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    Photo taken by Ron Kennedy and sent to me by Fred Pearce



    The plaque is located on the Town Council office at Watchet, seen here;
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&so...,290.36,,0,3.5

    Does anyone have any more info about it?

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    Not too much really but I was born in Williton in 1948 whilst my father Alexander Ross was a Rockape AAGunner stationed there.

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    This is the area in 1946.
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    Two memebers of the RAF who were stationed here were Brian Clough and Peter Alliss.

    I saw an item on ceefax the other day that Watchet is to actually get a war memorial this year. I find it amazing that having dead from both world wars that it didnt already have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canberra View Post
    Two memebers of the RAF who were stationed here were Brian Clough and Peter Alliss.

    I saw an item on ceefax the other day that Watchet is to actually get a war memorial this year. I find it amazing that having dead from both world wars that it didnt already have one.
    It may be related to the fact that RAF Watchet was located at Doniford ?

    My Mothers relatives moved into the area during the early 1970's and my recollection of discussions on the paying side of the bar had been that it had been originally an Army camp gunnery range prior to the 1940's and was then a towed gunnery range with the tugs flying from Bridgewater that was called RAF Weston Zoyland.

    I would expect Watchet to have a war mamorial but it may not have had one for RAF Watchet that had been a couple miles further east of Watchet Town.

    What I understood to be Doniford camp had been converted into a holiday village.

    The nearest railway halts had been at Williton or Watchet.

    I also believe that the USAAF had taken over Weston Zoyland for one of their transport groups.
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    Weston Toyland. I like that.

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    There had once been other railway connections closer the old West Somerset railway ran out onto the pier & from there off into the Brendan Hills.

    Just chucked this in for you history buffs http://www.westsomersetmineralrailwa...es-to-explore/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ossington_2008 View Post
    Weston Toyland. I like that.
    Found a cricket club link from the Weston area that appears to have a history back ground to their playing field that may be located either on or very near to the old airfield.

    http://www.middlezoyroversfc.co.uk/#...und/4543789984

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    [QUOTE=canberra;147515]Two memebers of the RAF who were stationed here were Brian Clough and Peter Alliss.

    Your prompt above reminded me of the attached website which is a rewarding tribute to all of you who took the Queens Shilling and wore the Queens Linen.

    http://www.forcesreunited.org.uk/nam...F-Watchet.html

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    Sniff....My Drawers, Cellular, 23B/290 were made from cotton, not linen.....

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