A Merry Christmas Indeed


It was with a twinge of sadness that we posted this photo of a group of young men clearly enjoying a very Merry Christmas dinner, complete with their very professional looking chef bringing out the turkey.

We asked if you could help us to identify all those in the photo, along with exactly where and when it was taken? 

The photo was taken at Palm Springs in Paget on Christmas Day 1966, and the "head chef" is none other than Bill Pritchard who wrote and named those present as (l-r)  the late Willie Galloway (who was tragically killed in a road accident while riding his Police motor cycle in April 1968),  a young man from the U.S.A.F Police at Kindley Air Force Base,   Malcolm "Malcy" Smith,  Bill Pritchard with the turkey, the late Gordon Howard (who went on to a career in banking, and also tragically died a couple of years ago in a house fire at his home), and probably Alan White (Bill remembered his name as Ian) who served from September 1966 - July 1968.  Bill believes that Alan later took his own life but we cannot confirm it at this time.    

Very sad to realize that of the six happy young men in this photograph, half of them died before their time.

Christmas Dinner at Palm Springs, Paget, 1966
(l-r)  Willie Galloway, unknown USAF Police Officer,  
Malcolm "Malcy" Smith, Gordon Howard, and believed Alan White


#7 Davie Kerr 2015-01-06 14:46
I'd agree with the guy on the right of the photo being Alan White, but have no knowledge of him having taken his own life. Oddly enough, he married a girl who grew up in the next parish to me in Angus.

Editors note - I also have no recollection of Alan taking his own life. Can anyone else either confirm this, or provide any information to the contrary?
#6 Phil Taylor 2014-12-29 07:52
Roger, you are 110% correct.
#5 Terry 2014-12-26 16:47
Quoting Terry:
Quoting Phil Taylor:
My only comment is that Willie Galloway could be Sean Field's old man or big brother!

Well you did not know Willie as I did. Remember him quite well.

And it is definitely not Paul Field.
Merry Christmas.

Editors note - I'm sure Phil will correct me if I'm wrong but I suspect that he's merely pointing that Sean Field has a strong resemblance to Willie Galloway. I'm sure Phil knows Paul Field and would not mistake him for Willie.

I understand.
#4 Phil Taylor 2014-12-24 09:02
My only comment is that Willie Galloway could be Sean Field's old man or big brother!
#3 Terry 2014-12-23 14:49
Good to hear from you Bill.
Take care and have a Merry Christmas.
#2 Bill Pritchard 2014-12-22 19:08
From left to right the late Willie Galloway, USAF Police, Kindley Field, Malky Smith, Bill Pritchard, late Gordon Howard,& believe to be Ian White, who took his own life. Palm Springs, Paget, Xmas 1966.Happy memories. B.Pritchard.
#1 Terry 2014-12-21 17:18
Looks like Malky (Malcy) Smith, Gordon Howard and a bit of Mr. Galloway thrown in.

Merry Christmas.

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