Hello! I have just discovered this website and wish I had known about it earlier. I was a teenager in Aden from early 1964 until 1966, visiting for the school holidays. I recognise many places from the photos on the site - Tarshyne, where we lived, Steamer Point, Gold Mohur, Little Aden and others. I have many memories of Aden and a number of photos and cine films of my own. I would love to hear from anyone who was there at that time.
i/we lived in aden from 1963-1966 and lived on the top floor of the red sea shop in steamer point which was i think?
the name of the school i and my sister attended i do remember it being restrictive and the bus was fitted with grenade guards and policed by two armed soldiers too and from school..i seem to recall the toilets were a short walk from the classrooms and children were escorted to and fro again with armed soldiers..my father worked for the MPBW and
was victim of an attempted assassination at his place of work when a bomb was fitted inside of a very thick ledger
book which was always in his office..he opened said book as normal..every morning.. luckily for him his back was turned
when it detonated..so only caused injury to the back of his body..otherwise it would have been fatal had he had his head
very lucky but i recall him being driven back from hospital covered in blood and blackened with the blast..
it got dangerous to stay and the ministry pulled us out of there in 1966
any info much appreciated
Thanks for your post and sorry for a late reply but my Internet connection was down for a week!
Your post was really interesting but what a horrific story about your father - so lucky that his back was turned at the time of the blast, but still a traumatic event for you all.
I remember the Red Sea Shop and various others - Wong and Sons Trading Company (I still have some of their Chinese clothing and other items), Bhicajee Cowasjee, Cowasjee Dinshaw, etc...
I don't remember the school name but your post reminded me of when I was at school in Nicosia, Cyprus some years earlier during the EOKA crisis. We too had guards on the buses and wire netting on the bus windows.
My father worked in the Ministry of Defence, hence the postings to places where British forces were based - and we ended up in not one but two trouble spots!
There was a lot of security during our time in Aden, but people seemed to try to live as normal a life as possible - holidays were spent playing tennis and swimming, and sailing which was a hobby of our family - but always with a sense of the danger in the background and the knowledge that lives, especially in the conflict zones, were at risk. A strange atmosphere.
All for now but would enjoy hearing more of your recollections if you have time,