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Name:
Dennis Ryan (drbr@hotmail.co.uk)
Date:Wed 02 Dec 2015 17:36:49 GMT
Subject:Camp at West Byfleet
 


Comments: can anyone help me find my past, I am researching my family history and came across an identity card with the address of: Hut 10 The Camp, Sheerwater road West Byfleet. It was stamp 13th Apr 1951

I remember as a young lad living in a Nissan Hut in the middle of a wood for some time, but not able to find anything about it on line. Kind regards

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Name:
Richard Hale (richyhale@yahoo.co.uk)
Date:Wed 02 Dec 2015 10:16:09 GMT
Subject:New On-Line Ordnance Survey Map Resource
 

The National Library of Scotland have added an on-line searchable map data base to their website. Very high quality maps of Byfleet are included. For those interested they are available at;

http://maps.nls.uk/os/25inch-england-and-wales/index.html

The maps are very detailed (25 inch and 6 inch format) and and start datewise in the mid 1800's. The maps can be viewed individually as well as in an overlay format.



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Name:
Mike Montague (the.montagues@hotmail.co.uk)
Date:Wed 14 Oct 2015 10:06:56 BST
Subject:Royston Chase
 

Does anyone who lived/lives in Byfleet remember the old house on Oyster Lane called Royston Chase it was a derelict building that we used to play in

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Name:
sylvia mcnulty (nee pullen) (@smcnulty1011@gmail.com)
Date:Thu 16 Jul 2015 09:03:06 BST
Subject:borne and lived in byfleet
 

I am in the school photo, 2nd row from front, 4th girl in!! on the right. My father servered in the local fire brigade for many years. A well known 'plasterer', also he worked for Tarents buiding firm. I was married in St Mary's church and now live in Aylesbury Buckinghamshire.I also attended West Byfleet School
and have many happy memories of my time spent there.

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Name:
Derek Leppard (d.leppard791@btinternet.com@)
Date:Tue 09 Jun 2015 15:33:47 BST
Subject:"American" Tanks in Byfleet
 

The Wikepedia entry for the history of Byfleet - Second World War, contains a paragraph stating that "elderly residence still remember a column of American tanks, stretching from Clock House to the War Memorial, running through the village in the period running up to D-Day. This I believe to be incorrect.

A convoy of Military vehicles of all types did pass through the village during this period and it lasted for two days. During this period pupils at the primary school who lived north of the High St. were told not to attend school. The army obviously did not want small children passing through their convoy with the risks that that entailed. As I lived in Hart Rd. I did not qualify for this holiday bonus. This event does not appear in the West Byfleet school record so I assume children over the age of eleven were deemed old enough to look after themselves.

The "American" identity no doubt arose because all allied vehicles engaged in the invasion wore a large white star on the side and top surfaces for ease of identification. The North American accent which may have be heard would be because the crews were Canadian. I do not think we ever saw Americans in Byfleet.

A couple of days after the convoy passed through we walked up Camp End Rd. in St Georges Hills and saw numerous tanks and military vehicles reversed back off the road in to the undergrowth beneath the trees. In those days of course there were far fewer houses in the area. Obviously this type of deployment must have taken place over a wide area.

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