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Helen Balkwill-Clark recently contacted the site to ask for  her blog "Boy from the Moor" to  be included in the site. The blog is about the search for her father who disappeared in Aden.  Helen's father worked for Air Works at Khormaksar for the South Yemen Air force between 1968-1969.  The blog includes a history, pictures and memorabilia of Aden. Click the link for the blog ! Boy from the Moor. Helen's  Aden credentials include secretary of the Aden Dinner Club and Events secretary for the British Yemeni Society.

 

Pamela Donnelley contacted the site and sent in a number of pictures of her family life in Aden. Some may be aware of the tragic circumstances under which the family left Aden in the late  sixties. Thank you Pamela for sharing these memories with the site. Pamela's pictures can be found on this link: Pamela Donnelley

 

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It has been a long time since the last updates due to moving home and software problems !! If you have any pictures, videos, or any other material you think may be of interest to the site please let me know.  The message board is working again so if there are any Aden topics you wish to discuss please use this forum. I can be reached at this email address n606jp@gmail.com Thanks Jonathan Wilkins

 

Hani Bassel sent in four  more copies of Jottings. He informed me that these were probably the last ones still remaining in Aden. Thanks Hani !

Push the links below for the the copies.

15th February 1962  

12th July 1962

13th September 1962

6th May 1969

 

Some of you may have found an excellent web site created by David Harrington -The Colony of Aden . The site shows David and his wife Elsa's time living in Steamer Point. David worked for Marconi and was responsible for servicing radio and radar equipment on the ships visiting Aden. Sadly David passed away earlier this year. Elsa informs me his site will be active for another month until the ISP subscription runs out. So take a look there are many interesting pictures and text.

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 Bilal Hussein recently sent in a number of picture clippings  from the Aden Recorder newspaper  from  the late 1950"s. The pictures are from the Little Aden section and show a number of events which took place during the year. The pictures can be found at the following link. "Bilal" . My thanks to Bilal for sharing these images with the site

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Yasser Alwan has sent in some  pictures of the refinery's  construction. These show the   very early stages of construction and the tent camp at Bandar Sheikh. The pictures can be found at the following link Yasser Alwan

 Thank you Yasser!

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Yasser Alwan has sent in some pictures of the refinery and staff. The pictures can be found at the following link  Yasser Alwan.. Yasser lives in Bir Fuqum and teaches at the local junior school. Thank you Yasser

 

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Wiletta Stelik contacted site. Wiletta lived in Little Aden whilst the refinery was being built. She writes "

 

This is a picture of the Aden Kids in 1953.

Front row, L-R:  Ned McNabb, Christopher Egan, David McNabb, Douglas Pitchford and Pieter Lanser

Middle row, L-R:  CeeCee Armstrong, Dickie Armstrong, and Larry Demmon

Back row, L-R:  Wiletta Wasser, Nellie Lanser, Judy Gier and Theresa Wasser

 

 

 

Another girl, Faralyn Brady (not shown), would join us during school breaks.  I believe she, Douglas and Christopher went to boarding school during the school year.  The rest of us were in Little Aden the whole time.  We would hike around the tidal pools, or up the many steps to the RAF lookout, or we'd be at the beach.  One of the houseboys would tease us by eating a locust, just to watch us make terrible faces at the thought of having a bug walk into his mouth.  An Irishman, Coyles (Con) Lafferty, who worked for the Wimpey Company, would get some "eats" from the cafeteria on Saturdays and we'd have a picnic on the beach.  We'd all get our noses sunburned; we'd blister, then peel all week long.  By Friday we were pretty well healed, and then we'd go spend Saturday at the beach and get sunburned again.  My sister, Diana Wasser, was born at the British  RAF Hospital in Steamer Point, July 31, 1953.  My father, Walter Wasser, was a superintendent of construction for Bechtel.

We had to adjust to the food and drinks.  No Kool-Aid (unless someone sent it to us in a "Care" box).  We had a similar fruit flavored drink called "squash," which wasn't great, but was okay.   Weevils in the flour (we used a nylon stocking to sift out the weevils).  No fresh milk. Butter came in a can and was rancid at times.  But Mom was a great cook and managed the meals well.

The swimming area on the beach was protected from sharks and barracuda with cyclone fencing and a large cable net hung from 55-gallon barrels.  After some heavy wave action during monsoon, the shark net was pretty much torn apart.  The barrels were replaced with pilings which supported the fencing/shark net.  The beach side of the swimming area was dynamited to get rid of anything that might have entered that area while the netting was being replaced.  We never had any problems.

 In April 1954, the Queen of England came for a visit and that was quite exciting for all of us. 

 I just recently was made aware of the "Adenkids" website and noted that the group from the '50s did not appear to be represented.  "

 Wiletta Wasser Stehlik

"Thanks Wiletta"

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Jim Pumfrey has sent in a  number of pictures from  his Aden  collection along with  prints of the Dhow newspaper. The pictures can be found at the following link. Jim Pumfrey.

 

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 Mary Budd sent in her copy of Jottings dated the 15th of September 1971.  This shows the farewell parties  given to her father George Budd when leaving Aden after 18 years of service with BP. Click on the following link for the copy.  15th September 1971.

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Hani Bassel has very kindly sent in a copy of Jottings for the site. The Jottings is dated 23rd December 1970. Hani tells me that this is probably the last copy he can e-mail me . The originals were destroyed by a fire at the administration offices a number of years ago. Hani's copies were given to him by friends.  Many thanks Hani! Click on the highlighted link for the copy.

If anyone has copies of Jottings, please send them to the web site. To me, they show a unique way of life which I believe should be showcased. 

 

 

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Maggie Anderson has sent in a number of photographs showing her family and social life in Aden. The photographs cover their times in Bandar Sheikh, Ghadir and Bir Fuqum. The photographs can be found at the following page        Maggie Anderson. If anybody can identify the people in the photographs please let me know.

 

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Phil Johnson sent in 5 pictures taken from the army housing in Ghadir.  Looking at the lack of buildings in the area these pictures must have been taken in the early 60's. The pictures can be seen on the Little Aden 1960-1975 page.

 

Colin Mathews contacted the site. he was born in Little Aden in September 1957. Here is his e-mail.

"Hi Ya, So time for reflection as I look up BP Aden your stories.  Born Colin P Matthews 16 September 1957 in BP Hospital Aden and in a British Colony, now at birth an AdenE!!  Why born in Aden? My sister Christine and brother Stephen were born in the UK. Well my Dad Conway H Matthews BP Refinery worker was attracted from the Isle of Grain BP refinery to the challenges of the Aden refinery as a process operator. So My dad, Mum, Sylvia J Matthews and brother and sister went out to Aden in 1956/57.  September 1957 I was born and lived at 27 Berkshire Gardens. My sister has many photos and on the BP Aden kids there is a video entitled BP Aden Kids Party where my brother , Mum and myself appear!!! Alison Golding was a neighbour and we were first boyfriend/girlfriend to each other and still in touch today though not seen each other since 1963. I have a photo of us sitting on our wall between our houses when we were 4/5 yrs old!!!  I came to the UK in 1963.

