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Offline conan

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Re: Air raid 3rd December 1940
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2018, 23:40:06 »
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Re: Air raid 3rd December 1940
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2018, 15:16:39 »
My great grandmother's 2nd husband was killed in this raid on the 3rd Dec 1940 and is listed (UK, WW2 Civilian Deaths 1939 - 1945) along with 6 others who died that day. His name was Andrew Alexander Sang. The other names are:
 
Blakey. Robert -  age 37
Brown. Charles Norman - 20
Burfoot. Albert Spencer - 37
Hedges. Alfred Alban - 19
Higgins. William - 29
Sang. Andrew Alexander - 66
Tranah. Bernard Victor - 41

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Re: Air raid 3rd December 1940
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2011, 22:40:25 »
The number of air raid alerts sounded during the WW11 at Chatham Dockyard was 1,369 and during this period 92 HE bombs, 4 of which were unexploded, and numerous incendiaries, were dropped in the Dockyard. the casualties due to these bombs were 15 killed and 107 wounded. Despite this 1,360 ships were taken in hand for repair, refit, conversions etc., and 10 submarines, a cruiser, 2 mooring vessels, 2 sloops and 2 floating-docks were built plus 64 vessels were fitted out for special service. The  telephone exchange was transferred to a deep underground shelter along with another deep shelter for Yard headquarters for controllong fire parties etc;

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Re: Air raid 3rd December 1940
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Re: Air raid 3rd December 1940
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2010, 14:46:20 »
William George Dockerell
196, Dale Street, Chatham, Kent.

On the night of 3rd December, 1940, an enemy air attack was made on the Dockyard and H.E. bombs fell on the factory.  The Inspector of Engine fitters in charge at the time, who was also Assistant section Commander in the Passive Defence Organisation, was fatally injured and the Chargeman was killed.  These two would in the normal course have taken charge of the situation and their absence left the responsibility with their subordinates.  Four other men were killed outright and 52 injured, 12 of them seriously.
Dockerell was in the Section Passive Defence Headquarters when he heard the explosions.  He went outside and saw brilliant lights showing in the Factory which had been blackened out till then.  He had the lights turned off, ordered an ambulance and in general showed great enterprise, energy and judgement.

The Section Headquarters is shown on this plan as the air-raid shelter opened to the public behind the Storehouse.


George Walter Hitchen
130, Park Road, Sittingbourne, Kent.

On the same occasion, Hitchen, although wounded in the left thigh and cheek, was on his way to Headquarters to make his report, when he met Dockerell.  He gave the first clear account of the situation, returned to the factory to give all the help he could and had later to be removed on a stretcher.  He is still in Hospital.

Reginald Albert Vrolyk

65, Featherby Road, Gillingham, Kent.

Though shaken by explosions which were very close to him, he set to work promptly and showed great zeal and skill as leader of the First Aid Party.

Cecil John Fisher
48, Third Avenue, Gillingham, Kent.

Although slightly wounded in the head he went in darkness to the Gas Defence Station to report the situation in the Factory and thanks to his promptness, all the additional first aid equipment needed was quickly sent.

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Re: Air raid 3rd December 1940
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2010, 16:02:13 »
FROM: ADMIRAL SUPERINTENDANT, H.M. DOCKYARD, CHATHAM.
DATE:  31st December, 1940.
TO:  SECRETARY OF THE ADMIRALTY (H. and A.)

HONOURS AND AWARDS FOR GALLANTRY IN CIVIL DEFENCE.

On the night of the 3rd December, 1940, an enemy air attack was made on the dockyard and H.E. bombs fell in the factory.  The Inspector of Engine Fitters in charge at the time, who was also Assistant Section Commander in the Passive Defence Organisation, was fatally injured, and the Chargeman was killed outright.  Thus, the two subordinate officials who would ordinarily have taken immediate lead in the situation were removed.  Four other men were killed outright and 52 were injured, 12 of them seriously.

2.   It was in these circumstances that
William George DOCKERELL
George Walter HITCHEN
Reginald Albert VROLYK
And
Cecil John FISHER
shewed outstand initiative, coolness and resource at a time of great difficulty.  Deprived, as they were, of the leadership to which they are accustomed, they immediately rose to the occasion and shewed great judgement and courage deserving of the highest praise, especially when it is remembered that for the first time they were confronted with such a situation, involving the mutilation of many of their comrades.  They are recommended for an award.

ADMIRAL SUPERINTENDANT.

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Air raid 3rd December 1940
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2010, 13:51:03 »
ADM 1/11242 - National Archives

The Honours and Awards Committee have carefully considered the claims to recognition of certain Civilians, for courage and good services during an attack by enemy aircraft on H.M.Dockyard, Chatham, and submit the following Awards as appropriate:-

British Empire Medal (Civil)
William George Dockerall, Hired Skilled Labourer.
George Walter Hitchen, Hired Engine Room Fitter.
Commendation
Reginald Albert Vrolyk, Hired Engine room Fitter.
Cecil John Fisher, Hired Engine room Fitter, Member of First Aid Party.
R. Gleadowe
For HEAD OF COMMISSION AND WARRENT BRANC
H.
15th January, 1941.

Information on this incident an also be found here: http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=6680.0

 

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