Alan Mills

Alan Mills – Conscription – Winter Blues

Alan Mills – Conscription – Winter Blues

October generally saw is change from our lighter khaki summer uniform to the heavier winter blue uniform, which also looked much more formal. The standard joke was if you ended up in a bar brawl, to ask them if they […]

Alan Mills – Conscription – Palestine – Terrorism

Alan Mills – Conscription – Palestine – Terrorism

Terrorism at the Egged Bus Station One thing that always amazed me was the amount of noise on public transport in Haifa. I didn’t use buses that often but when I did, the argueing, chatter, joking and shouting was about […]

Alan Mills – Twinkle Toes

Alan Mills – Twinkle Toes

Working the 6pm to midnight shift, we were often under the command of a staff sergeant who, unbeknownst to him, had the nick name Twinkle Toes. I didn’t see it at first but when I asked how the nickname came […]

Alan Mills – Weights and Measurements

Alan Mills – Weights and Measurements

Our instructions whilst in Palestine were not just to keep the peace but to ensure rules, regulations and laws were obeyed, sometimes this seemed petty and a little harsh on some of the locals who were struggling to eek out […]

Alan Mills – A Cushy Number

Alan Mills – A Cushy Number

Shortly after arriving in Haifa, I quickly learned about the ‘Happy Hour.’ This was a ritual observed by both young and older men who let their frustrations out by firing illegal weapons. There was a continous battle to get illegal […]

Alan Mills – Street Kids

Alan Mills – Street Kids

Alan Mills on his National Service in Haifa as a constable with the Palestine Police. Shortly after my trip to Rosh Pina, I was back in Haifa on the circle beats, this time patrolling with an Arab constable. One thing […]

Alan Mills -Water Board and Legionnaires

Alan Mills -Water Board and Legionnaires

I began to settle into my life in the Palestine Police. Four shifts, spanned over seven days a week. We rarely had a day off and often did two shifts in a day. Even if we did have a free […]

Alan Mills – Street Games and My Suspended Sister

Alan Mills – Street Games and My Suspended Sister

Growing up in 1930’s Leeds, we had to make our own entertainment and usually Saturday mornings were the times me and my pals got together. We used to play Touch and Pass, a kind of rugby which was played with […]

Alan Mills – XIV Olympiad

Alan Mills – XIV Olympiad

As Britain and particularly Yorkshire bask in the glow of a successful Olympic Games, it made me think of the last time the games were held in London. Some people tried to call these (2012)  Olympic Games the austerity games […]

Alan Mills – Beryl Burton and Doris Storey

Alan Mills – Beryl Burton and Doris Storey

In the past few issues, I have endeavored to convey the achievements of some proud Yorkshire men. But what about the ladies? I hear you say. Well in this Olympic year, I’m proud to feature a couple of local sporting […]

Alan Mills – The Cricketer and the Tramp

Alan Mills – The Cricketer and the Tramp

I’m going to take you back to just before the war this issue, Saturday 28th August 1938, a day I will never forget. We were still living off Kirkstall Road at the time and I’d just celebrated my tenth birthday. […]

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Football and Dancing

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Football and Dancing

Despite the country still in the grip of war, in some aspects we tried to tick along as normal as we could although it wasn’t always possible. The football league had to be suspended after three games, probably just as […]

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Army Cadets and Regimental Bands

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Army Cadets and Regimental Bands

About 1942-43, in wartime Britain, all lads as teenagers had to register and join a youth organization. We had a choice of Boys Brigade, Army, Air or Sea Cadets, the Boy Scouts or Messenger Cadets. If the war was to […]

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Bombings & War Time Cinema

Alan Mills – Back in Leeds – Bombings & War Time Cinema

By the end of 1940 the number of evacuees in Otley had dwindled. Many children had just drifted back to Leeds as a result of the bombing not been as bad as anticipated. It was decided to terminate the operation […]

Evacuees

Alan Mills – Evacuees – Mothballs and the ATS Ladies

War Time Memories by Crossgates resident Alan Mills, Part three. Eleven year old Alan Mills had been evacuated from Leeds to Otley: Mothballs and ATS Ladies To move on further into the fascinations of wartime Otley, I remember there was […]

Alan Mills – Evacuees – Otley Cattle Market

Alan Mills – Evacuees – Otley Cattle Market

War Time Memories by Crossgates resident Alan Mills, Part two Eleven year old Alan Mills had been evacuated from Leeds to Otley: Christmas 1939 was approaching… It was strange because there was no real sign of any war, people had […]

Evacuees

Alan Mills – Evacuees – Otley Beckons

Memories from Crossgates Resident Alan Mills Evacuees Part One. Otley Beckons In 1939, Yorkshire again won the County Cricket Championship and on the 3rd of September, Britain declared war on Germany. To me it certainly was a momentous year. I […]

Alan Mills – First Shift and Can-Cans

Alan Mills – First Shift and Can-Cans

Alan Mills had finally settled in at Haifa and was looking forward to his first shift as a constable with the Palestine Police.   So – after all the travelling, all the training, I finally was on the rota to begin […]

Alan Mills – Room with a View

Alan Mills – Room with a View

Alan Mills finished his training at the Palestine Police training college at Mount Scopus Jerusalem and awaited his first posting in Haifa So the end of basic training and farewell to Mount Scopus in Jerusalem. The next morning six of […]