By Ray Alcorn.
involves the Battery Sergeant Major of the
School of Artillery, Warrant
Officer Class Two, Bull Story, Gunner Allen Singh
and myself. The incident took place
at the School of Artillery, North Head, Manly
NSW somewhere between January and March 1956.
I was attending a
Corps training course at North Head after just
completing my recruit training at Kapooka in
training the recruits were put together for the
day with some "old soldiers" who were
re-enlisting and doing a gunnery refresher
course. We were moving "25 pounders"
around the gun park when one of the "old
soldiers" asked Gunner Singh and myself to help
move the gun by the two of us jumping onto the
barrel and balancing the gun so it would move
easily. Gunner Singh and I
obligingly did this. Within seconds,
this great booming voice echoed across the
parade ground and into the gun park "you two men
on that barrel report to the BSM on the double."
As Gunner Singh
and I doubled down to the BSM's office we could
hear the laughter of the "old soldiers" behind
us. I knocked on the BSM's door and
this great booming voice said "come in".
As we entered we noticed that the BSM was busy
with another person in the room.
Bull Story with a very loud and gruff voice said
to Gunner Singh "who are you?", Gunner Singh
replied that he was "Gunner Singh".
Without a moments hesitation Bull Story yelled
at him, "I don't care if your gonna dance, get
left and returned to the gun park and never
heard another word about the incident except for
the "old soldiers" wanting to know what