By: Cpl. D.H. Howorth, Military Observer in East Africa
An RAOC Warrant-Officer who, in the course of his Army duty, travels thousands of miles in East Africa, has been awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. He is WO1 John Giles (37) of 3, Prospect Terrace, Jersey, Channel Islands. His wife Olive and their three sons are with him in Kenya. The family live in Nairobi.
The ceremony took place at 541 Ordnance Dept, Kahawa, 11 miles from the Kenya capital. The presentation was made by Brigadier M.W. Briggs, Chief of Staff, East Africa Command.
Giles, who joined the Army at the age of 18, was Ordnance Warrant Officer, HQ Troops East Africa Command, Nairobi.
His job took him on trips all over Kenya, and once every three months he went to military units in Uganda and Tanganyika. On each of these long trips he travelled over 1,000 miles.
Before going to Kenya in January 1959, WO1. Giles had been stationed in Italy, Egypt, Palestine, Cyprus and Libya, with a spell at 14 Bn RAOC, Didcot, in between. Whilst serving at Didcot, he lived two doors away from WO2 Hornsby, who is also now in Kenya, and who received his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal at the same ceremony.