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#401 John Hartley

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 09:18 AM

QUOTE (Graeme Fisher @ Aug 18 2005, 11:29 PM)
If anyone could confirm its existence or demise, I'd be grateful

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Presumably still in existance, Google revealing that it is now home to John Branthwaite Ltd, a supplier of laundry and dry cleaning supplies.

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Posted 19 August 2005 - 12:57 PM

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Continuing my research on pubs with military connections I have:

The Drill Hall Vaults
1 Newland Street
Derby.

Can you tell me which unit(s) might be connected with the building?


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Posted 20 August 2005 - 12:02 AM

QUOTE (HERITAGE PLUS @ Aug 19 2005, 12:57 PM)
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Continuing my research on pubs with military connections I have:

The Drill Hall Vaults
1 Newland Street
Derby.

Can you tell me which unit(s) might be connected with the building?
Dave


Dave

This pub is round the corner from the site of the drill hall in Becket street, home of the 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbyshire Regiment) in 1914; 'head quarters [plus A, B, C & D Cos.], Royal Drill hall, Becket street.

The drill hall's gone; replaced by, if memory serves, a telephone exchange or sorting office, but the pub's still there.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 20 August 2005 - 12:09 AM

QUOTE (John_Hartley @ Aug 19 2005, 09:18 AM)
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Presumably still in existance, Google revealing that it is now home to John Branthwaite Ltd, a supplier of laundry and dry cleaning supplies.

John


Thanks, John.

I occasionally chuck something into Google, but I hadn't done this one.

3600 entries in the database would take up some time.....

Thanks for finding this for me.

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 09:10 PM

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Many thanks just what I needed.
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Posted 23 August 2005 - 11:48 PM

Hello all,
Just noticed this while browsing the site. Anyway here are the addresses of the Drill Halls extracted from "Robert Wards Naval & Military Directory for Newcastle & Durham - July 1910";-
Northumberland Hussars;-
H.Q. & 'A' Sqdn - Riding School, Northumberland Rd, Newcastle.
'B' Sqdn - Woodside House, South Shields.
'C' Sqdn - Fenwick Grove, Morpeth.
'D' Sqdn - Causey Hill Farm, Hexham.

1st Northumbrian Bde, R.F.A.(T.F.);-
H.Q. - Drill Hall, Barrack Rd, Newcastle.
1st & 2nd Northumberland Bty's - Drill Hall, Barrack Rd, Newcastle.
3nd Northumberland Bty - Drill Hall, Dunn St, Newcastle.
1st Northumbrian Ammunition Column - Drill Hall, Barrack Rd, Newcastle.

Northumbrian Divisional Royal Engineers(T.F.);-
H.Q. - Barras Bridge, Newcastle.
1st & 2nd Northumbrian Field Coy's - Barras Bridge, Newcastle.
Northern Divisional Telegraph Coy - Barras Bridge, Newcastle.

6th Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers(T.F.);-
H.Q. - St.Georges Drill Hall, Newcastle.
'A'; 'B'; 'C'; 'D'; 'E'; 'F'; 'G' & 'H' Coy's - St.Georges Drill Hall, Newcastle.

Northumbrian Divisional Transport & Supply Column, A.S.C.(T.F.);-
H.Q. - St.Georges Drill Hall, Newcastle.
Divisional(H.Q.)Coy & Northumberland Bde Coy - St.Georges Drill Hall, Newcastle.
Durham L.I. Bde Coy - Drill Hall, The Green, Sunderland.

Northumbrian Division, R.A.M.C.(T.F.);-
1st Northumbrian Field Ambulance - Cambridge Hall, Newcastle.
1st Northern General Hospital - Cambridge Hall, Newcastle.
Northumbrian School of Instruction - Cambridge Hall, Newcastle.

Northern Cyclist Battalion;-
H.Q. - 7 Ridley Place, Newcastle(temporary).
'A' & 'B' Coy's - Drill Hall, Southwick, Sunderland.
'C' Coy - Drill Hall, Naval Barracks, Hartlepool.
'D' Coy - Chester-le-Street(temporary).
'E' & 'H' Coy's - Cambridge Hall, Newcastle.
'F' Coy - Drill Hall, Gosforth.
'G' Coy - Drill Hall, Whitley Bay.

7th Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers(T.F.);-
H.Q. & 'D' Coy - 14 Fenckle St, Alnwick.
'A' Coy - Copper Chare, Morpeth.
'B' Coy - Drill Hall, Ashington.
'C' Coy - Armoury, High St, Belford.
'E' Coy - Drill Hall, Amble.
'G' & 'H' Coy's - Ravensdowne, Berwick-upon-Tweed.

