Unexploded Bombs and Doodle Bugs
Wartime Memories of a Teenager
Does any one have pictures of wartime Benfleet?
The Wartime memories of a teenage boy and the exciting time he had.
Watching Typhon aircraft destroy German V2 rockets over the Thames and the near miss when one landed close to his Grandmother’s home are just two of the vivid memories recalled in this piece.
Recorded January 2011
John Marrison also recalled how the Boyce Hill Golf Club was used as a Bren gun carrier and motor cycle dispatch rider training ground, with the whole course reduced to a muddy mess. Search lights, anti aircraft guns and machine guns were put in place on the edge of the golf course. Four flat areas were cut into the hillside in the back gardens of Kings Road for the guns to stand on. The guns and the searchlight were manned by ATS girls who used the golf club as a barracks. One of the houses at the entrance of the golf club was used as an officers mess.
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