Explore the London Blitz with Bomb Sight web-mapping

Builders continue to uncover unexploded WW2 bombs in London building sites. The London Evening Standard reported on the finding of a 500lb just last week.

Below is a photo of the bomb, and a screen capture of a website and phone app that shows bomb locations in London. Click on the map screen capture to link to the website. We mostly know that many thousands of bombs were dropped on London, to see this in the Bomb Sight onscreen map is a reminder of those numbers.

Here’s what the authors of the website say about their website,

The Bomb Sight project is mapping the London WW2 bomb census between 7/10/1940 and 06/06/1941. Previously available only by viewing in the Reading Room at The National Archives, Bomb Sight is making the maps available to citizen researchers, academics and students. They will be able to explore where the bombs fell and to discover memories and photographs from the period.

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Decoding a notice on the fence of the Pirbright Ranges

Readers will know of my regular walk from Lightwater to Deepcut, and that it provides a source of blog posts – mostly nature-related. On my last walk I spotted a new notice on the fence of the Pirbright Ranges. It was near the the junction of Old Bisley Road with the Maultway. Here’s the notice, and the explanation of the notice is below the photo.


What’s the meaning of the notice HDPRCC 5 Miler? Pretty easy to think it’s related to a run or a walk. But what is HDPRCC? A Google search reveals that it’s connected with the Army Training Centre at Pirbright.

The HDPRCC stands for Household Division and Parachute Regiment Centralized Courses. Good to know we’ll still have soldiers in our borough after the Army leave Princess Royal Barracks.

An independent source of of news on UK defence matters

The UK Defence Journal website provides an impartial news source on all things related to UK defence – sea, air, and land.

uk-defence-journalIt’s value as a news source is it’s objectivity and professionalism, a useful counter to the more sensationalist articles appearing in the press, online and TV based media.

Particularly useful is their reporting countering the view that the new Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will come into service without aircraft – see HERE, and HERE. [Click on image to link to the website].

Remembrance services in Surrey Heath 2016

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced the Remembrance Sunday services in the borough with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor in attendance.

Surrey Heath will pay tribute to those involved in the First and Second World War, as well as more recent conflicts, during Remembrance Sunday services planned across the borough on 13 November.

The May7-churchwarden-david-hawkins-reads-the-namesor of Surrey Heath Cllr John Winterton will attend All Saint’s Church, Lightwater at 10.15 am.

He will later visit St Michael’s Church, Camberley, together with Chief Executive Karen Whelan, for a 2.0 pm service.

A parade including The Mayor, Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Major General Paul Nanson CBE, and SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan, will then be held along the A30 London Road from approximately 3.0 pm. Wreaths will be laid at the war memorial outside the RMA entrance in Camberley. Surrey Heath MP Michael Gove is also due to attend.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Valerie White will attend St John the Baptist, Windlesham, from 10.0 am. At 2.0 pm she will then visit St Lawrence Church, Chobham.

The Remembrance Sunday services are organised by the Royal British Legion, with Surrey Heath Borough Council and the military working together to support the event.

My photo of Lightwater Remembrance Sunday service in 2014.

A Heritage Open Day visit to The Prince Consort’s Library, Aldershot

I wonder where you visited over the Heritage Open Days. We’ve been to most of the local places over the years, and some further away [type heritage open days into the search box to view the reports of our past visits].

This year we’ve only managed one heritage Open Day visit. It was to The Prince Consort’s Library in Aldershot [see also Wikipedia entry].

The Grade II listed library, built in 1860, remains very much as it was in Victorian times. Being part of the Army Library service it ‘s not open to the public, except on Heritage Open Days. I know it’s a year away till the next Open Day, but do go. Paul Vickers, the previous Librarian, gave an entertaining talk on the history of the library, and the quirky stories about the early Librarians. Here a few photos, and my video of our visit that also includes brief conversations with the current Librarian, Tim Ward.

All six of the Royal Navy’s destroyers in Portsmouth naval harbour

When we caught the Condor ferry to Guernsey from Portsmouth just a couple of weeks ago, I wrote of being surprised at seeing three of the Navy’s Type 45 destroyers in Portsmouth Naval Dockyard. Here’s my photo of two of them HMS Dauntless and Diamond in dock.

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The Daily Mail reports, in Who’s guarding the oceans, that all six of the Type 45 Destroyers are now in Portsmouth Naval Dockyard.

Surely, this is not what we have a Navy for. If they need to be in dock, why not send a few of them around the world. How about placing one in Gibraltar, another in either of Lithuania, Latvia, or Estonia, and another on a courtesy visit to Japan. Isn’t this why we spend over £1 billion on each of them, to project British naval power.

Oh, and please can we have one patrolling our eastern sea borders and the channel. That’ll put off the people smugglers and the illegal fishing boats.

My photo evidence of Royal Navy ships in Portsmouth

My short article on the number of the Royal Navy ships in Portsmouth has gathered some interest. I thought, therefore, that it would be useful if I posted my photographic evidence of the ships in harbour, or just outside harbour. All the photos were taken in early morning of 7th July.