6th Bn, Durham L.I.(T.F.);-
H.Q., 'A' & 'B' Coy's - The Drill Hall, Union St, Bishop Auckland.
'C' Coy - The Armoury, Spennymoor.
'D' Coy - The Armoury, Crook.
'E' Coy - The Armoury, Stanhope.
'F' Coy - The Armoury, King St, Barnard Castle.
'G' & 'H' Coy's - The Armoury, Edith St, Consett.

3rd Northumbrian(County of Durham)Bde,R.F.A.(T.F.);-
2nd Durham Bty(right half battery) - The Barracks, Gilesgate, Durham City.

Durham L.I. Infantry Bde;-
H.Q. - Old Elvet, Durham City.

8th Bn, Durham L.I.(T.F.);-
H.Q.; 'A' & 'B' Coy's - Drill Hall, Gilesgate, Durham City.
'C' Coy - Lumley Tce, Chester-le-Street.
'D' Coy - Drill Hall, Birtley.
'E' Coy - The Armoury, Beamish.
'F' Coy - Drill Hall, Stanley.
'G' Coy - The Armoury's, Washington & Houghton-le-Spring.
'H' Coy - Drill Hall, Hamsteels.

Durham(Fortress)R.E.(T.F.);-
No.3 Coy - Drill Hall, Elm Grove, Alexandra Rd, Gatshead.

9th Bn, Durham L.I.(T.F.);-
H.Q.; 'A'; 'B'; 'C' & 'D' Coy's - Drill Hall, Burt Tce, Gateshead.
'E' Coy - Drill Hall, Felling.
'F' Coy - Drill Hall, Chopwell.
'G' & 'H' Coy's - Drill Hall, Blaydon.

Northumbrian Divisional Transport & Supply Column, A.S.C.(T.F.);-
Divisional H.Q. Coy - Angus Hall, Gateshead.

4th Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers(T.F.);-
H.Q.; 'A' & 'G' Coy's - The Armoury, Battle Hill, Hexham.
'B' Coy - The Armoury, Bellingham.
'C' Coy - John Martin St, Haydon Bridge.
'D' & 'H' Coy's - The Armoury, 6 Vane Tce, Prudhoe.
'E' Coy - Drill Hall, Corbridge.
'F' Coy - The Armoury, Town Hall Crescent, Haltwhistle.

Durham, R.G.A.(T.F.);-
H.Q. - The Armoury, West Hartlepool.
Heavy Bty; No.I & No.II Coy's - Drill Hall, The Green, Sunderland.
No.III; No.IV; No.V & No.VI Coy's - The Armoury, West Hartlepool.

3rd Northumbrian(County of Durham)Bde,R.F.A.(T.F.);-
3rd Durham Bty - The Armoury, West Hartlepool.

Durham(Fortress)R.E.(T.F.);-
H.Q.; No.1 & No.2 Coy's - Drill Hall, Western Rd, Jarrow.

3rd Northumbrian(County of Durham)Bde,R.F.A.;-
H.Q. & 1st Durham Bty - Drill Hall, Seaham Harbour.
3rd Northumbrian Ammunition Column(Gun Section) - Drill Hall, Seaham Harbour.

4th Northumbrian(County of Durham)(Howitzer)Bde,R.F.A.(T.F.);-
H.Q. & 4th Durham(Howitzer)Bty- Bolingbrooke St, South Shields.
5th Durham(Howitzer)Bty - The Artillery Drill Hall, Hebburn.
4th Northumbrian(County of Durham)(Howitzer)Ammunition Column - Bolingbroke

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 12:17 AM

Hello again,
Damn finger trouble, hit the wrong button(cont'd);-

4th Northumbrian(County of Durham)(Howiter)Ammunition Column - Bolingbroke St, South Shields.

7th Bn, Durham L.I.(T.F.);-
H.Q.; 'A'; 'B'; 'C'; 'D'; 'E' & 'F' Coy's - Drill Hall, Livinstone Rd, Sunderland.
'G' & 'H' Coy's - Stanhope Rd, South Shields.

5th Bn, Durham L.I.(T.F.);-
H.Q.; 'A'; 'B' & 'C' Coy's - Drill Hall, Stockton-on-Tees.
'D'; 'E' & 'H' Coy's - Drill Hall, Darlington.
'F' & 'G' Coy's - Drill Hall, Castle Eden.

Tynemouth R.G.A.(T.F.);-
H.Q.; No.1; No.2; No.3 & No.4 Coy's - Drill Hall, Military Rd, North Shields.
No.5 Coy - Seaton Delaval.
No.6 Coy - Blyth.

Northumberland(Fortress)Coy,R.E.(T.F.);-
Electric Lights Coy - Cliffords Fort, North Shields.

Tyne Division Electrical Engineers(Vols);-
H.Q.; 'A'; 'B'; 'C'; 'D' & 'E' Coy's - Cliffords Fort, North Shields.

