Happy Birthday Dad by David Sankus

We were contacted by David Sankus who wanted to wish his dad happy 83rd birthday today and to see if anyone remembered his dad - John Sankus, better known as "Chip". We were honoured to be able to put together this birthday tribute. With thanks to the Sankus family for the fantastic photographs. John was RAOC attached to the REME on Christmas Island. John also asks "does anyone remember the Christmas Island kettle?"


Dad arrived at Christmas Island 3.30 pm 31st January 1958


In his diary he said "We have stepped forth on the island ,the time is 3.30 pm and the sun is very hot here !!!"


Dad standing by the Laundry press on Christmas Island



Rock, Alf & Taff


Jock, Paddy, Mick, Fingers, Den & Wog (Dave Nicholls)


Ken, Roy, Den & Fingers


Porky (George Stowe) & Dad on beach


Reg & Wog (Dave Nicholls) on skiff


New Tent Lines


My Dad, the Mouse & Reg (Reginald Wright)


Dad on his boiler


Dad, George, John, Porky & Branch


The Power Station


Bill, Den, Ron & Tony



Terry, Dad & Porky


Reg (Reg Wright)


Taff & Dad


Taff, Dad on a plank & Porky


The Mob & Col Guthrie



Lads on the boat


Jock, Reg, Taff, Paddy & Alf


Dad & Porky


Dad


Dave


Morris in a grass skirt!


Porky & dog Jock


Gilbert & Ellis Islander getting dad a coconut


Dad & Porky in the 'Back Yard'


100 year old village


Dad & Matia , Gilbert & Ellis Islander


Nick & Gilbert & Ellis Islander



Taff (the nut), Nick & Taff


A wreck with Nick & Taff


My dad left the island on 31st January 1959. He still has his kit bag:



He married my mum Irene:


And the rest is history.


Happy birthday dad. Love David.


Labrats Note


If you remember John "Chip" Sankus or are in these photographs, please get in touch with us via email - info@labrats.international we would love to put you in contact with John. These photographs show just how young these servicemen where when they were sent to the Island.


These photographs are from the personal archives of David Sankus and remain his property, permission for the use of the photographs has been kindly given to Labrats for this post on our website and Social Media. No unauthorised copying of these photographs is permitted.

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