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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #46 on: November 13, 2012, 16:17:10 »
It would appear that Artificer training was a part of the new HMS Pembroke ...

Thanks brompton boy - I'll pass that on - it'll be good background information for him.

If anyone has any further information on the building in question itself, I'd be pleased to hear about it.

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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #45 on: November 13, 2012, 12:45:12 »
It would appear that Artificer training was a part of the new HMS Pembroke from the day it was built using workshops in the Dockyard for training. The idea for a specialised department to train engineers for an increasingly mechanised navy came from the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir John Fisher. By early 1903 he had become concerned that the Imperial German Navy represented a threat to the interests of the Royal Navy, which might be in danger of being overtaken in seagoing technical expertise. He initiated a programme whereby engineers and artificers could be trained for service in the navy, and within two years the navy had established training centres in the major naval bases of Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth. In 1930 all Artificer training was centralised at Chatham and located ashore in the former Naval Detention Barracks, renamed as Fisgard Block, on the hill just behind the main Pembroke Barracks. It remained there until 1939 when the threat of enemy bombing saw its relocation to Torpoint never to return.

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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #44 on: November 13, 2012, 09:52:19 »
I have been contacted by a student at the University of Greenwich requesting some help for a project he's undertaking on the Barracks site.

On rossco's plan of the barrack blocks in this topic:
http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=14107.0

You can just see a narrow building between the two blocks marked as 'Anson' & 'Nelson'. This building is marked as 'Classrooms for Artificer Apprentices'. This building does not appear on my 1911 Plan of the Barracks posted earlier in this thread but it does appear on a 1927 plan of the area. The building is no longer there and is now just a car park.

Am i right in thinking that part of the building in question is the one I've circled in red in the postcard below (sorry it's not very clear). Also if it wasn't there in 1911 does anyone please know when it was built and when it was demolished?

My student contact will also be undertaking a GPR (Ground penetrating radar) survey of the site to map the buildings foundations.

Any help we can give him would be much appreciated.

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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #43 on: October 22, 2012, 10:15:01 »
A few scans from a photo book published shortly after the barracks first opened:

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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #42 on: June 21, 2012, 16:25:30 »
Extracts from a programme for the 'Final Divisions' of HMS Pembroke on 3rd June 1983:


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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #41 on: June 21, 2012, 11:24:14 »
Thanks for adding this, and your other plans cliveh :)

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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #40 on: June 21, 2012, 09:56:50 »
A plan of the Barracks from 1911:




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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #39 on: April 26, 2012, 15:16:36 »
HMS Pembroke took its name from the 3rd rate HMS Pembroke built in 1812 that had become the base ship in 1873.  This hulk was one of three, the other two named Royal Adelaide and Forte, situated in the newly built basins at St Mary's Island, having previously been moored in the River Medway to house the reserve fleet awaiting to be appointed to ships. 

A postcard c1900 showing the hulk:

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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #38 on: March 11, 2012, 12:18:09 »
HMS Pembroke took its name from the 3rd rate HMS Pembroke built in 1812 that had become the base ship in 1873.  This hulk was one of three, the other two named Royal Adelaide and Forte, situated in the newly built basins at St Mary's Island, having previously been moored in the River Medway to house the reserve fleet awaiting to be appointed to ships.  

Here is a plan dated 1901 showing the boats in the basins in use as accommodation whilst the new barracks were constructed.

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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #37 on: March 05, 2012, 00:39:55 »
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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #36 on: January 04, 2012, 18:13:34 »
SUBJECT:      PROPOSED WAR MEMORIAL FOR ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH, ROYAL NAVAL BARRACKS, CHATHAM.

FROM:   COMMODORE, R.N. BARRACKS, CHATHAM.
DATE:   29TH NOVEMBER, 1947.
TO:   COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, THE NORE.

It is requested that the following project for a war memorial from non-public funds for St. George’s Church, R.N. Barracks, Chatham, may be submitted for final approval to the admiralty.
2.   Proposals have been received from time to time from captains of ships and relatives to commemorate those lost at sea in plaques, stained glass windows and tablets.
It becomes clear that a well considered design by an expert artist was required to co-ordinate the proposals, so that the beauty of the church would be enhanced.
3.   The canteen Committee was approached, and a substantial sum of money was voted to commemorate those ships manned from the Port Division sunk during the war in which so many of their shipmates had lost their lives.
4.   The architect of Guildford Cathedral, Mr, Edward Maufe, was consulted, and after careful consideration the architect, the canteen Committee and those concerned agreed that the project should include the following features:-

(a)   The existing crude red brick walls of the sanctuary to be finished a stone-white colour, the Purbeck shafts and the stonework to be cleaned only.
(b)   The existing plain pine ceiling to be decoratively painted in harmony with the new stained glass windows.
(c)   The existing reredos, which is of fine design to be completed by further gilding and colouring of figures, canopies and foliage.
(d)   The existing black wrought iron screen to have its “flourishes” finished in English gold leaf.
(e)   The existing zinc organ pipes to be cleaned and decorated.
(f)   The existing crude red carpet to be dyed.
(g)   The existing varnished stalls, altar rails and organ consol to be “pickled” to harmonize with the reredos.
(h)   The existing varnished standard candlesticks to be finished English gold leaf and burnished.
(i)   The existing flood lights to be modernized by adding anti-glare fittings.
(j)   The provision of a beautifully bound book of Remembrance.
(k)   The ten existing plain glass windows of the sanctuary and chancel to be replaced by stained glass windows to commemorate ships from the Port Division which were sunk.

5.   Mr. Maufe’s general plan of the redecoration proposed above is forwarded herewith.  The present rough finished red brick is colour washed off-white.
6.   On Mr. Maufe’s advice, Mr. Hugh Easton, who carried out the work of the Battle of Britain windows in Westminster, was called in.  This ex R.N.V.R. officer showed great interest and enthusiasm, and has produced a first design of the windows, which is also forwarded herewith.
7.   Mr. Easton has made this sketch to show the general effect and colour of his proposals.  It will be observed that the design includes in the head of the windows the signs of the cross, at the foot of one window one single figure, and in the body of the windows emblems of the ships to be commemorated, which are not yet complete.
8.   The money from non-public funds is sufficient to cover the estimated cost.  Mr. Maufe, Mr. Easton and the Royal Naval Barracks’ representatives are completely satisfied with the proposals.
9.   I would emphasize that a great deal of time and thought have been put into this project to ensure that the effect of all the proposals will be to beautify the whole church.  It is therefore hoped that the design which is intended to convey a sense of thankfulness for splendid and willing sacrifice, and to commemorate a fine episode in British Naval history may be accepted as a whole.

B.C.B. Brook
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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #35 on: November 24, 2011, 08:58:49 »
Thanks for adding these :)

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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #32 on: November 24, 2011, 00:13:48 »
On the 10th September 2006, Rear Admiral Phillip Wilcocks DSC unveiled a plaque outside the Drill Shed, commemorating the Sailors killed on that tragic night, I was at that time the RNR Command Warrant Officer and accompanied him during the ceremony. I will put up the programme when I can dig it out.
I also have some photos of the day.

 

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