Young P.C. Dave Adam
We just heard from former P.C. Dave Adam who hails from Montgarrie in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and came out to Bermuda as a young police constable in September 1962, having previously served for 2 years in the Royal Engineers.
Dave attended Basic Training School #2 in late 1962, along with 12 other new recruits.  Their instructors were Chief Inspector Roy Chandler, Sgt Jimmy Moir (a fellow Scotsman), with Self Defence and Drill Instructor Andy Heggie.
 
Training Course #2
Top Row (l-r)  Alistair Garden, John Cooney, Edward "Boxhead" Foggo, Phillip Smith, Frank Sykes,
Frank Mutch, Marcus Packwood, David Adam, James "Jack" Crane, Colin 'Dusty' Hind,
Sgt James "Jimmy" Moir, Chief Insp Roy Chandler, Anthony John Langford,
Lennett "Lenny" Edwards, and Henry Eugene "Gene" Creighton.
Normally we have to rely on the Training School photos taken towards the end of each course, but Dave recently sent us the following superb photos taken during their course, 54 years ago, by  Roger Smith of the Bermuda News Bureau for the then Tourist Development Board.
Practicing Drill at Prospect
(l-r) Chief Inspector Roy Chandler, Sergeant Jimmy Moir, Marcus Packwood, Frank Mutch, Dave Adam,
John Conney, Colin “Dusty” Hind, Eugene Creighton, Philip Smith, Alistair Garden, and Andy Heggie.
 
Self Defence Training
(l-r) Lenny Edwards, John Cooney, Frank Mutch, Dave Adam being thrown
by Instructor Andy Heggie,  and Tony Langford. 

Simulated Road Accident Scene
(l-r) Chief Inspector Roy Chandler, P.C.'s Dave Adam, Marcus Packwood, John Cooney, “Dusty” Hind,
Eugene Creighton,Frank Sykes, Anthony John Langford, Alistair Gardener, Jack Crane,
Eddie “Boxhead” Foggo, Lennett “Lenny” Edwards. Phillip Smith, a TDB member, and Frank Mutch.
Following his training course Dave was posted to Eastern Division (St. George’s) in uniform. It was while he was stationed in St. George’s that he met his soon-to-be bride, Patti, and they married in June 1966.
After three years in St. George’s, Dave  was transferred to Central Division and in November 1965 he was posted to Operations (Traffic) where he served until leaving the Force in October 1971.
Dave has written to say, “I left the Island in 1971 and spent four years in Aberdeen working mainly in sales. Initially Patti and I were looking at buying a small business and one we looked at was owned by, I think, your uncle …  small world.   (Editors note -  Dave would be referring to my Uncle Raymond Sherratt who left Stoke-on-Trent in the late 1940’s and settled in Aberdeen just as the city was beginning a period of rapid development when oil was discovered in the North Sea).
Dave went on to say, “Our son David Michael was born in 1972 and in 1975 we moved to Kitchener, Ontario, in Canada, where I was employed at my trade of machinist and then as foreman in charge of a machine shop making large pumps and  industrial ventilating fans.
In 1998 the plant  closed after  having been taken over three times in ten years   I  then retired and worked part time for a couple of years. In 2009 we moved to Vancouver Island to be near our son and grandson.
We live in a beautiful little seaside town called Qualicum Beach. The Town Cryer is Len Mustard who served with me in St Georges. (Editors note  -  For an interesting article on Len Mustard in the Parksville Qualicum Beach News go to http://www.pqbnews.com/community/157059115.html
 
Young P.C. Len Mustard
“Thanks for all the fine work you and your committee do.”
Dave Adam.

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#4 John Alfie Fox 2017-04-24 19:18
Hi Dave - I well remember the crash of the duty car driven by Bob {The Animal) Tanner and passenger John (Boob) Travis - Bob was almost immediately moved to Hamilton and Boob stayed in St Georges - that was a shaky time but it was Christmas time and we were all "happy". Dave I can tell you where you where on April 24th 1962 Good Friday was the same date as this year 2017 - you were with me and some others in The Gun Powder .... just as my wife who was a KEMH nurse and was with some other gals having an Easter holiday and visited St Georges for the first time - Boy was I lucky Dave if you have more tales or want more of my memories you can E Mail me at - hope you write Dave - its good to talk of those crazy times
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#3 Davie Kerr 2017-03-18 05:17
When my crew arrived in Bermuda on 14 Nov 66 (a Monday), we spent the rest of the week going out and about in Traffic cars until our Localisation Course began the following week, and our two drivers were Harvey Fothergill and Dave. I remember him quite well although there's an excellent chance that he may not remember me!
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#2 John Alfie Fox 2017-01-18 07:39
First tiny Terry B and now Dave Adam both stalwarts of St Georges Mess back in the early 60's
Boy did we have fun .... good to see Terry and Dave survived

Cheers The Elf not to be confused with Johnnie J
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#1 Terry 2016-12-16 11:55
I remember Dave from the 60's when I was a Cadet in Admin and Traffic and then Cycle Squad and he was still in traffic.

Glad things worked out so well for you.
Enjoy Vancouver it doesn't get any better than up and northwest.
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