 The Matthews Family                          

27 Berkshire Gardens

Little Aden

Colin P Matthews

 

 

 

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Jean Allen( King) wrote asking anyone who remembers her from Aden and the London office to get in touch. Here is  her mail.

Hi Jonathan
Sorry no, I am not from Esher as I have always lived around Farnham, Surrey in UK. My husband was Geoff King who was in Admin in Aden and we lived in C2 Bandar Sheikh and 22 Devonshire Street and both my sons attended LAPA school in the early 1960's - Hugh and Charles King. I still keep in touch with the Bells in Oz and Rosemary Davidson but many of those we knew so well are sadly no longer with us. After Geoff died I married again to Stan Allen who was in charge of Security in London office hence the name change.
Always willing to hear from anyone who might remember Geoff and/or myself from our time with BP both in London and Aden.Kind regards  Jean Allen

 

 

Guy Nowell  wrote to the site. Guy  was born at the refinery hospital in 1956. Here is his e-mail,

Dear Jonathan,
Please add me to your mailing list.
My father (Ross Nowell) was at the refinery in Little Aden starting 1954. Mother, Pauline. My parents were married at St Peter's Little Aden. I was born in the BP Hospital, went to LAPA School. We lived at No 2 Berkshire Gardens.Then moved to Big Aden, father was Bunkering Liaison Officer at Steamer Point. Lived at 3 Britannic Court, went to Khormaksar School. And then I was sent off to school in chilly England, 1964. In 1980 I was working for BBME on Das Island, and had a visit from Dr Donald Dean, who delivered me (1956) and was then by BP Chief Medical Officer.People I remember well:

Smiths - Mum Sybil, daughters Barbara and Pamela
Wakemans - Ken and Joy, 3 dau Suzanne, Michelle, Paulette
more Smiths - Dad Ray, dau Vicky
Ryan - Lou and Olive, dau Lois and Gail
Morton - Bill and Phyllis, dau Helen
and I still get a Christmas card every year from my first teacher, Margaret Faulkner!
Best regards
Guy Nowell
 

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Jackie Young (Larmer) sent in some family photographs from Aden dated the late 60's to the early 70's.  If you recognise any of the faces pleae let me know and i will add these to the photographs. The photographs can be found at this link.   Jackie Young

 

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Julian Davies has sent some pictures and a copy of Jottings to the site. His contribution can be found at the following link.  Many thanks Julian for your contribution.  Julian Davies

 

 

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Julian Davies recently contacted the site and is looking to reconnect with old friends. He writes "
 I hope this mail reaches you in good health and fine spirits. I have just read your account of your trip to Aden in 2007 -- what was left of the houses in Little Aden?I, like you, remember the Salem Ali Abdo bus co. I used to go to the Ismuth school ( Khormacsar) on one each day for a while! I also have fond memories of Observation Point and recall climbing to the top on many occasions  -- the view was superb. I also remember there was a competition with the Army blokes for the fastest up -- some 45 Marine did it in @ 6 mins -- in bathers, trainers and with a full pack on his back. He probably does Triathlons in his old age just to keep in fit! I have dug out a copy of the jottings from 1968 - the front has a picture of a number of the 'L.A Kids' on it and was taken on a night that we organised a Quiz night at the Club for all parties. I remember the night well and the Summer Holiday that it was part of. I would like the mail or contact details of Sally Brown  and Jonty Bomford if you have them. It would be good to be in touch with both and catch up on a lifetime!  the same applies to you ,if you could send me a contact number it would be good to talk.Please add me to the mail list for any up-dates and particularly for any Reunion planned in the near future.With kindest regards".  
Julian can be reached at the following e-mail address jdjfdi@hotmail.co.uk

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Eighteen copies of the Port of Aden Annual have been added to the site . These annuals date from 1949 until 1994. The majority of the annuals  were donated to the site by Bill Morton.  Bill was the assistant Harbour Master in the 60's. The annuals  cvan be found at the following link   Port of Aden . Thank you Bill, for your contribution to the site.

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If anyone is looking for current news out of Aden. You may want to subscribe to the following online news service.  Aden Online  This news service is run by Mohammed Bamatraf who describes himself as a political activist. A brave statement especially in today's Yemen. Some of you may remember the family name . The Bamatraf's have a long association with the refinery in Little Aden. I wish Mohammed the  best of luck with his attempts to provide news from Yemen.

 

Jim Pumfrey arrived in Aden as a child in 1963. Whilst waiting for a billet at the Falaise married quarters the family were housed by BP at Ghadir . Jim has sent in some more pictures of his time in Aden. these can be found at the following  link    Jim  Pumfrey.  Thanks  Jim !

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Tony Fulton kindly donated to the site,  his copy of "Notes on Employment in Aden". I am told all the new BP Aden refinery's employees were given a copy of this document as a guide to life and the working environment in Aden. Note the inventory lists at the end of the document. You may find you still have some of the kitchen equipment! Please click the link for the copy.   "Notes on Employment in Aden".  The file is in a PDF format. Thank you Tony!

 

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 Maggie Anderson has kindly donated a copy of Jottings to the site. The edition is dated 23 May 1973. Please click on the link for the copy . Thank you Maggie !

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Tony Fulton has been busy scanning his copies of Jottings. These 6 copies are from 1966-67-70. They can be found at the following page. Jottings.   Thank you Tony,  it was good meeting you at the Glasgow do!

 

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An informal get together is planned for the afternoon / evening of April 16th 2011 in Glasgow.  If you want to meet up, chat, eat and drink with former Aden friends /colleagues please join us.  The venue will be the Grand Central Hotel on Gordon Street.  Please contact Jonathan Wilkins for more details.  

 

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Recently added to the site  "Welcome to Aden"  - A guidebook published in 1961 for visitors, transit passengers, members of the Forces and businessmen coming to spend a  few months or years in the Colony. Everything you need to know, to start your life in the Aden colony.  

The book is in a pdf format. As there have been problems downloading the complete book.  It has now been split into 5 sections to speed up the download.  See the Gallery Page for the sections.

 

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Jane Waller sent in some pictures from the late 50's.  If anyone can identify the faces please let us know.  Jane's pictures can be found at this link   Jane Waller

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Jackie Larmer has sent to the site her collection of Aden photographs and copies of Jottings.  Click on the following links  for  copies of Jottings published for the week beginning  1st,October 1968 and September 22nd 1966 . Thanks Jackie !

Jottings 1st October 1968        Jottings September 22nd 1966

 

Allan Higgitt has sent two more  copies of Jottings to the site. The issues are dated  November 12th 1964, and November 19th 1964.  Allan's Jottings can be found at this link   "Jottings November 12th, 1964" and  Jottings November 19th, 1964 .  "Thanks" Allan for sending in these  copies.  Both copies are in a pdf format.

