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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2008, 14:39:23 »
Some more pics, this time of the construction of the RN Barracks (Pembroke) Chapel.  Now the St Georges centre.






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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2008, 11:20:11 »
Some pics of the construction of the gymnasium in December 1908
















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HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2008, 11:53:04 »

"Parade Ground"

Construction work on the Barracks was began in 1897,being completed at a cost of 425,000.
Upon being first occupied in May 1903 a total of 4,600 Officers,Petty Officers and Men were absorbed from the three depot ships Pembroke,Royal Adelaide and Forte.



"Stand Easy"

The need to keep the men occupied led to the intoduction of a number of futile tasks such as the chore of cleaning the parade ground.
On such occasions a huge number of ratings were assembled and constantly marched backwards and forwards picking up every bit of litter and fag end to be found.



A view of the Drill Hall,the scene of the disasterous air raid bombing of 1917.
After the tragedy ratings,during war time often slept in an underground tunnel.



"Mess Deck"

The long hard wooden benches were once accompanied by wide spittoons laid on the deck.
Not surprisingly,Tuberculosis was rife amongst the lower decks.



An early view of one of the Barrack rooms,showing the megre conditions that existed prior to WWI.



"Mens Reading Room"



"The Swimming pool"



 

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