This (downstream) side of the mill was a popular site for the Canadian Army stationed at Bordon Camp during the war. Almost every day they would be there with their lorries, tanks and motorbikes, ostensibly to wash the vehicles but generally to play! With a ford on this side the game would be to drive at speed into the 9 to 12 inch deep water producing an impressive plume of spray. On one occasion a tank drove close to the mill and became half submerged in a deep hole which had been formed over time by the outfall from the mill's water wheel. These activities were a constant source of excitement to me and all the other kids who passed that way to and from Bordon Council School, the forerunner of Mill Chase.
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