SMHS Meeting - Members' Evening

17 Jul 2013

Our July meeting was Members' Night and we were delighted to welcome two new members, Gary and Jill, who had previously attended our Study Day 2012 at Newhaven Fort and become reacquainted with us at Seahaven Armed Forces Day in June this year.

Members' night is a melting pot of books, scrap books, models, computer presentations, displays of research, family history, photos - a chance for each member to bring forth something which inspires their interest in military history to share with the group.

Stewart opened with a look back at photographs of the Aux Unit operational base for the Hellingly Patrol sited within Park Wood, adjacent to the old hospital, which was partially excavated in the late 1990's.

Mike had come across a suitcase from the loft” and discovered a series of documents which he displayed.

We all admired Ed's sketchbook. Ed sketches the projects we are involved in and his sketchbook is now itself a valuable resource documenting the Society's efforts to restore and maintain military sites in the area. Good work Ed!

Peter passed around his updated research into the tragic Cuckmere Haven incident of 1942.

Honorary Member Ron Martin, a surveyor, had an impressive display of his drawings; most notably Kingstanding, Shoreham Airport and a curious air-raid shelter in Roedean.

Pete showed us his recent shrapnel finds following a visit to a former firing range, he discovered documented in a war diary. Thankfully he left the live ordnance on the range for the Police to resolve!

Ray had newspaper cuttings of Reserve Forces in the Brighton area and Geoff of a Derby” race run by Servicemen injured in The Great War.

John had come by a fire extinguisher from a Halifax Bomber, doubtless numerous SMHS members are hoping the serial number will lead us to the actual plane this was sourced from.

Thankfully the Royal Oak stays open late as the Members had plenty to talk about and were in no rush to go home!

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7.30pm for 8.00pm start
Function Room of the
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