrover1 Member

    For those interested Issue Number 2 of the new series dated June 6th 1945, I have found three others which I will post if they are of interest. Would be nice to find some earlier copies but the original circulation looks like around 1400 copies. So will be hard to find!

    If you have a copy then please do post in this thread.

    Cheers

    Malcolm
     

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  8. MSGrover1

    MSGrover1 Member

    June 13th 1945 issue of "Blare" by 90th Field Company RE
     

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  9. MSGrover1

    MSGrover1 Member

    "Blare" Issue N04 June 20th 1945 by 90th Field Company RE
     

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  10. MSGrover1

    MSGrover1 Member

    Blare Issue N05 June 27th 1945 by 90th Field Coy RE.

    This is the last copy I have found so please do post if you find one, I note from Issue N04 that there were plans to produce a book detailing the exploits of the Group.

    M
     

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  11. erfrith

    erfrith New Member

    well well I've been looking for 90 field company for years on the web wonderful now I've found. joined the company 10 december 1944 a lad of 18 at a place called nijmegen holland . Or duties were to protect the bridge as the railway bridge had been blown up by German frogmen. We were stationed on the waal river and told to shoot at anything that was a lot of fun. I'm now 88 years old and living in monterey california i was born in hull yorkshire.
     
  12. erfrith

    erfrith New Member

    92 now
     
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  13. Claire Prangley

    Claire Prangley New Member

    Hello great site and just seen ‘Blare’ again as my Grandad was Bernard Belchamber chief of staff! My mum had some paper copies but think she sent them to the Imperial War museum,will talk to her tomorrow for more info....Me and my mates had a beer to him and his mates yesterday remembering them all....Cheers Claire
     

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