 

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Allan Higgitt recently found the web site and sent in a copy of "Jottings" from August 1962. The copy contains some good photographs from the children's sports day.  I wonder how many of us still have the cups which were presented to the winners.  I remember they needed constant polishing!   Allan's Jottings can be found at this link          Jottings August 1962

 

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Linda Wilmshurst recently found the site and sent in some pictures of her time in Aden.  Linda asks if anyone remembers her and would like to get in touch pleae e-mail her at this address.      altair625@gmail.com.     Linda's pictures can be found at this link  Linda Wilmshurst

 

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Pamela and Anne Stewart kindly lent the site, their collection of cine films taken in Aden between 1962 and 1963. These films show the many activities available to BP's staff and children. The video clips can  be found at this link.  Stewart Video.  

 I will be adding more clips to the page ove the next few months.  If you have old cine film,  I would advise getting them converted to DVD's.  My cine films and the Stewart's collection have deteriorated with age. 

 

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Another copy of Jottings has been donated to the site by Hani Bassel.  Press the link  for the  October 7th , 1969 edition. Thanks again!  Hani for all your efforts.

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Hani Bassel has been busy again.  He has sent to the site, two copies of the Port of Aden Annual Report magazine covering  1949 and 1950. These magazines can be found at the following links   Port of Aden 1949  and Port of Aden 1950 . The files are in  a PDF format. Thank you Hani for all your contributions to the site.  Hani is also looking for copies of Jottings to add to the refinery's archives.  If anyone has copies of Jottings please send them into this web site.  If you do not have a scanner send us photographs  of the pages and I will assemble them into a web page.

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Hani Bassel has been busy scanning his BP magazines. Today he sent in a copy of the BP Aden Magazine (Summer 1968)  Click on the title for the magazine.   "Thanks Hani".   The magazine is in a PDF format. Hani works as the refinery's archivist and has used many of the articles and photographs from this site to catologue the refinery's building and operations  from the 50's until present time.  Most of the refinery's historical information was lost due to a fire at the  administration building.  If anyone has copies of Jottings and any other information they wish to share with the site please let us know.  

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Hani Bassel has sent in two more copies of the Little Aden Mercury (forerunner to Jottings). June 2nd 1953 and October 13th, 1953. The June 2nd issue commemorates the Coronation.  Thank you Hani !!   Click on the links for the copies. More of Hani's contributions can be found on his page  "Hani Bassel" The files are in a PDF format.

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Two articles from the "Port of Aden Annual have been uploaded to the site. The first article  "BP at Little Aden "shows some of the many recreational facilities staff members and families were able to enjoy.  This article is from the 1960 -1961  annual.  The second article "Recreation in Aden"  is from  the 1962 -1963 Port of Aden Annual. This gives an overview of the recreational facilities   available throughout Aden.   The port of Aden annuals were given to the site by Bill Morton.  The files are in a PDF format.

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We have uploaded some pages from various copies of Jottings found on the web site ISP.  The pages can be found at this link   Jottings

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Trevor Hanson  wrote to the site

"Hi Jonathan  My name is John Trevor Hanson (now Bolton) and I lived with my family in Aden in the early 50s.  My father worked for BP and his name was John Hanson and my mother’s name was Winnie we lived at  number L3 Bandar Sheikl and later at Bir Fuqum.   I do have various photographs which I will scan and place on the web site.  I have only just discovered your web site and would be very interested to hear from anyone who can remember my family, unfortunately my mother has recently passed away and I am unable to confirm any details with her.  I do remember a family whose surname was Turtle and hopefully someone may remember my family.  If you have any future dates for a reunion I would be very interested in attending.   I will scan various family photographs in the hope that someone will remember my family.  Whilst we were living in Aden my brother Nicky (Peter Nicholas Hanson) was born and I have various photographs which I can again include . Kindest Regards  John Trevor Bolton (Hanson)"

Trevor's photographs can be found at the following link   Trevor Hanson

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Philip Johnson sent in a copy of his Aden post card collection . the cards date from  the 1920'2 to the 1950's. The postcards can be found at this link  Aden Postcards.   Thanks Phil!

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Anne and Pamela Stewart found the web site and have been busy scanning photographs of their time in Aden. Their pictures can be found at this link   " Stewart"  

 

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Yasser Alwen sent in a selection of photographs from Aden in the very early days to the present. Yasser lives in Birt Fuqum and has a connection with the refinery at Ghadir. His photographs can be found at this location. Yasser.  Thanks Yasser !

 

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Nageeb Almuallem wrote to the site.  Nageeb lived in Bir Fuqum and worked in the refinery.  Nageeb now lives in Dallas.  He sent in photographs of his last visit to Bir Fuqum.  The images can be found at this link.   Nageeb.   Thanks Nageeb!

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Haidar Haidara was born at the Little Aden hospital refinery where his father is a doctor. Haidar now lives in Bucharest.  He recently visited his family in Little Aden and stayed at their home on Marine drive.  The pictures of his trip can be found at this link   Haidar.   Thanks Haidar !

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Paul Duffy wrote to the site and sent in two pictures. One of a Little Aden christening and one of the  BP football team. Paul's photographs and e-mails can be seen on this page.  Paul Duffy.  Thanks Paul !

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Hani Bassel has been busy scanning the Aden Refinery Archives and has sent in two more publications.  One is a copy of the Little Aden Mercury dated 10th September 1954 and the second a staff newsletter from July 1961. The little Aden Mercury was the forerunner to Jottings. Both items can be found at this link  Hani Bassel.  Thanks Hani!  

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Richard Viner sent in two videos from the mid 60"s. Both videos include interviews with Richard's father Brigadier Gordon Viner.  Brigadier Viner was the last British Commander of the  Federal Regular Army of South Arabia. (formerly the Aden Protectorate Levies). Both videos comment on Aden's political and military situation. A time a lot of us lived through but were unaware of !  The videos can be found at this link.   Richard Viner

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Steve Turtle has submitted an article written by his father, Phil, regarding his work and life in Aden.  Phil was working on his memoires but, sadly, passed away before completing the task.  Phil's article can be found at this link.   Phil Turtle

Phil Johnson sent in a video Building a Landing strip in Yemen. The video shows some good views of Aden and the beach at Tarshyne.  The video can be found at this link.     Landing Strip.  The video is in a Flash format.  Thanks  Phil

 

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Mushtaque Hussain wrote to the site. "Dear Jonathan, Hello how are you. My name is Mushtaque Hussain. I was born in Aden in 1955. I went to St Anthony;s high School, Steamer Point. It was a pleasure to go thru BP Aden site. Nostalgic ! I left Aden in 1967 for India. I am looking for my class-mates - Salim Suleiman, Omar and lot many. I was in Std IV in ' 67 at St. Anthony's High School. My father was a Trader in Novelty items, Watches, Radios, toys, etc - he had his Shop at Steamer Point - M/s Radiomatic Stores. We had had our house on Hamza Street. Would like to get more information about Aden and if possible would love get in to touch with some of my friends. Thanking you Mushtaque. " If anyone remembers Mushtaque or has a connection to the St Anthony's  school please contact the site.

