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Saturday, 21 June 2014 14:14 Write a comment

Hi I was just browsing on the PC and came across your page, I now live in Australia, about 60 miles south of Brisbane at Surfers Paradise and my home town is Folkestone.

During the war we went to Bideford in Devon until about 1943 and we lived at 113 Surrenden Road and the place was swamped with Canadians.

The fields at the top of the road towards the hills were full of AA Guns and the brickworks were just over the back of the fields and there was a very deep pit full of water with old fuel tanks from aircraft that made great rafts. This was Quested Brickworks as I remember, and a great place to play until my mum found out.

Hawkinge Aerodrome was up the top of the hills and was attacked on many occasions and your picture of bombs in the sea was possibly due to German aircraft dumping them anywhere to increase speed of getaway.


My grandparents were Mayor/Mayoress George and Matilda Gurr killed by a parachute mine on 29th May 1941 and my father was Police Sergeant Ernest Walter Swann who escape with injuries and was killed in a cricketing accident in August 1947 due to a fractured skull from being blown up by the parachute mine.

Incidentally the bunker down the Road of Remembrance was something to do with the Navy because I saw a sailor complete with webbing and rifle doing sentry duty outside the door but that was all.

I hope this was of some interest, Cheers Colin
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