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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2008, 19:13:44 »
I can remember installing beer pumps in the Wardroom at Pembroke it was a big bar and there were 3 breweries involved. The Mess manager was a Liet Comdr we called Nelson as he only had one arm or eye (can't remember which). but we were really well treated. A Wren steward brought us coffee and bikkies, lunch came with a huge flask of soup and a pile of sandwiches that would do for 10 never mind us 3. They asked that we take the trays back to the galley opposite when done so I did. Asked the cook where to put them, "move that stuff  and leave em there "says he pointing to a worltop with a few files & books on. When I moved the stuff the world's population of roaches exploded from under them!!!  :o.

Another call we used to fight for was the Nuclear Towers. There were usually 2 subs in for refit at any time and the crews lived in the tower block which had messes for each ship so overall there were about 8 bars. The problem was that we only used to get a call for the towers not the ship/mess. After getting in, you would get taken to a mess, pint of Stella in front of you regardless of time of day and if you were lucky it might not get topped up by which time you found that was the wrong mess, this could be repeated several times until you got the right mess. We had fitters go in at 9-30 and have to be picked up in the afternoon bleeped out their skulls. Then the Gate Police would demand you unloaded the van just to make life easy! Great days!! ::) More another day Pete

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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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