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Jim Pumfrey has sent in some more pictures of Falaise  and the Bandar Sheikh beaches. These new pictures can be found at the following link .  Jim Pumfrey    Thanks Jim !

 

Jackie Larmer sent in some pictures of her engagement announcement and the LAPA school. The pictures can be found at this link   Jackie Larmer  Thanks Jackie !

Mike Temple sent in 3 more maps. These maps were found whilst Mike was visiting Alec Morton, late of Technical Services. Alec  is in the act of moving house and, when turning out his drawers, came across some copies of maps that had been prepared by the Public Relations Department in Aden. They are dated October, 1962 and cover Steamer Point, Maalla Town, Crater and Sheikh Othman.  Thanks Mike! These maps can be found at this link   MAPS

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Keith Mitchell sent into the site, a cine film he found at a car boot sale in Surrey. The cine film was labeled Little Aden and Bir Fuqum 1961-1963. There is no information on the film as to who had made the recording. If anyone recognises the person shown at the top of Observation Hill please let us know. Keith has no connection with BP and found this site through the internet. Thank you Keith ! The film can be seen at the following link.  Little Aden and Bir Fuqum 1961- 1963. The video is a WMV format and should stream.

Hani Bassel has sent in a clip of the documentary chronicling the building of the Aden Refinery. The clip and pictures of the modern day refinery can be found at the following link. HANI BASSEL Thanks Hani !

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Fred Caroe wrote to the site. Fred was one of the volunteer announcers for the AFBA (Aden Forces Broadcasting Association) in the 50's. He has sent in a number of his broadcasting stories.  Fred Caroe. Thanks Fred !

Jim Pumfrey wrote to the site. Jim's father was in the Army air Corp and was stationed at Falaise.  Jim and family lived in the BP housing area before moving to Falaise.  Jim's e-mails and photographs can be found at this link   Jim Pumfrey

Ieuan Sims has added another story of his life in Aden  His recollections can be found at the following link.  Ieuan Sims

Keith Bell wrote to the site. Keith and family lived and worked in Aden from 1952 - 1962. His account and photographs can be found at this link.  Keith Bell.   Thanks  Keith !

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Hani Bassel has sent in 5 copies of Jottings from 1966 - 1971.  Most of the refinery copies of Jottings were lost in a  fire at the administration offices. Hani works at the refinery HR department and is a researcher. He asks if anyone has copies of the Arabic version of Jottings i.e "Akhbar al Masafi" and any other magazines i.e. Little Aden  Mercury or articles relating to the refinery either in Arabic or English to  please let him know through this site. The "Jottings" can be found at this link   HANI BASSEL . Thanks Hani !

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Very few recordings exist of the radio programs transmitted by the British Forces Broadcasting Services in Aden. Alan Grace was one of the radio presenters in Aden in the 60's and has very kindly donated to the site some of the very few remaining programs and a series of security announcements made during the troubles we all lived through. The audio files can be found at the following link. The files are in a WMA  format and can be found at this link.   BFBS ADEN

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Jane Thorpe has provided 7 highly detailed maps of Aden. These maps were created by her late father, Col Simon Fraser OBE of the Royal Engineers, 13 Field Survey Squadron. Nick Ward scanned the maps and assembled the pieces for the site . The images are large and may take some time to download. Many thanks to Jane Thorpe and Nick Ward for their efforts. The maps can be found at the following link.  ADEN MAPS

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One of the subjects of the message board has been street names of the housing areas in Ghadir and Bandar Sheikh.  Two very accurate hand drawn maps existed courtesy of Gordon Clark. Now we have the real thing ! Annette Longford managed to get a copy of a drawing from the BP archive showing the original land leases given to BP for the refinery buildings and the housing estate. The drawing can be found on the MAPS page titled  "Little Aden Housing" . Many thanks to Annette for her efforts.  

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Mike Temple has been scanning some of his pictures from his time in Aden. The pictures show some of the  Little Aden Dramatic Society Productions, Scenes of Little Aden and  Aden  and People. The pictures are in B/W and are extremely good quality. The pictures can be seen  at this link.  Mike Temple.

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Ieuan Sims has been very busy putting his stories of life  and the many characters he encountered in Aden into print. His stories can be found at this link.   Ieuan Sims

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Nick Ward's reunion slide show has been uploaded to the site and can be seen at the following link    2009 Presentation. The pictures show the construction of the refinery and the Little Aden housing areas and views of Maalla , Khormaksar Crater and Steamer Point

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The 3rd Aden reunion has come and gone. Many thanks to Sheila Thoy ( Moran) for her hard work in organizing the event. The guests included 3 generations of Aden visitors.  Many thanks to Nick Ward for his excellent slide show of Little Aden / Aden in the 60's. Nick has offered to send a copy of the pictures to interested parties. Please contact Jonathan Wilkins and I will pass on your requests to Nick.  Dermot Tippins gave an excellent sales pitch for trips to Aden. Dermot has been back 3 times and is a mine of information on  travel, hotels etc.  If you are interested in making the trip and need information I am sure Dermot will be happy to advise you. As I spent too much time talking at the reunion I did not take many pictures. If you wish to add to the reunion page I am creating, please send in your photographs.  Pictures can be found at the following link   Reunion 2009   JPW

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Ieuan Sims has been busy searching his archives for Aden related material. He has sent a copy of one of the Little Aden church services conducted by lay preachers. There a  number of familiar names in the service notes. Here is Ieuan e-mail with details."HI JOHNATHAN, BROWSING THROUGH THE TOME THAT “BPKIDS” HAS NOW BECOME, IT STRUCK ME THAT LITTLE IF ANYTHING HAD BEEN MENTIONED OF THE IMPORTANCE PLAYED BY ST PETERS (C of E) AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND MASONIC LODGES IN THE FABRIC OF THE WONDERFUL TOWNSHIP OF LITTLE ADEN.AFTER THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE FORCES IN 1967, ST PETERS FOUND A CONSIDERABLE DEPLETION IN ITS CONGREGATION AND OF COURSE, THERE WAS NOBODY OF THE CLOTH TO ADMINISTER TO THE SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF THE C of E  MEMBERS. IN THEIR WISDOM, THE CHURCH COUNCIL DECIDED TO LET NON C of E PERSONS, BAPTISTS, METHODISTS, CONGREGATIONALISTS ETC HELP KEEP THE FAITH ALIVE IN THE TOWNSHIP. I SHOWED AN INTEREST AND SUBSEQUENTLY GOT ROPED IN AND OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS CONDUCTED SIX SERVICES THANKS TO THE CHURCH COUNCIL. I RECENTLY UNEARTHED ONE OF THESE SERVICES WHICH MENTIONS SEVERAL OF THE “BPKIDS” AND OTHER WELL KNOWN MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY AND THOUGHT THAT YOU MIGHT FIND THIS SUITABLE FOR INCLUSION IN THE SITE.  The service notes can be found at this link L.A.  Service

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Aspi Rabadi contacted the site. Aspi is an Adeni who trained in the UK and worked at the refinery power station. I have attached a number of his e-mails and photographs recalling his days in Aden  and his adventures. His mails and pictures can be found at the following link.  Aspi

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Tariq has sent in some more pictures from his collection of Aden in 1960's. These can be found at the following link Tariq

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Tariq sent in some present and past photographs of Aden . Tariq lives in Aden city.  The photographs can be found at the following link.     Tariq 

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Nick Ward has once again been scanning his father's photographs. Nick has sent in photographs  and a video clip of 3 of the Little Aden Drama Society productions. The pictures and video clip can be found at this link. LADS  "Thank You" Nick for all your efforts in scanning these pictures.

