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Re: Gaza Barracks, Tonbridge
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2017, 12:44:33 »
The owner put up a new building so the council said he had to knock down one of the others. They mostly all survive from 1940.

Anyway, the training rooms have gone from this…



To this…







And they wonder where our heritage goes to?

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Re: Gaza Barracks, Tonbridge
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2016, 12:36:05 »
Its shown on the Extended DoB conan. I'll get the location when I get home from work as I can't access it here in my office


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Ah that must mean I need to update my DoB overlay,thanks
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Re: Gaza Barracks, Tonbridge
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2016, 07:13:01 »
Its shown on the Extended DoB conan. I'll get the location when I get home from work as I can't access it here in my office


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Re: Gaza Barracks, Tonbridge
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2016, 00:09:51 »
The pillbox is of interest as it is not recorded on the defence of Britain data base. Is the fairly precise location known?
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Re: Gaza Barracks, Tonbridge
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2016, 14:36:56 »
You're welcome kyn!

I think there's more there still that I didn't get to see. I couldn't see the pillbox and there may be some other WW2 buildings. Trouble is, even on a Sunday you can't do too much mooching around there with a camera as a lot of the firms are working.

I may well visit again sometime and take another look round

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Re: Gaza Barracks, Tonbridge
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2016, 14:42:59 »
These are really good to see, thank you for taking the time to take a trip out there Cliveh!

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Re: Gaza Barracks, Tonbridge
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2016, 08:37:01 »
Extant Accommodation Huts:

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Re: Gaza Barracks, Tonbridge
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2015, 17:25:00 »
Much of this site remains and is in use, there is a pillbox situated here too.

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Re: Gaza Barracks, Tonbridge
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2012, 14:55:26 »
Plano - You've proabably seen this but just in case not:

http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1560465

It doesn't add much to what you've posted here but it lists a couple of sources that may be of interest.


Had a quick search on the N.A site but no joy.

There is some info on the regiment here:
http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/royal-artillery/19936-34th-queens-own-west-kent-searchlight-regiment-ra.html


Just as an aside the Barracks site was still there about 35 years ago when I last saw it and I believe it's now a small trading estate.

If I find anything else I will post it here

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Gaza Barracks, Tonbridge
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2012, 16:37:04 »
Gaza Barracks, Weald, Nr. Sevenoaks, Kent has an important WWII history. It became an operational base for a battery of the 1st Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery which operated twelve searchlight crews at various locations in the immediate area. They had detection equipment and the plotting room at the barracks operated by the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) who would report to Biggin Hill who in turn would report to West Malling command centre who deployed nightfighters. This took minutes and the beams of light would be aimed on incoming aircraft. This was particularly important during the London Blitz and I gather that after the blitz threat subsided the Searchlight regiment moved to Kearsney Abbey, Dover. I've noted a report of an early radar trial there in the field opposite the barracks. Anyone know anything about this?

 

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