covenanter recovery

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  1. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    TYU 024.JPG TYU 027.JPG TYU 028.JPG TYU 029.JPG TYU 030.JPG More.
     
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  2. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    TYU 031.JPG TYU 032.JPG TYU 033.JPG TYU 034.JPG TYU 035.JPG TYU 038.JPG TYU 036.JPG TYU 037.JPG Yet more.
     
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  3. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    TYU 039.JPG TYU 040.JPG Last ones.
     
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  4. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    I spent nearly thirty years living in Dorking and walked the area many, many times, I once found the remains of some practice trenches and a few 1940 cartridge cases at the edge of some woodland in Dorking but this trumps everything I ever found.
     
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  5. rick wedlock

    rick wedlock Member

    i'm going back in september to look for more :)
     
  6. Seroster

    Seroster Desert-mad!

    For more tanks? That's brilliant!
     
  7. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    I have located my carton of cartridges and bullets that I found many years ago on the Nower in Dorking. Some are clearly blank rounds but there is clear evidence of live firing. Most of the cartridges seem to date from 1941, '42 or '43. Dorking 001.JPG Dorking 002.JPG Dorking 005.JPG
     
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  8. rick wedlock

    rick wedlock Member

    a local chap involved in the recovery told me the old quarry was used for demolition training and the kids would often pick up unexploded mortar bombs and chuck them from the edge of the quarry to get then to detonate :)
     
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  9. SDP

    SDP Senior Member Patron

    Brilliant. Sounds like fun! I guess it made a change from the old 'put the bullet in a vice, place the sharp end of a nail on the detonator bit and hit it with a hammer' game.
     
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  10. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Milton Heath 015.JPG Back in Dorking this week and I have been over to the disused trenches on Milton Heath near the Nower. The practice trenches are visible but very overgrown at this time of year and not easy to photograph in the evening light.
     
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  11. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    More.
     

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  12. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    There is an old wall very close to the practice trenches that appears to have a hand painted Brigade sign on it, possibly as a memorial. The tree has some graffiti carved into it which may or may not have some relevance.
     

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  13. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    Dorking tank recovery is obviously easier than it looks as I stumbled across a second tank in the undergrowth, admittedly of a more common variant than the Covenanter. I very much doubt that it will be on display at the Denbies Vineyard
     

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  14. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    A few more.
     

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  15. Seroster

    Seroster Desert-mad!

    What did you identify it as? I certainly can't figure it out from a single corner :)
     
  16. High Wood

    High Wood Well-Known Member

    It is clearly a Mk IV DUDC LT* dating from the late 1930s and has thicker armoured plate than the Mk III.

    * Dorking Urban District Council Loft Tank.
     
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  17. 8RB

    8RB Active Member

    Does not immediately ring a bell. Any photos available?
     
  18. ploughman

    ploughman Junior Member

    Yes
    4 posts above.
     

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