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I have been having some problems with the site after being hacked into  and having a virus implanted !! Some of the pages links are not working at this time. I hope to have everything restored shortly.

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Alan Mainwaring contacted the site.

Hi Jonathan

 

 Have just posted the copy of Jottings that I promised. Whilst searching through the piles of photographs going back many years I came across the cover of another Jottings and a photograph taken at the nineteenth hole of the Aden Golf Club, both of which I have enclosed. I went to Aden in 1956 ( I think) and left in 1963.and worked in the refinery as a process operator. From Aden ( now with wife and child} we went to Australia. From Australia to Zambia then to Liberia then Iran ( where we got caught up in the revolution} then Romania and finally Abu Dhabi.Hoping to meet up with you in June.  Regards  Alan

 

 

Alan's Jottings copies can be found at the following link     Alan Mainwaring

 

 

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Nick Ward sent in two pictures taken in 1957 at one of the BP Drama society rehearsals. If anyone can put names to faces please let me know. The pictures can be found at this link  DramaSociety.    Thanks Nick!.

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Abdul Alattry sent in a number of pictures taken recently in Ghadir of the refinery and the housing areas. You will be surprised by the amount of building there has been around the Wedge Hill area. The pictures can be found at the following link. Abdul Alattry

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John Baillie  wrote to the site "

Hi, Jonathan
 My name is John Baillie. My wife Sandra found your website a few days ago. I spent quite a while roaming through it looking at the pictures and videos. They have brought back a lot of memories to us both. The videos gave us a reality check of what is the same and what has changed.I'm glad that some prosperity seems to have come to the country. People were in a desperate condition when we were there, impoverished and suffering under a despotic regime. All monies went to the armed forces who were engaged in border incidents with both North Yemen and the British SAS in Oman.
 I'm also somewhat sad that our housing area in Bureika is not as we knew it, even though I know that our prefabricated "Supalites" could not have lasted forever.I worked as a graduate engineer (a probationer) in the refinery from autumn 1970 to November 1972, staying for the first year in the Bachelor Mess on Kornish al Ghadir and then, newly married, in the second year in the street behind the front, by than Sha'ara al Azhara (spelling uncertain). Our house was behind Dave Martin's house on Kornish al Ghadir.While there, I worked as a process engineer for Production Superintendent, John Wilson, on the plant under Andy Young and Ieuean Simms (spelling) and Dave Martin in the Production Planning office, also rewriting a refinery daily and monthly mass balance computer programme for David Matthers.
 Your website prompted me a couple of nights ago to rummage through our loft where I dug out a pile of copies of Jottings, 6 from 1971 and 28 from 1972. I spent another evening going through the pictures gradually recognising more and more faces and working out who many people were, attaching names to faces, husbands to wives and who did what.
 Some of the pictures are already on your website, but many are not. Let me know if you wish me to send you any information. I could gradually scan and send you copies as pdf's of Jottings you don't hold (a long winter's project) and/or send you pictures from them, identifying folk where I can. My friend, Ken Hutton, now living near Falkirk and who was in Aden as a maintenance engineer at the same time as me is likely to remember more people than me. I contact him every few years and this might act as a trigger.Thanks for the memories that your website has generated.
 Best wishes,John

And a second mail " 

Hi Jonathan,
 Thanks for taking the time to give me such a full reply. I've been looking at your website again and allowing myself to wallow in nostalgia. Still working out who was who. Lots of memories of events have been surfacing along attitudes and feelings. At the time I'd very mixed feelings about the place, people and my work. A lot to do I think with being exposed to a completely different existence, the frustrations and limits of freedom, the intolerance of youth and my own lack of confidence socially. However, it was a very important period of my life, "character forming", as John Wilson used to say when briefing us about the next shitty job needing done. My experience even in the early 1970s was as yours, that the locals were happy to talk to you and hanker back to the "good old days" of British rule. Sometimes I felt that people were trying to flatter for their own ends, but life was probably more certain and bellies a lot fuller before independence. The Crescent shops were going downhill fast even when we were there. There just weren't the people to sell to. Having nationalised the local fishermen and families' homes, the government nationalised Bhicajee's and other viable businesses and froze the owners' private bank accounts. I remember that Bhicajee couldn't even sail his dinghy at Goldmohur after it was impounded. I remember the name Hasan Ali and am sure he appears on some of your photos.I also recognise quite a few Yemeni faces of people I worked with - it was difficult to know them socially. To my shame, I can't remember any of their names apart from Jafar and Ali Abdullah Saeed. Maybe if I do a cross reference with the 'phone book, more will come back to me. I regret not taking many photos of my time in Aden. Like many things that everyone does automatically these days, photography was an expensive and considered in some ways technical hobby. I didn't buy a camera until late into my second year in Aden (a Minolta SLR that cost a few weeks' salary from the Seaman's Shop) and even then was inhibited from using it by the uncertainty of getting exposures developed locally. My best shots and the first I took in colour were of a trip in N. Yemen with my wife, Sandra, Tim Jones and Ken and Irene Hutton. I'll need to look them out and do a few scans. I'll gradually send pdfs of Jottings to you. I may also commit some of my memories to paper and send them to you. Nag me if you don't get anything for a while. I'm a great one for starting projects and putting them back onto the things-to-do list when something else comes along.Thanks for the notice about the Bristol reunion. I always feel it is a bit iffy as to what I'd get out of such events. I might have gone to the 2004 Linlithgow reunion if I'd known about it, but living north of Aberdeen, Bristol is at the other end of the country for us! I'll be in touch shortly. In the meantime, I attach a couple of images of a banknote and some coins that I found amongst another of my squirrel hoards.   The coins can be found at the following link. Coins

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Doug Pitchford wrote to the site and sent some pictures of Little Aden in the 50"s. Doug's father was part of the Bechtel Wimpey refinery construction team.  Pictures can be found at this link  Doug Pitchford

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Mike Temple has sent in 3 copies of the Little Aden Photographic Society magazine. These are well worth reading for the humour. Mike also sent in a copy of "Around the World in Eighty Days" this play was produced and performed by the BP Aden Dramatic Society in June 1960 at the Community Hall. The file is in a mp3 format and can be listened to with Windows Media player.  Thank you Mike !  The magazines and audio file can be found on this page  Mike Temple

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From a number of e-mails I have received, it seems my ISP is blocking some e-mails. If you wish to send e-mails  /photographs etc please use both of my e-mail addresses as shown.   Jonathan Wilkins  Hopefully my secondary ISP will not drop mails.

