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Re: Lodge Hill, Chattenden
« Reply #38 on: April 02, 2016, 23:33:28 »
'H' in WWII

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Re: Lodge Hill, Chattenden
« Reply #37 on: April 02, 2016, 23:11:47 »
1913
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Blockhouse at A completed.
Blockhouse B will be included in Battery Estimate.
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C, D, E and H are Redoubts for one section each of which E has been constructed by Field work parties.
A and B are defensive positions with barbed wire and open trench work.
F and G are smaller works yet to be constructed.
G1 and D1 are Blockhouses already built and the Four Wents are cottages to be placed in a state of defence.

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Re: Lodge Hill, Chattenden
« Reply #36 on: April 02, 2016, 22:45:38 »
Possible remains of WWI trench - these had gone by WWII when new ones were added.
WD Boundary Stone.
Wall around Chattenden Magazines.
Entrance to Lodge Hill Magazines.

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Re: Lodge Hill, Chattenden
« Reply #35 on: April 02, 2016, 22:43:12 »
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Re: Lodge Hill, Chattenden
« Reply #34 on: April 02, 2016, 22:33:49 »
WWI defences around the magazines

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Re: Lodge Hill, Chattenden
« Reply #33 on: July 09, 2015, 10:39:10 »
Police Quarters at Lodge Hill:

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Re: Lodge Hill, Chattenden
« Reply #32 on: July 08, 2015, 20:20:53 »
I have many memories of this area. I was stationed at Chattenden Barracks in the 1980's and used the old ordnance area for training exercises. Many a cold wet day and night was spent doing various things. Laying D10 telephone cable for training purposes, overhead road and rail crossings, dug in, then having to strip it all out and lay it again in another place. I also remember setting small charges with PE4 explosive in the old empty bays. I then went back there to the village area as a police firearms officer to practice containment on various properties and negotiate with the "armed" occupants. One way or another I seem to have spent long chunks of my life crawling around in the cold and wet up there. Despite that I will be sad to see it levelled for new housing.
The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath.

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Re: Lodge Hill, Chattenden
« Reply #31 on: July 07, 2015, 16:28:22 »
Entrance to the Chattenden Magazine Enclosure

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Re: Lodge Hill, Chattenden
« Reply #30 on: July 07, 2015, 16:26:31 »
The Main Gate at Lodge Hill Ordnance Depot

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Re: Lodge Hill, Chattenden
« Reply #29 on: January 27, 2013, 12:37:38 »
Hi, my father worked in the Chattenden magazines in the mid fifties and we lived in a military bungalow called 104 EAD (Equipment Ammunition Depot) just outside the main gate - I remember I used to spend time in and around the magazines - on one particular occasion which I think might have been during the Suez crisis I helped my father and the workers to load shells by removing them from the bays and sending them along the loading runners to the main doors where they were loaded onto military trucks and I think transported to the military railway close by. Just inside the depot there was a large static water tank which I used to keep stocked with fish from a pond at Lodge Hill. I remember there was a worker called Alf. My father had a colleague who held a similar post at another depot at Islingham Farm in Wainscot where they seemed to have mainly vehicles.

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Re: Lodge Hill, Chattenden
« Reply #28 on: January 26, 2013, 13:55:57 »
Thank you for posting your memories of the site, it gives an insight, and further information, about the history of the site.  I look forward to hearing about your time in the dockyard :)

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Re: Lodge Hill, Chattenden
« Reply #27 on: January 25, 2013, 23:47:16 »
Hi! I worked at RNAD Lodge Hill in the mid fifties, I was employed as a junior store house assistant 4 a week and spent one day a week at an adult education school. I was moved about the depot to gain experience ? (really no one could be bothered to train me). I started out at Chattenden Magazines, mk eight depth charges and placer primers plus mine sweeping explosives.t cutters ect. As I recall a Mr Bert Hill was store man abetted by a Mr Duri, he had lost his right hand when a fuze exploded. I then went to the shell store  right at the Hoo end of the depot, spent some time on the "boards" in the labs. learning how to examine various ordinance and striping stuff ready to go to the burning ground, cordite mostly looked very much akin to spaghetti. This went on till my father a c.o., found out I was working in the labs, I was below the legal age to be in a lab., after that Mr Marsh, Forman of Stores, not a great fan of mine, sent me to the dockyard, a story for another day.

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Re: Lodge Hill, Chattenden
« Reply #26 on: June 21, 2012, 09:50:09 »
A plan of the Ordnance Depot from 1911:



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Re: Lodge Hill, Chattenden
« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2012, 20:15:49 »
Your welcome  :)

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Re: Lodge Hill, Chattenden
« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2012, 20:15:32 »
Kyn, many thanks for this post.

 

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