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Re: Gordon Barracks, Gillingham
« Reply #51 on: March 28, 2014, 23:25:13 »
Hi, I was interested in this topic, as I went for a walk along Darland Banks and through Ambley Wood yesterday and saw 2 benchmark stones at the edge of Ambley Wood with 'WD' engraved in them. Did the woods also belong to the MOD?

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Re: Gordon Barracks, Gillingham
« Reply #50 on: December 10, 2013, 11:50:50 »
Thank you for posting your photographs steven62 :) It certainly stirred a few memories. I had several friends who lived there in the late 60's and 70's.

Somewhere(?) I have a panoramic view (actually 2 photographs joined together) of the barracks taken from the gate at the top of Darland Avenue in 1980 which shows the field where Frank Thomas ( a farmer from Iwade) used to keep his livestock (and where we local kids, used to play football and cricket). I'll have a hunt round and see if I can find it and if I do, I'll certainly post it.

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« Reply #49 on: December 09, 2013, 21:20:27 »
Hello again,
I have found some more photos of the married quarters from 1971-76. One looking down Kirkee Terrace towards Darland Ave., the other our back garden with my dad and brother. (It was either 19 & 20 or 20 & 21, I can`t remember which).

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« Reply #48 on: November 14, 2013, 23:40:45 »
I don't know if any one can help me but I'm looking for someone who served in the Royal Anglian Regiment that was I think, at Gordon Barracks. The year was 1976, his age then was 17 and his name was Barry Stevenson or a friend of his called Norman I think. I hope someone can help


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Re: Gordon Barracks, Gillingham
« Reply #47 on: August 23, 2013, 17:46:52 »
Thank you so much for attaching the photo, it certainly helps when imagining what life there was like.  I hope someone finds some plans for you, if not keep checking back, sometimes plans surface a while after being requested!

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« Reply #46 on: August 23, 2013, 16:34:11 »
hello.
My father was stationed, with the Devonshire and Dorset regiment, at Gordon Barracks between 1971 and 1976. We lived on Kirkee Terrace. I have attached a photograph of my Mum with a view of the houses taken during this time. we lived in the building on the right hand side with the red door, I think it was 19 or 20 Kirkee Terrace.
A couple of years ago I tried to find plans of the buildings with the idea to recreate a scale model, but couldn't find any, I would be grateful if any knows where I could get some.

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Re: Gordon Barracks, Gillingham
« Reply #45 on: September 29, 2012, 12:26:22 »
My dad worked at Gordon Barracks in the period up to closure for the Property Services Agency. When I was in primary school, we went on a school trip to the Barracks to watch the Band of the Royal Anglian Regiment play. That would have been in the late 70's, probably 1978.

After closure, most of the barracks was demolished almost straight away, except for the pavilion on the sports field, where the cricket club my dad used to play for played. That was still there as late as 1983.
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Re: Gordon Barracks, Gillingham
« Reply #44 on: September 28, 2012, 20:33:54 »
Thank you for the additional information bassingbourn :)

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« Reply #43 on: September 28, 2012, 00:10:19 »
I came across this forum whilst searching for information about Gordon Barracks.  I was stationed there from 1968 until 1970 with 4th Bn The Royal Anglian Regiment.  In 1970 the Battalion was disbanded and I moved to 3 R Anglian.  I first lived in the corrugated metal huts in Kirkee Terrace and then moved to a house in Roorkee Road.  The tin huts as we called them had a living room, one bedroom and a small kitchen.  My wife loved the place.  I remember the main guardroom and the smaller guardroom and gate (leading into Roorkee Road) in Darland Avenue.  When the Battalion went to Bahrein the smaller guardroom was locked for the night - something which would not be possible now.  The Officers Quarters were at the back of the camp near the bridging area.  So sad to hear that the camp no longer exists.  I just found out that another camp where I was stationed, Bassingbourn Barracks in Cambs, is also closing.  Fond memories of both camps where several of my children were born.

