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Author Topic: 163/55 Anti Aircraft Battery Rochester 16/10/39 onward  (Read 7832 times)

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Offline peterchall

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Re: 163/55 Anti Aircraft Battery Rochester 16/10/39 onward
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2015, 08:45:43 »
A list of all AA sites in Thames and Medway South area, 1940, might provide a starting point for a search:

S1 Scrapsgate, Isle of Sheppey 3".
S2 Iwade 5.25".
S3 Wetham Green, Upchurch, 4.5".
S4 Rainham, 3.7"
S5 Twydall, 3.7"
S6 Gibralter Farm, 4.5".
S7 Fort Borstal, 4.5".
S8 Tower Hill, 3.7".
S9 Oak Street 4.5".
S10 Fenn St, 3.7".
S11 Grain ?.
S12 AllHallows ?
S13 Cooling ?
S14 Lower Hope ?
S15 Cobham 4.5"
S16 Denton 4.5"
S17 Northumberland Bottom 3.7".
S18 Green St Green 3.7".
S19 Sutton at Home ?
S20 Dartford By-Pass ?
S21 Bell Farm Sheppey 3.7/5.25"
S22 Whitehall Farm?
S23 Decoy Farm?
S24 Burham 4.5"
S25 West Malling 3"
S26 Harp Farm ?
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Re: 163/55 Anti Aircraft Battery Rochester 16/10/39 onward
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2015, 07:26:31 »
This may indicate was not Fort Borstal battery. :) (from old post) http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=11117.30

30.4.1940            2 Ors posted from 308/55 Battery RA   
                   
 2 Ors posted from RHQ 55 AA Regt RA         
             
1 OR posted from 163/55 Battery RA   

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Re: 163/55 Anti Aircraft Battery Rochester 16/10/39 onward
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2015, 21:35:13 »
The  only HAA battery within the boundaries of Rochester (omitting Strood) was at Fort Borstal, but that was No 166 Battery, although the right Regiment as per the photo here:
http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=6553.msg117572#msg117572

It was the one marked S7 on the attached map.


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163/55 Anti Aircraft Battery Rochester 16/10/39 onward
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2015, 20:37:34 »
I am trying to locate the Gun Battery where my late father was stationed during 39/40/41 he was called 19th August 1939 ro 120th Field Artillery Regiment TA and did initial training in Budleigh Salterton but sometime after the 16th October 1939 he was transferred to the 163/55 AA battery in Rochester, I have no other info until he Boarded a troopship in August 1941 for Freetown. I remember when I was about 11 he did take me to where he had been stationed and i recall a small Pub close to it. All that seemed to be left of the Gun positions was concrete hard standings and a few air raid shelters etc but for the life of me I cannot recollect where it was and am hoping that someone here on the forum will be able to place where he was actualy stationed and provide a bit of history. Many Thanks

 

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