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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #55 on: February 13, 2013, 12:23:10 »
Hoping this is not off-topic, but may be of interest. During WW2 WRNS were billeted in the large houses in Watts Avenue, Rochester, on the left going from Maidstone Road. They occupied at least 2 of the houses, maybe more. Presumably they worked in the dockyard, barracks etc.

Thanks peterchall - I recently saw something on the internet mentioning that too.

Sorry I should've been more specific with my request - I'm trying to identify where a member of the WRNS Reserve who was re-called to Chatham to serve in a NATO excersise in the late 50's may have been accommodated? The time period involved would've been about 3-4 weeks.

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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #54 on: February 13, 2013, 10:48:33 »
Hoping this is not off-topic, but may be of interest. During WW2 WRNS were billeted in the large houses in Watts Avenue, Rochester, on the left going from Maidstone Road. They occupied at least 2 of the houses, maybe more. Presumably they worked in the dockyard, barracks etc.
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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #53 on: February 13, 2013, 09:20:03 »
I think the Wrens were billeted in what was called East Camp. This was a hutted camp located in the vicinity of what is today the Kelly Drive area. The old Chatham News used to publish photos each year of the Wrens stirring the Christmas Pud mix.

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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #52 on: February 13, 2013, 09:15:30 »
Hubby was in HMS Pembroke at times during the 60s, so I imagine that's what he's recalling. He finished his time on Small Craft Refitting Group.
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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #51 on: February 13, 2013, 07:11:42 »
Thanks Leofwine & Lyn L

Would the Medway Road Barracks still have been in use by the WRNS in the late 1950's or would they have moved into Pembroke by then?

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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #50 on: February 13, 2013, 04:19:32 »
The WRENS Barracks were just inside the gates at Medway Road. A few concrete huts erected during WW2, with a two storey air-raid shelter close by. If you go into the Lower Lines Park (aka Admiral's Gardens) from the Medway Road gate they would have been on the grassy bank in front of you. (There is an interpretation board on the path there with some pictures and details if you visit).

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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #49 on: February 12, 2013, 21:55:26 »
Spoke to hubby, he said the Wrens were kept completely separate from men , he's not sure now but thinks it could have been Blake or Collingwood block , but thinks it was next to the Wardroom.
If a Wren should come back on her own, she was always escorted back to the block. It's been a good few years now he left the RN in 1969.
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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #48 on: February 12, 2013, 21:30:10 »
Was there accomodation blocks for WRENS at Pembroke? Would they have used the same Mess facilities as the men? Particularly interested in the post-WWII period

Thanks in anticipation

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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #47 on: February 09, 2013, 00:37:01 »
Gloucester Citizen - Saturday 27 December 1902

NEW NAVAL BARRACKS AT CHATHAM.
The extensive naval barracks at Chatham, which have been erected and furnished at a cost of something like half a million sterling, are expected to be ready for occupation early in the New Year. The buildings are situated in a district which was formerly known as "Tom-all-alone's," and the works involved the removal of the old convict prison and the torpedo factory in order to provide an adequate site. Both the seamen's and officers' quarters are arranged in blocks, and a residence for the captain commanding and an infirmary will be added later on, and will form the subject for separate contracts. The Admiralty are anxious to bring the barracks into use as expeditiously as possible, as the accommodation on the naval depot ships is altogether insufficient for the 3,000 to 5,000 men usually quartered there.

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Re: HMS Pembroke, Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham.
« Reply #46 on: November 13, 2012, 15:17:10 »
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, 11:45:12 »
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, 08:52:19 »
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, 09:15:01 »
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, 15:25:30 »
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, 10:24:14 »
Thanks for adding this, and your other plans cliveh :)

 

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