Benfleet Man Witness to Atomic Bomb Tests
On Christmas Island 1958 - 1959
Ernie Rogers joined the regular Army in 1957 and joined the ranks of the Royal Engineers. In 1958 -1959 he along with many other soldiers witnessed three atomic bomb tests on Christmas Island, many of these men have suffered ill health as a result of these tests.
When on leave they were allowed to take a flight over to Hawaii but most of the men didn’t have the money for that, so Ernie and his mate Ken Pile would take an army truck and live ‘wild’ for a couple of weeks away from the army camp.
The Duke of Edinburgh came to visit Christmas Island.
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