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Brian Redfern wrote to the site "Regarding your request for maps of Aden thought I would send a copy of this 1:50000 map which was used by gliding enthusiast office colleagues. You can see the pencilled markings on the map which indicate where they could fly and the flight conditions. They used the old runway at Bir Fadhl. I have the original paper version of the map which I have managed to get scanned. I worked in Aden from 1961 – 1964 for a company of consulting engineers and architects at Steamer Point. Think your web-site is excellent and brings back lots of memories. Brian "  The map is in a PDF format and can be downloaded from this link.  Aden Map   The thermals must have given some spectacular gliding JPW

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Mohmed Husin  recently contacted the site. Mohmed lives in Maalla and sent in some photographs ofMaalla Aden and the Gold Mohur area. The photographs can be found on the following page  Mohmed
 

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Eric Smith wrote to the site.  "Hello Jonathan, You don't know me but along with my wife I ran the much depleted school in Little Aden from 75 to 79. I have just been to see Beth Cato...you probably knew her and the oldest son Stephen....Dave, the father,  died years ago.  Stephen had left the school by 75 but Jonathan and Helen were there.
I did send scans in several years ago, but heard nothing as far as I can remember. Beth says that she sent in original photographs and she heard nothing.
I have quite a lot of photos of the school, club and round and about. If you are interested let me know and I will scan again.
Regards Eric Smith "

And another mail from Eric " Hello again,I have just looked through your "missing persons" list
Meme Wiseman should not be hard to trace as she is the wife of a general manager. We used to be in touch and I know that Beth Cato saw her at the last reunion.I am in touch with Ingrid Taraboulsi Ellie Gorley lives in Northern Ireland and again I used to be in touch. I might have her address in an old address book.I am in touch with Margaret and Joe Andrews and saw them only two days ago.Bernadette Wilcox and her husband kept themselves to themselves and I wouldn't be surprised if no one was in contact.
I wont give contact details without first contacting the people concerned, but the people doing the looking are welcome to contact me and I will do what I can to help
Eric"

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Dave Crocker wrote to the site "My wife Kin Elizabeth Crocker (nee Hardy) was born in Aden. Her mum and dad was Anthony and Jean Hardy, he worked for BP around 1955 for a few years in Aden and then elsewhere .Is it a name you remember? Many thanks  Dave Crocker her husband,"

If anyone knows the name and would like to make contact please let me know
 

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Pixie Hughes recently wrote to the site If anyone recognizes the name please let me know and I will put you in contact with Pixie

My name when I lived in Aden was Adrienne Saxby, I am now Hughes.  I am nearly always called Pixie.  I went to the Isthmas school until 1958 when my father was made redundant and we had to come back to England to live. I was 7 years old then. I remember there being an army camp a short way down the road to us. I used to walk across the road to the school from the flats that we lived in.  I wonder if this is the same Isthmas school as you are all talking about? I don’t know if my father worked for BP but I do know he worked for an oil company out there.  One of the teachers from the school lived in the flat next door to us.  Pixie Hughes"

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8 Videos have been posted to the Galleries section of the  site . Some are of recent visits to Aden and clips of old cines from the 60's. There's no audio as who wants to listen to the ramblings of 3 middle age adolescents ( apologies ... Jackie, Don etc )  The videos are in a .wmv format and can be opened with Windows Media player. If anyone has Aden video clips from the 60-70-80's  and would like them posted to the site please contact Jonathan Wilkins.

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I recently received the following e-mail from Sattar Abdul a former BP refinery worker "

Sir,
I always go through Little Aden Kids  pages and admire the frequent up date of pictures.I worked in BP Refinery (Aden) Ltd. and ARC . 
Retired  as Lab. Manager and now Lab. Manager in Saybolt UAE. I am Yemeny , 68 years old and would like to have the e-mail addresses of the following :- ( if possible )
Suleiman Fakira----Worked as Works Chemist in the same Lab.
PC Ward--------------Worked as Works Chemist in the same Lab.
J.Ansdell--------------Worked as Works Chemist in the same Lab.
John Wilson----------Worked as Process Superintendent.
Northey----------------Worked as Process Superintendent.
 
Rgds.
Sattar. "

If anyone knows the whereabouts of the people listed please let me know.   Jonathan Wilkins

Steven Grady contacted the site recently. Steven was with the 45 Commando's stationed at the Bandar Sheikh camp. He writes "hi thanks for replying, I have only just decided to trace my missing year in aden at the time I was 18 and bitter at being there, I now realise that it was a wonderful country and some realy hospitable people. in answer to you question, observation hill I know I went up twice for my pay other times it was in the camp near the armoury. does anybody have a plan , a picture of the camp, its blurry but day by day and emails from people like you I am piecing it together. I remember the beach with a small club there, and outside the camp possibly where you lived were houses? and possibly a library or wrvs .please keep in touch, here's a photo of me in the camp sulking cause I couldnt have a pint, only an egg banjo. also a photo of two women I sent home to my family, sue and jane? any ideas.
steve grady "

I wonder if anyone recognizes the faces in the two photographs ?


 

 

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Nick Ward has been busy scanning his fathers photographs and copies  of Jottings. Click on the thumbnails to download copies of July 15th 1965 and May 5th 1966 issues. Nick has also sent in pictures of Ghadir before and after the refinery construction. These can be seen at the following link.  Ghadir Bay  Thanks Nick

 

   

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Philip Johnson sent in his collection of Aden currency . These are the Fils and Dinar notes which replaced the East African Shillings.   If anyone has any of the E.A Shilling bank notes I will be pleased to add them to the site. The notes can be found at the following link.    Currency

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If anyone is looking for information regarding a visit to Aden. Please contact the web site. There has been 6 group visits made in the past 2 years and a lot of information is available regarding car hire, hotels, airlines and general information on Aden and Little Aden.

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Alwin Davis has sent in pictures of his family . Alwin's father and mother were nurses at the BP hospital from 1960 to 1985. His pictures can be seen at the following link. ADavis

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Phil Worrall has sent in pictures.  Phil and his family were in Little Aden during the early days of the refinery contruction. If anyone can help identifying the faces on the pictures please contact Jonathan Wilkins. Phil's  pictures can be seen at the following link.    Phil Worrall  

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There has been some discussion on the message board regarding birth certificates. Stephen Turtle sent in a copy of  his birth certificate recently sent to him by the Yemen authorities. Click on the thumbnail for details

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David Harrington has created an excellent  web site relating to his time in Aden from 1961 to 1966. David worked for the  Marconi International Marine company. His site can be found at the following link  David Harrington

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Jackie Degg returned back to Aden in September 2007 after a 33 year absence. Here is the first part of his trip journal. My Return to Aden. 

If anyone is interested in returning to Aden and would like information on how to plan it,  please contact the site. There is  a wealth of information available from a number of travellers  who have made the journey  and are willing to share their knowledge and experiences.

