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My 2nd Great Grandfather
From Parish magazine - Fittleton:-
IN MEMORIAM - JAMES YEATES
On February 2nd the Feast of Purification there passed to his rest one who will be long missed in this parish. James Yeates was born June 18 1817 in the same house in which he passed his whole life and which had been built by his great grandfather and occupied by one of the family ever since. As a lad and young man he worked on Hackleston Farm but in 1857 he took to gardening instead and from this date until he became too infirm he worked as a gardener for various gentlemen in the neighbourhood. He was always very fond of flowers and would often spend his evenings in his home, carving or drawing flowers as gifts for his many friends.
He was all his life a regular communicant and as a young man taught in the Sunday School of this parish and took charge of the children in church. There are those who still remember the... Read more
Small Arms Corps, Netheravon 1941 - 1945
I'm wondering if anyone can provide me with the exact address of the Small Arms Corps (I believe this is the Camp featured), that existed during the Second World War? My father was a weapons instructor stationed in Netheravon between 1941 and 1945, and I'd like to take him on a trip down memory lane in February. I believe the Military no longer exist in Netheravon, but if anyone has any memories of the Small Arms Corps (Infantry Heavy Weapons School), Middlesex Regiment or better still can remember Leslie Fordham (known as Wally), then please get in touch. He fondly talks of Jerry Seed and Georgie Best, and it would be wonderful not only to take him back to Netheravon (we live in Cambridge), but to meet up with others from his past.
Rowes of Netheravon.
As a little girl I remember visiting Auntie Alice and Uncle Bill Rowe. They lived in Vine Cottage just down from the SSW Army Camp. Dad was stationed there after the Second World War, that's where he met my mother Margaret Ada Rowe. We didn't vist much as dad came from Whickham, Co Durham. It must have been around the time of the death of her father Francis William Rowe, he died in 1965 in Salisbury Infirmary. My brother and I were playing ball in Vine Cottage's garden, throwing the ball near the shed where our cousin Alexander Peter George Rowe was fixing his bike, he must have been about 17 at the time. Also, I remember my dad going to a white pub a few minutes away, it might have been called the Dog and Gun (I'm not sure). It was just yesterday I had a chance to visit Amesbury, Salisbury and Stonehenge. Such happy memories...
RAF Police Training 1952
I was a young man of 18, I was stationed at RAF Netheravon for 16 weeks police training, I met some very nice people whilst I was there. I have been back to see the place once since, it is not the same as I remember. I remember driving around the perimeter of the station doing my driving lessons then on to Salisbury to take my driving test, my driving instructor at that time was a Corporal Finlason. I will visit Netheravon again at some time in the near future, hopefully to have a chat with the local people.
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