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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: davew3] #342131
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davew3,

Good fun eh! I don't remember the army being stationed there, but do remember when the T.A. (I guess)being billeted next door, closer to Wallasey end of the cinder track & performing sentry duty using pickaxe handles instead of Lee Enfields?

After it rained we used to go & collect shell cases from between the fencing & the sandhills. Must have had hundreds of 9mm & .45" shall cases at home.

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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: jimbob] #343912
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Here's a pic of a 3.7" gun & crew. There were 4 of these at Storeton.
The pic. is from the book "Roof over Britain", published in 1943 by the Ministry of Information. It's one of a number of papers & books which I got recently from diggingdeeper: thanks, DD.
Quite a number of similar books were published during the war, presumably to keep morale up. Most of them had the following message on the publication page. "There are many men and women in the Forces who would welcome a chance of reading this book. If you hand it in to the nearest Post Office, it will go to them".

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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: chriskay] #344015
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That's a lot of rifling down that barrel, I have never spotted that before. No wonder the barrels get warm!


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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: diggingdeeper] #344378
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In the same series, I have Coastal Command, Fleet Air Arm, Bomber Command and Railways at War. I bought them over 30 years ago (shock horror) in Leeds, they all made interesting reads.

Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: w10694] #345056
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Must say after reading through this thread about Storeton an Raby Gun sites I'll have to add some info, my father used to farm the land around these sites and as a kid used to see the remains of the above sites, we are talking 35 years ago and even then you could just pick out the foundations in the land, there was also a GL ramp by the pillbox on brimstage road just before Clatterbridge roundabout but no longer exists only in the last 15 years has that been knocked flat, also talking to the old generation from Thornton Hough they said on the private roads or the "private drives" as we called them where all the long rows of elm tree's used to be was where all the armoured vehicles used to be stored apparently there was miles of them, my first job was working for Lord Leverhulme in Thornton Hough and our workshop was the same one as the troops used to repair the vehicles even the work pit is still there. seeing those letters to Mr Williams brought back memories as he used to be my boss before he retired, I used to listen to the old uns for hours talking about the german bombers starting their bombing runs over Storeton and Thornton Hough one guy stil live up Rocklands Lane and can still remember them like it was yesterday. Quality thread guys if i can dig up more stuff about the area will deffo put it up on here

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Yes please anything you can find.

Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: davew3] #345539
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Does anyone have any information on the site that we used to call the 'Rabbit Warren' in Storeton. It is a mass of pine trees at the moment, but there are still the drains and footings in the woods, but I do not know what was actually there.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Without being nasty but have you checked page 2 of the maps in the this commentry, is this the same area,otherwise whereabouts in Storeton.

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the gun emplacement was at the top of red hill rd storeton ,still concrete next to the road opposite travelers rest

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the rabbit warren was of of lever causeway 1/2 way down on the right it was a bunker coplex I used to play on it as a kid ,think its flattened now ,still some sites at the backof storeton woods off of rest hill rd heading to brimstage ,think it was a compound for ack ack ?

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Originally Posted by marvelwear
the gun emplacement was at the top of red hill rd storeton ,still concrete next to the road opposite travelers rest


That would be Rest Hill Rd then.


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Originally Posted by marvelwear
still some sites at the backof storeton woods off of rest hill rd heading to brimstage ,think it was a compound for ack ack ?


See page 2


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Re: Wirral gun sites from the second world war [Re: Morseman] #422911
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does anyone have any pics or information of the anti-aircraft gunsites, that were where the roundabouts are on new brighton seafront.
near the boating pool,at the bottom of harrison drive from memory,i remember them from a kid but can find know record of them anywhere.
i found the pic of dalmorton rd very interesting as i used to live there

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Welcome to the machine. I remember seeing pictures of a rocket battery at Leasowe or Harrison Drive. Anyone got any links?


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I've been looking for pictures but haven't found any, the location of the gunsite was further inland than the roundabouts, by the brick wall infront of the tower block.

The other gunsite was further west, way past the Derby Pool and is still known as the Gunsite Car Park. Likewise I have no pictures for this site either.


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