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
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.
If you remember John "Chip" Sankus or are in these photographs, please get in touch with us via email - firstname.lastname@example.org 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.