|Eric Cresswell (1931) Eric was born in the village of Kirk Sandall which is situated 4 miles north east
of Doncaster in the county of Yorkshire. He was educated at the local infants and primary school in
the village, and at the Secondary Modern School, Mere Lane, Armthorpe. He was in the 'A' stream
and in the final year finished second in the year end exams.
Leaving school at the end 1945 he started work in the glass warehouse of Pilkington Brothers, plate
glass manufacturers, as a warehouse boy, addressing the packed cases of glass and being a
After working for one year he decided that as an apprenticeship as glass cutter was not forthcoming
he would join the army. In those days the Army ran a flourishing Army Apprentices School scheme.
So on the 19 February 1947 he left home on the long journey to Chepstow in Monmouthshire,
departing from Doncaster and changing at Sheffield, Birmingham and, Gloucester, finally arriving at
Chepstow in the late afternoon. After three years of training as vehicle mechanic and achieving the
rank of apprentice Cpl, he graduated with his second and first class certificates of education and a
City Guilds certificate for Motor Vehicle work (1st Class pass).
After leaving Chepstow he joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) and was
posted to Donnington Shropshire and worked on diesel generator overhaul. After a short spell he
was posted to 21 Command Workshops Burscough Lancashire were he converted to armoured
vehicle repair. The next stop was Germany a short spell at a 6 Infantry Work Shops REME, then a
posting to the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards readying to go to Korea. He was attached to the
fitters’ troop of C Squadron and allocated to 4th Troop of four Centurion tanks to carry out the routine
repairs. He also went with the troop when they went into the front line in support of the Infantry
Regiments. After 14 months it was off to the Canal Zone, no coming home in those days, and a move
to A Squadron, promoted Cpl, after one year home to Catterick Camp, promoted to Sgt. Next a
posting to 2 Command Work Shops Gainsborough Lincolnshire and attachment to North Midland
District, Bestwood Lodge, Nottingham, part of the Unit Inspection Team with special responsibility for
the inspection of Armoured Vehicles.
Next was a posting to the 11th Hussars in Germany and attached to C Squadron Fitters Troop, were
he commanded the Centurion Armoured Recovery Vehicle and carried out the routine inspection of
the Squadrons Centurion Tanks.
Later he joined the Queens Own Hussars as a SSgt in command of 'B' Squadron fitters troop.
Serving in Germany, Sharja, Cyprus and Uckfield England.
On leaving the Army he continued his education at Darlington College gaining qualifications to be
elected to the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE), the Institute of The Motor Industry (IMI).
He is also a member of the Society of Operations Engineers.
He was employed firstly as an Instructional Officer with the Training Services Agency, teaching
Heavy Vehicle repair at Middlesborough and Motor Vehicle repair at Darlington Co Durham
After gaining a BA and BSc(Hons) degree in Engineering Sciences from the Open University, as a
Senior Technical Tutor in the Department of Transport Technology, Loughborough University,
lecturing in Transport Technology, Computer Programming, Engineering Measurement and,
Reliability and Maintenance. Retiring in 1993