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News / Re: Modify option
« Last post by smiffy on Yesterday at 16:04:24 »
I was trying to update a post recently but couldn't because the modify option was no longer present. I couldn't work out why until I noticed that the thread had been locked. So, if you have the same problem, make sure to check for this first.
Highways / Re: College Yard, Rochester
« Last post by smiffy on Yesterday at 14:06:46 »
Yes, I think it would make a nice print to hang on the wall. I have a photograph from about 1870 which shows that the taller building visible immediately to the left of the gate was still there. By the 1890's the view had become pretty much what it is now.
General Maritime / Re: Press Gang, records who caught?
« Last post by mikegunnill on Yesterday at 07:50:13 »
For those who followed this thread. I finished my feature on Michael Greenwood.  I managed to locate two sets of descendants, one family in Australia and one in New Zealand.  One family own the original Greenwood written diary and the other own Greenwood's glasses, and a finger bone.

It seems when Greenwood was press ganged in Faversham he wasn't alone. He was taken with a " school chum " This is the only description passed down through the years. Greenwood was returning home from school and was press ganged. The two young men were taken into naval service.  Both serving together was a number of years.  During a battle with the French, the " school chum " had his finger blown off.  He later died from other wounds. Greenwood picked up the finger and saved it as a keep sake.  He later added metal at each end of the finger and used the bone to press tobacco into his pipe. He carried the bone with him until released and he returned to Faversham. According to a family legend he carried it when he married and throughout the rest of his life.  Despite a great deal of searching, I can't find the name of the " school chum "

The full feature will be published in a future edition of Bygone Kent. Photographs of the bone, glasses and the diary haven't been seen before.

Thank you to all those who helped during the research period.

Highways / Re: College Yard, Rochester
« Last post by mikegunnill on Yesterday at 07:33:37 »
Wonderful painting smiffy. It also looks wider now!

Military / Re: Folkestone Harbour in Overlord - Neptune in June 1944
« Last post by CommanderChuff on May 19, 2018, 18:52:04 »

Thanks for the image and it appears that there is much more to the bigbobs than one can image. 

Quicksilver III was the display of dummy landing craft, including associated simulated wireless traffic and signing of roads and special areas.[9] The landing craft, built from wood and canvas and nicknamed Bigbob's, suffered from being too light. Wind and rain flipped many over or ran them to ground.  One of the most intensive efforts went into simulating the "invasion fleet." The dummies themselves, code-named Bigbobs, were made of canvas stretched over a steel frame, floating on an array of 45-gallon oil drums.  Building the Bigbobs was very labour-intensive, as each kit had more than five hundred parts, filled six or seven three-ton trucks, and took twenty men six hours to assemble. When complete, each one weighed eight tons and looked convincingly like a real landing craft.  BB's were moved on railway trains in Sept1944 with 18 cases used for each BB.

The Worcestershire Regiment were assigned to BB construction in Folkestone March 1944 and a whole Company took 7 hours to build and launch one during the night time.  The Germans dropped several shells into the harbour just before D-Day and damaged a couple.

Thanks again, 
The brick building might have been associated with the Victorian clay diggers. From what I recollect of the other smaller object, I think it was more like an air-raid shelter, but who for, unless it was for air-raid look outs, I am not sure.
Anti-Aircraft Batteries / Re: Redsands Fort
« Last post by Signals99 on May 19, 2018, 09:13:59 »
The nick name Tom Pepper was one I have not come across for some time. My mother used it to describe someone who was, to put it politely, a stranger to the truth. Was this just a local saying? I googled it, seems fairly wide spread usage and meaning.
Anti-Aircraft Batteries / Re: Redsands Fort
« Last post by conan on May 18, 2018, 23:14:15 »
A bit more information about Radio Invicta based on Redsands fort including the sad drowning of Tom Pepper
Anti-Aircraft Batteries / Re: Redsands Fort
« Last post by Mickleburgh on May 18, 2018, 22:58:33 »
Must not forget the latter day life of some of the forts as `pirate` radio stations. As I recall Red Sands  was the `Good Music Station` run by an entrepeneur from Folkestone who drowned in a boating accident en route there. Also, in order to prove the forts were within territorial waters, a naval officer had to pick a suitable tide to land on an exposed sandbank and spend long enough there to plant a flag and claim the land for the Queen.
Anti-Aircraft Batteries / Re: Redsands Fort
« Last post by Signals99 on May 18, 2018, 14:35:48 »
Conan, thanks for that, I have seen the forts from sea level, my only interest is the fact that my father, a clerical officer grade 2, was stationed at RNAD Lodge Hill and was responsible for de-ammunitioning some of the forts after the war. He told me most of the explosive stores came back to Upnor, most of the fixed ammunition was Army but was "broken down " under contract at Lodge Hill laboratories.
Not very interesting, I know, but it kind of rounds off the story.
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