High Halstow Community Site

High Halstow Community Clubs and Organisations


“The War Years”

Mr. Plewis knows of no war damage at all to the church. The nearest bombs to fall were on the marshes and beside the Britannia Inn. The Britannia Inn was near the Bungalow, but nearer the corner of the road than the bungalow. It was damaged in the war when a bomb dropped in the field opposite. Incendiaries dropped one night causing the area from Marsh Gate farm to High Halstow to look like fairy lights.

The Red Dog

Mr Topley was foreman at Lodge Hill. There was a battery in the cricket meadow at Cooling. A framework was constructed at Lodge Hill, with six rockets, their barrels filled with Mills Bombs (36 Bombs). Rangefinders were fired by pushbutton, which was operated by a pocket torch battery. The rockets exploded at a certain height, grenades bursting out which then exploded. The next time enemy aircraft appeared, they were firing twelve rockets instead of six.

Kingsnorth was the centre of airships. There was a royal Air station at Grain. The airships were used for submarine spotting. Grain Fort dates from the time of General Gordon – there was also Shorne Fort and Cliffe Fort. Admiralty oil tanks at Grain were used for refuelling battleships in the First World War. The Thames was often a mass of battleships

This entry was posted in Village History. Bookmark the permalink.


One Response to “The War Years”

  1. Chris Read says:

    I am trying to pinpoint the position of a plane crash from October 1940. I have family ties to a pilot who was killed on the 10th of October 1940, with the crash site of his Hurricane listed as near Shade house/Shade Farm, Cooling Marshes. I wonder if you know exactly where the crash site was? We are hoping to visit as a 100th year memorial, and it would be good to have a better idea of exactly where it is. NB I believe there was an excavation of the site in 198, so this may jog some memories? Any help you can give would be appreciated.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Social Widgets powered by AB-WebLog.com.