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« Reply #42 on: July 08, 2012, 20:00:28 »
I used to live at Gordon Barracks between about 1966 to 1970 at the age of four onwards  (block 15 it was a singel tin hut ) My dad was a Colour Sargent it used to be on the edge of a big field with football and a rugby pitch, where they used to do pt in the morning  with telgraph poles. One side there was a chain link fence with horses in a field on the other side that was on the right as you looked out of the front on to the field. The far side was the perimeter and one of the two entrances with guardhouse .On the left was the road in lined with trees. houses where on the other side of the road and a kids park as the road comes towards block 15  the road to the naffi goes of at 90 degrees away from the field. then an air raid   shelter and a large covered water tank  the road the turns to block 15 .just to the right of block 15 there were some conker trees to the chain link fence. On the other side of the road opposite  block 15 I think was the officers mess. When I was there was a big fire one night and some of the barracks where burnt down .as a kid we used to play up the MP's and where always getting chased but alwas felt safe as there where no civies aloud in .The other entrance was closed at some time when I lived there.

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Re: Gordon Barracks, Gillingham
« Reply #41 on: May 16, 2012, 20:07:02 »
A mention of an incident at Fort Darland (prison).

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I now come to the most important of all the clauses, Clause 9 (Army Act). As I think most of your Lordships know, a great deal was done during the war behind the scenes to study and improve the system of punishment in detention barracks. Quite apart from high-lights in the Press like the Fort Darland incident, this matter was under continual study and observation for some years. There was the Dempsey Committee which reported in 1941, as a result of which there were established special training units which had nothing to do with military corrective establishments. To these units were sent only young soldiers who had done one term of detention and who, in the Commanding Officer's view, were likely to do more unless sent there. Then there was another type of training unit for more serious offenders.

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Re: Gordon Barracks, Gillingham
« Reply #40 on: April 21, 2012, 13:12:16 »
Hello Michael,
Those photos bring back memories, although I can't remember if the roads were actually named when I knew them. Do you know if No7 is looking towards Darland Avenue? If so, it is outside of the Detention Barracks and one of those huts was a NAAFI in 1944. No8 looks like the Singles Block or the Sick Quarters of the Detention Barracks, and No3 looks like what I remember as the Dining Hall at the east end of the Detention Barracks Parade ground. Problem is, I'm not sure if we're talking about the same parade ground, all the buildings were to the same style, and I'm sure the same colour as when I knew them.

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Re: Gordon Barracks, Gillingham
« Reply #39 on: April 21, 2012, 12:39:36 »
Thank you for sharing your memories with us  :)

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« Reply #38 on: April 21, 2012, 12:14:34 »
I lived in Gordon Barracks, age 3-7, 1963-1968. My dad was a staff sergent in the engineers.We lived at 12 and13 kirky ? (spelling) terrace, they were tin huts/houses,  9 kids in the family !
I have fond memories of living in the barracks and what i think was a training area that went as far as bowaters roundabout. The entrance gate/barrier was on Darland Avenue. Darland Banks was a favorite area for us also.
One of my less favorite memories was sliding down a sheet of corrugated iron that covered the entry to one of the bomb shelters, it caved in and i ended up at the bottom of the steps, i had banged my head quite badly and was terrified, im not sure if i knew it was a bomb shelter at the time when the earth opening up and swallowing me, it was a bit of a surprise, a bigger kid carried me home and all was well in the end.
The roads didn't seem to have any moving traffic in the baracks, there wernt many cars about then, some cars that were about were bull nosed type cars where the doors open the opposite way, me and a girl from over the road would eat peas from the pod, uncooked i think ? while sitting in one of these old fashioned cars. A time of innocence and happiness :)
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« Reply #37 on: March 06, 2012, 21:54:21 »
Taking Valentine Drive and Saracen Close as the North Boundary of the Detention Barracks and its other 3 sides as Bailey Drive, to the north was the Singles Block and Sick Quarters, to the east was the Cookhouse/Dining Hall and possibly some accommodation huts, to the south was accommodation huts and to the west was, I think, admin huts. The entrance was where Centurion Close is. So the dip is where the parade ground was in 1944-1945, perhaps with its east end under the cookhouse, and was definitely flat ground with ‘Soldiers under Sentence’ getting worked almost to death by doubling with backpacks full of bricks. (In fact that did happen to a Rifleman Clayton in the middle of the war, and caused a major uproar regarding conditions in the barracks).

Even going in there as a civilian, it was an unpleasant place to be.

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