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The following is a list of names of those known to have served at RAF Worth Matravers during the period early 1948 to mid 1951:-
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\par     Russ Allen                    Tony Griffiths(memory man)        Nob Noden   
. \par     Tony Annetts                W.O.Ted Horrigan                     Taff Nicholls
.\par     Cpl.Lofty Barnes(MT)  Geordie Henderson                      ? Rawlinson     
.\par     John Buffrey                 Ron Hollyer                                Bob Russell    
.\par     Flt.Lt.Jack Badcock     Cpl.Johnny Johnson(MT)            Sgt.Rowe(MT)                   
.\par     Bonzo(Nickname)        Johnny Kentfield                         Selwyn(Cook)
.\par     Cliff Bastin                   Cpl.Bob Kemp                           Sgt.Jock Shepherd
.\par     Nobby Clarke              Mick Langford                            Tommy Tighe(Telephonist)
.\par     Andy Cooke                 Bob Love                                    Dudley Wright            
.\par                                         Flt.Lt.Lawrence                            Fg.Off.Whitlock
.\par       ?  Donnithorne            Flt.Lt.Le Crerar(C.O.)                     ?  White   
.\par       ?  Davidson                W.O.Frank Legg                          Flt.Lt.White(C.O.)        
.\par     Ron Evans                    Tom Large                                   Paddy Boylan(Stores)
.\par     Cpl.Chris Gannon         Colin Moscrop                            Mick Poole                
.\par       ?  Gannon(Firefighter) Pete McCabe                              Paddy Pender    
.\par       ?  Gannon(Cook)        Ken Naggs(Hypnotist)                 Al Painter                    
.\par       ?  Pierson-Webber                                                                          
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.                              Civilians                             NAAFI Staff
.\par \par                                Pop Bowen                         Mrs.Carrick
.\par                                Frank Dory                          Miss Whitworth
.\par                                Gusty Gale                           Kitty
.\par                                John Reddyhoff                    Gladys
.\par                                Phil Renner                          Miss Stiby
.\par                                Lofty Riddell\par
.                              Fred Robinson\par
.                              Harry Scanes.\par
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I was posted to RAF Worth Matravers early in 1948 after completion of the initial "square bashing" followed by a 12 months radar course at RAF Yatesbury. The accomodation at that time was in a rather dilapidated state. I was assigned to a watch in the Transmitter block; a three watch system was in operation (i.e. 56 hours per week): At one stage, owing to staff shortages, we resorted to a 2 watch system(24 on 24 off)i.e.84 hours per week, for a period of about 6 weeks. In spite of the long hours worked I thought that moral was surprisingly high.
\par           I recall that at that time, James`s farm (Renscome Farm I believe is the correct name) served Tea and buns - probably a legacy from the TRE days before the RAF and NAAFI moved in.
\par \par          I was due for demob. in April 1948 but decided to extend my period of National Service by 12 months under a scheme that was introduced due to staff shortages. To the best of my recollection, it was about mid 1948 I was promoted to acting Corporal.
\par          By the time my eventual demob. became due, the Air Ministry were recruiting civilian Radio Technicians, so I decided to apply for a post; my application was succesful so I remained at Worth Matravers as a civilian until early 1950 when I resigned from the Air Ministry employment and finally left the station. I have many memories of events at Worth and hope to post some of them on this site as time permits.
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                                                                                                                                                                                      Chris Gannon,February 2013.
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Extract from `E` Mail sent to Keith Mason (Winterberg site):- Hi Keith; it`s a great idea to link your site http://www.kemglen.talktalk.net/winterberg/letters.html to my Worth Matravers site - to enable colleagues who served at both stations to establish contact.You may remember Jock Shepherd (Sgt) and Bob Kemp (Cpl) who ran the operator training course at Worth at the time of my departure.
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Christian Hi,\par I read with interest your account of your time at RAF Worth Matravers.\par The photos are very interesting--airmen and eqpt.\par My father was stationed at the station during the War and had a good experience there.\par He was accompanied whilst there by my mother and babies myself(1946)delivered by\par the local midwife who wsa also the Postmistress and my elder brother Chris(1944),born\par in a village close by(name escapes me at the moment).\par He shared a few stories of the time there but the official secret act held him in check!\par Life was good at Worth and so he wanted to prolong his service on condition that\par he would be stationed at Worth alas it wasn`t to be\par He was one of the few people who were seconded from the GPO Telephones to the RAF,\par When upon demob he was paid his civilian(GPO) pay back dated to his secondment date (which apparently was a\par surprise).\par Down payment for my childhood home I venture to Guess, I will never know as he gave up the ghost in 1995 after a\par long and interesting journey.We have no photos except one in uniform at the front in Swanage.\par My father was a canadian on a long visit to England when the war broke out.\par ---So GPO-RAF-GPO.\par \par                               Bruce Tomlinson \par