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Nick Ward has been busy scanning his father's collection of Aden memorabilia, which he has kindly donated to the site. Click on the links below to see copies of Jottings, BP Aden telephone directories programmes  and photographs of the Queens visit to Aden in 1954.  Nick Ward     "Thank you  Nick"  jpw

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Nick Ward recently contacted the site and sent in the following e-mail and a copy of the internal 1962 BP Telephone Directory  (The directory is in a PDF format) " Hi Jonathan,As you probably gathered from my lack of response after last March, I wasn’t able to join any of last year’s expeditions to Aden, but it is good to see from the BP Aden kids website that you had a good time. If any others are going this year and are looking for others to join them, I may well be interested in coming along, so please let me know if you hear of any planned visits. My father worked for BP for over 30 years and my parents were in Aden from 1954 until 1967. My father was a very keen amateur photographer and took thousands of photos of all aspects of life in Aden, covering people, places and events. He was the wedding photographer at many of the early weddings in Aden and I believe that he was also the semi-official refinery photographer. He therefore took many photos of the refinery, including quite a few of its construction. From mid-1954 when he bought his first Leica, he always had the best equipment, which is reflected in the quality of many of the photos. In the early years he took almost entirely black and white photos (and did his own developing and printing) but in later years he took mostly colour. Fortunately for almost all of the colour photography he used Kodachrome slide film and most of the slides look as good today as when they were first developed. Regards Nick

To download a copy of an Adobe PDF reader click on the icon     

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Jane Brown sent in a collection of photographs taken between 1966 and 1970. Jane and her family lived on Marine Drive . Her father Alan was BP's Marine Superintendent . Jane Brown

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Kevin Sumbler recently contacted the site and sent the following e-mail along with some pictures.
"Hi, We had recently discovered your website and it has brought back a number of memories of our time there.

My father, Reg Sumbler, was employed as the Computer Manager at the refinery. We arrived in Aden in the summer of 1965 and left in the summer of 1967, but my father stayed on for an additional year. We attended Isthmus school during this period.Looking at the website made me dig through all the old black & white photo's to see if there were some I could send. Unfortunately most of the Aden memories I have are either on slides or cine film but i did find a few. I attach a file of 6 photo's: " Kevin Sumbler

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Jane Waller contacted the site recently " Hi Jonathan, We too lived in Wiltshire Crescent. My mother, brother and I left in '61 but my father, Frank, stayed on for a couple more years.  I can't find my BOAC log but I did find my international vaccination certificates book of all things - have attached a copy of a page! As I mentioned, my memories are very vague so I really don't remember anyone.  My parents were friends with, I think, Jim and Betty Adair but that's about as far as the little grey cells will stretch. As for photos I'll have to ask my brother's wife if she has any. My brother was the family photo archiver but unfortunately he died a few years ago. Alas I am the last of the "Wallers in Aden" clan. Keep up the good work on the web site. It's funny how we start reminiscing as we get older isn't it?
Best Regards Jane Waller
BP Health Certificate. 

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Stephen Turtle sent in the following e-mail along with a number of pictures from the late 50's  and early 60's . These can be seen at the following link  " Stephen Turtle "

Hi Jonathan,I recently came across this site after finding Fred Collinson's videos on You Tube.On scanning through the pages I came to Peter Toppings page and looked at the first photo:"Elizabeth, Bob and Phil at Peter Topping's christening"The "Phil" in the photo is my dear old dad, Phil Turtle.I was born in Aden in '55 and Mum (Margaret), Dad, Myself and three of my sisters(Eileen, Joanna and Marian) lived there until '62. My youngest sister (Kate) was born there in February of '62 not long before we left. Mum and Dad are happily still with us and living near Caloundra in South East Queensland, Australia. The rest of us are in various parts of Queensland mostly concentrated in the South east corner, although Joanna seems to prefer the warmer north (Townsville).We went back to England and stayed in Eltham for about two years after we left Aden but decided we were far too used to the warmer weather so Dad applied for work and an assisted passage and we ended up here. My memories of Aden are hazy, but improving as I look at this site, although I do recall that life seemed primarily to exist of sitting on the beach, swimming and drinking coke! The pictures of the beach and the kiosk looked immediately familiar! We have some photos that Dad took and has kept so I will see if I can digitize them and send them on. Thanks so much for maintaining this site and bringing back so many happy memories! Cheers,Stephen "

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Harold  and Mark Izzard sent in 2 photographs taken in the 60's showing the Refinery, Ghadir and Bandar Sheikh. Harold was one of the refinery  accountants from 1956 - 1962.  Click on the following link for the photographs.  Izzard Photo's  

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Ibrahim Khalaf Hassan Ali, very kindly donated a booklet to the site. The booklet details the refinery's operations and the amenities provided for the staff. The booklet  was printed in 1962. If anyone wants any of the pictures in a high definition format please contact the site.  Click on the picture for the booklet.

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Doug Pitchford sent in the following e-mail and picture. Doug was there  at the beginning !

"New Year greetings from California to all the BP Kids. Before there was you guys there was us....the Bechtel Brats.
I arrived at Little Aden as a 13 year old school drop-out in March of 1953.  Never finished the 8th grade. No schools in Little Aden. Other kids would arrive, in June, but I was the first dependent on site. Later came the two dozen or so U.S. and British (Bechtel-Wimpey), Dutch ( harbor dredging subcontractor) and Lebanese (Consolidated Construction Company - Beirut). Spent my first night at the job site in a tent sleeping on a canvas cot. Woke up with numerous abrasions...from so much sand in the sheets
Attached please find a photo my Dad took about September 1952, showing the area where the family housing prefabs (I lived in A-10) would eventually be assembled. His notes are on this and a series of other photos of the barren rocks of Little Aden.)
The beach depicted was mine alone  for two months. I did not have to share it with anyone but wild dogs, hermit crabs and the local fishermen, whose nets would be dropped into the sea from those narrow little craft they favored as the pearly gray dawn was giving first light. (Who wanted to work in heat of the day? Only mad dogs and you know who.) Those of us on shore (men, women and children) would haul and heave to the rhythm of chants as old as the days of Sheba.
I, too, intend to return someday to revisit Silent Valley, the RAF lookout and a cove so dear to my heart which I claim as my own secret fishing spot (at low tide).
If this reaches you intact and you wish other photos of the jobsite and Queen's visit in 1954, drop me a line.
Cheery bye.
Doug Pitchford
(yep, we're descended from a landed English family from Shropshire. Check out crusader knight Sir Ralph de Pitchford's tomb, replete with all the spooky symbols described in The Omega Code."  Click on the image for Doug's picture  



 

 

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Mark Izzard sent in a copy of his BOAC Junior Jet Club log book. The log book can found at the following link >>

BOAC Junior Jet Club.  Thanks Mark.

If anyone  else wants to share their Aden travels with the site I will  be delighted to post your logs and travel accounts . Does anyone remember the MEA flights via Jeddah and Beirut ?

