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1) Anthony Surridge  Male
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Friday, 22 August 2014 09:21 Write a comment

Hello, My father was an RSM with 2nd Bn The Buffs during WW2 and towards the end of WW2 my mother, two brothers and I lived in one of the two warrant offer's quarters which are only yards to the west of the large military church at Shorncliffe (now a theatre). The houses are still there. I can remember (1947) starting school at the age of 5 in the Shorncliffe primary school (I think it was called the Sir John Moore's School) which was located in the grass to the north side of, but close to, the church. Close to where we lived (at the Shorncliffe terminal bus-stop of the old East Kent Route 99) was a post office and a large building which served as an 'over-ranks' mess.I'm sure it was called Montgomery Home. On the grass, close to the school were two bungalows which were used as Officers' married quarters. I can remember that a captain (of the Education Corps) lived in one,with his family, because I started school with his eldest son. I can remember the Sunday morning church parades which were held on the playing fields just south of our house. We watched from my bedroom window. The soldiers would then march into the large military church. Except for my own times in the forces, and absence due to business, I have lived in the Folkestone vicinity ever since and have witnessed many changes.

George.Hills Saturday, 30 January 2016 10:42
Hi yes you have got the name of the large building right it was indeed called Montgomery home.I lived for many years in Risboro Lane just up from the Victoria pub and and can remember what was called the manage where the Cavalry used to train.Now of course married quarters.
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