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Re:RAF Worth Matravers. Many thanks for your `E`mail on subject matter; I am pleased to hear that you found the web site interesting. Unfortunately, my Gallery is corrupt at the moment with two images missing and\par the names missing from most of the pictures but I hope to resolve the problem shortly. Your father was at Worth before my time - if he was seconded to the RAF,presumably he worked on the "Gee" equipment. I can\par understand him wanting to stay at Worth; I too was very happy there. The village you were born in was probably Worth Matravers which was only about three quarters of a mile from the station; other villages a little further\par away were Langton Matravers and Kingston. I attach the only picture I have of Worth Matravers village which you may be interested in. If you have no objections, I would like to enter your `E` mail in my web site\par Correspondence page. Kind regards, Chris Gannon.(Sept 2013)

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RAF-WORTH MATRAVERS.\par Chris,Hi,\par I have no objections,so please do so.\par I was born in the cottage `The Knole` not far from the Square and Compass, my father when first stationed there was\par billeted in a stone cottage `The Sea Breeze which is located in the fields towards the Channel, hidden inside a high \par loose stone walled garden. Large work horses in these fields used to nuzzle and follow him to and fro on shift change,\par when they were not working themselves in the fields with the Farmer.\par He made little mention of his official duties just stories he thought as children we would be interested in, I now \par have many questions which cannot be answered.\par \par In our home library he had `Thompson Sub Machine handbook` this document was not to be read by us(but was)\par which led to questions from small boys. Well it was expected that German commando raids would probably take place,\par equipment and personnel needed to be protected at all costs,hence training in the art of warfare and the care and use\par of weapons for technical personnel was called for,(he kept the book on the Thompson). He must have a large fine\par owing to the RAF library.\par \par I do have a couple more of his stories,\par Bruce.(October 2013)

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My mother, then Florence Jones,now Popham,worked as a radar operator during 1944 ish she recalls, when peace was declared,she stayed in Cliff house, Swanage,in the nursery. We all wonder if there are still people from\par then and there, as alive and well as my parents? We also wonder if the underground station is in fact still there? or now filled in. Kind regards, David. Sent from David Pophams phone.(December 2013)

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Many thanks for your `E`mail;I must confess that, in view of our age,I was surprised but pleased to hear from someone who was at Worth Matravers before my time; nice to hear that your parents are still keeping well.\par If your mother was a Radar Operator and worked in an underground building,I presume she was with TRE(Telecommunications Research Establishment) and worked on the radar site near the cliff edge. My web site was \par previously intended to establish contacts with anyone at Worth Matravers during my time there but will include anyone before that date and may well enable older veterans (like your mother) to make contacts, so, with \par your permission,I will include your `E` mail in the Correspondence Page. There is a lot of interesting history of RAF Worth Matravers. The TRE Establishment was moved (I believe in the early 1940`s) to Malvern as the\par Worth Matravers location was too vulnerable in the event of an invasion. I was not aware of the underground building as I was employed at the main domestic site where the GEE system was operational. Kind Regards, Chris Gannon (December 2013)\par


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Yes,it is great that both my parents are still alive and well and living together in their own home.\par I am happy for you to use my email address and I will tell my mother, I feel sure she will be able to\par clarify her role etc. Thank you for your kind response. David. (December 2013)\par


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