 

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Pictures and an account of the September 2007 Aden trip  taken by Aidan and Jackie Degg, Don Stephenson and Jonathan Wilkins can be found at the following link >>  Aden September 2007 

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Two new articles reprinted from the Port of Aden journal can be found at the following links >> "The Queen's Visit 1954" & "Building a Harbour in 25 Months" 

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During the trip to Aden in September 2007, Jackie Degg, Aidan Degg,  Don Stephenson and Jonathan Wilkins were invited to tour the refinery and power station. Pictures of the visit can be found at the following link >>  Refinery Visit

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Martyn Tesky sent in his collection of 'Jottings" reprint photographs. Martyn's father John was the refinery assistant GM. Martyn's photographs can be found at the following link  >>   Martyn Tesky.

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Aidan Degg has sent in his account of his first trip to Aden in September 2007 . Aidan is Jackie Degg's  son. Aidan's  account can be found at the following link  "Aden Account "  Pictures to follow

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Dermot Tippins has sent in his account of his trip to Aden in April 07. Dermot was accompanied by SheilaThoy (Moran), Kathleen Wooler (Moran) and Bronwen Reynolds.  His Aden diary and pictures of the trip can be found at this link   Dermot Tippins. 

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Peter Topping contacted the site recently.

 Hi there My name is Peter Topping and I was born in Aden in 1959. I lived full time there until 1965, although we returned in 1966 and again for my last visit there in 1968. My dad left Aden in 1969 - he was taken ill.I came across this site (which I have spent the last two hours scrolling thru') while putting together material about my parents' lives. They were Vince and Connie Topping - both died in the 1980s. I remember the Wilkins brothers as being older than me. My contemporaries were Paul Duffy (son of Joe and Margaret or Mary Duffy) and Christopher Copus and Ron Richards' children..
Anyway, I attach a few pics to this email and will send some more in if I have time. I live in England but worked in Hong Kong in the 1980s. Regards and congratulations on the site - amazing! Peter T.
Click here for > Peter's Pictures

Here is a second  e-mail from Peter

Jonathan
Here are a few more pics if you wanted them for the site - I don't have that many because we unfortunately lost a lot of pictures during a flood at my Dad's house - he retired to Lancashire in the early 1980s after my Mum died (in Blackpool) and lived pretty happily with his dog, and came out to HK to see me every 18 months or so and then going on to places like Japan.
I'm not sure  who people are in these pics except my brother and  myself and our parents of course, but there were some brief notes in the photo album that these came from. The one of some Arab policemen is one from when my Dad went up country in the late 1950s - they seemed to go in a landrover as I have an old cine film with some clips. The memory that comes to me of our time in Aden was those endless days swimming off the beach at the BP Club, going as close up to the shark net as we dared, diving off the buoys and the diving platform and then back to get some dinars from my Mum to go and buy a pepsi from the beach kiosk - which I instantly recognised from one of the pics of recent visits by you!
I have one copy of jottings from 1955 which I will scan and post to you. I don't know why there is only one copy - my Dad was quite a hoarder, and has all the letters my mother sent him after she came back to UK, and the letters I sent him from when I was in the Hong Kong police in the 1980s. So I can only guess that the rest went with the floodwater.
Peter T "

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Degwell Morgan has sent in an account of his life in Little Aden 1982- 1983) after the refinery was nationalised. The account can be found at the following link  Degwell Morgan

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More pictures have been added to the Misc Images page. If anyone can supply names to the faces I will be pleased to update the page.

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I have just returned from another trip to Aden. This time, the group consisted of Jackie Degg, Aidan Degg (Jackie's son) and Don Stephenson. We all had cameras and videos. Shortly we will be posting the pictures to the site together with some video clips. ( Crater at night etc  !!)  On this trip we managed to get  into the club, the community centre and were invited into the refinery for a tour of the power station. Jackie's father worked at the power station during his 20 years in Aden.  We met some wonderful people and had a terrific time. If you have ever thought of returning to Aden do so, it is well worth the journey. Accounts of the trip will be posted shortly.  Click on the pictures below for a preview of the visit. JPW

 

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Clifford Waring has made contact with the site and sent the following e-mail

"hi there, just came across the aden site, looked in "searching for" and saw my name.now who could be looking for an old codger like me. had a good look round the site, brought a few memorise back.saw the pics of dermot tippins return to aden, how things have changed. i got a pic of dermot and myself taken at the old community centre, where we did a comedy double together.keep up the good work.   cliff waring

 ps: attached pic of dermot and myself"  Clifford's picture

 If you wish to get in contact with Clifford. Please send me an e-mail and I will pass on his address..

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Martin Dunbar wrote into the site.  Martin was born in Aden and lived there until 1980.

"Hi I  have really enjoyed a browse through the Aden Kids site.  I have enclosed a short (very short) poem for inclusion if it is suitable. Well done on the site, I shall continue to browse around it, and show my kids where I grew up. The poem Waves was written around 1980 (I think) and is a memory of myself sitting at the front of our house in Little Aden watching the waves in the bay after having been told (that evening) that the family was moving back to the UK.  I have a couple of other pieces somewhere, but those are really song lyrics rather than poems, so I don't know how they would stand up to just reading.  Keep up the good work.  Regards, Martin Dunbar.     Waves

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Don Stephenson sent in some photographs . Don's father was the manager of the Camel Club Naafi at Khormaksar. Don is known to a number of the BP kids as we attended the Isthmus school together. The photographs can be seen at the following link  Don Stephenson

 

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Robert Ward sent in the following links to video shot in Aden by his late uncle Fred Collinson.  Fred lived at  J2 in Bandar Sheikh between 1957 - 1962. 

  A Drive around Aden circa 1960

 A BOAC Brittannia lands at Aden airport circa 1960

 Little Aden Children's Sports Day circa 1960

 Bandar Sheikh and Aden scenes circa 1960

 Queen's Own Hussars Children's party 17th November 1960

 Little Aden military display  circa 1960

Little Aden beach scenes

Little Aden Children's Party

Princess Alexandra visits Al Ittihad  December 1961

HMS Lanton and HMS Roddington at Bandar Sheikh 1961

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Philip Johnson kindly donated some Aden stamps to the site. These can be found at the following page : Aden Stamps

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Eric Mears who runs the Khormaksar school (forces) web site recently visited Aden with 5 other ex pupils. Eric has  written a journal of his trip along with Margaret Hansard and Jenny Egelnick. The journals can be viewed at the following locations. Please note these are in Adobe PDF format. Eric has also added hundreds of photographs of the visit at the following link.  http://uk.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/mears_ssw@btopenworld.com/my_photos  

Click here for Eric's Journal               To download a free copy of an Adobe PDF reader click on the icon   

Click here for  Margaret's Journal

Click here for  Jenny's Journal

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Bill Morton kindly donated his copies of the Aden Port Trust magazines to the site. The magazines date from 1950 - 1967.  We intend to periodically copy the articles and publish them to the site as they give an excellent view of life in Aden. Thank  you  Bill.

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A big thank you to everyone who has sent in pictures and articles to the web site. Please keep them coming in. If anyone has access to copies of "Jottings" and any other articles related to Aden and  Little Aden and would like to publish them to the site please contact us at   N606JP@gmail.com

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JPW

26th November 2010