5th Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers(T.F.);-
H.Q.; 'A'; 'B' & 'C' Coy's - Drill Hall, Walker.
'D' Coy - Drill Hall, Newburn.
'E' & 'F' Coy's - St.Georges Drill Hall, Wallsend.
'G' & 'H' Coy's - Drill Hall, Gosforth.

THE END - for now at least.

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 10:36 PM

Ah, Graham.......

There's some lovely stuff in that list, some I knew, some I didn't, so am very grateful.

But this just illustrates the amount of units, and indeed drill halls, in just two counties. You now understand why I've got 3600 entries in my database.....

It seems "Robert Wards Naval & Military Directory for Newcastle & Durham - July 1910" is a wonderful resource, what else does it contain?

Thanks for taking the time to extract that lot, my day at work tomorrow will be full of serruptitious cross-checking!


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Posted 24 August 2005 - 11:57 PM

Graeme,
It also contains the following;-
3rd(Reserve)Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers;-
H.Q. - The Barracks*, Newcastle.

3rd(Reserve)Bn, Durham L.I.;-
H.Q. - The Barracks*, Newcastle.

4th(Extra Reserve)Bn, Durham L.I.;-
H.Q. - The Barracks*, Newcastle.

*Fenham Barracks

Army Motor Reserve of Officers;-
No Address, but possibly the same location as the above.

Durham University O.T.C.;-
H.Q. - College Rd, nr Armstrong College, Newcastle.
'A' Coy - The Castle, Durham City.
'B' Coy - College of Medicine, Newcastle.
'C' & 'D' Coy's - Armstrong College, Newcastle.

North Eastern County School;-
H.Q. - Barnard Castle School

Regular Troops:
Royal Garrison Artillery;-
12th Coy,R.G.A. - Tynemouth Castle, Tynemouth.
47th Coy,R.G.A. - Tynemouth Castle, Tynemouth.

Royal Engineers;-
Tyne Section, 16th Coy(Coast Battalion),R.E. - Cliffords Fort, North Shields.

Army Ordnance Department - Tynemouth Castle, Tynemouth.

You don't want the telephone numbers, as well?

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Posted 25 August 2005 - 11:49 PM

Superb, Graham

I take it the phone numbrs are Blaydon 373 and so on?

The first couple of posts filled in some important gaps. Thanks.

You suddenly realise how many units were based round the corner from all of us, and we never really took any notice, till they were gone.

How many of these places survive?

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 12:17 AM

Graeme,
I've been in the Drill Halls at Spennymoor, Chester-le-Street and Bishop Auckland, Horden and Hartlepool, but am not sure if they're pre or post WWI, although the first two are as old as the hills.

The one at Gilesgate was demolished about thirty years ago, but under the old stage was found a large pile of scarlet tunics. Gilesgate Barracks are still there.

I believe the one in Stanhope still exists as a community centre and an old one here in Darlington is a gym. St.Georges still exists, as did the one in Gateshead on Alexandra Rd. As for the remainder it's difficult to say.

Are you only bothered about old Drill Halls and T.A. units? The reason I ask is because when I served with 7th Bn, L.I. and 124 Recovery Coy,R.E.M.E., we used to get little folding card's containing the addresses of all the units in the North East. They were printed for budding T.A. recruits to see what units existed in their area and I still have some.

Yes, the phone numbers are exactly like that. 3rd N.F.; 3rd & 4th D.L.I. were "279 City", while the N/land Hussars was "National 621 Central" and so on.

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 02:36 PM

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This is a 'belt and braces' post just in case they are of use to you.

Drill Hall pics currently on E-bay.

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http://images.auctio.../MAA0868102.jpg

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Posted 01 September 2005 - 09:50 PM

[quote=HERITAGE PLUS,Sep 1 2005, 02:36 PM]
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This is a 'belt and braces' post just in case they are of use to you.

Drill Hall pics currently on E-bay.

Dave



Thanks, Dave

I'm bidding on the postcards as Fishgrey.

The Bristol image lacks a little perspective and scale, maybe......

Like the belt and braces bit, caught me with my trousers down!

Thanks for the nod.

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Posted 04 September 2005 - 11:51 PM

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just visited a preserved drill hall for DCLI in Lerryn, a tiny village up river from Fowey, Cornwall. Not much bigger than a garage, and on a road liable to flooding at high tide. Do you want a picture?
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Posted 05 September 2005 - 02:16 AM

Graeme,

An update on Horncastle. It is now an antiques centre.

from http://www.lincolnsh...horncastle.html

After the Crimean War the Horncastle Rifle Volunteers was formed in 1859, under Captain Henry Conington and Lt Richard Clitherow. The 800-yard rifle range was laid out from the Oaks Meadow to the stop butt at the end of Champion's Road off Boston Road. The Corps used the Wong and various halls in the town to drill before taking over and adapting the former British School as the Drill Hall. By the turn of the century it was inadequate and a new one was built, also on the Wong, in 1901 (now the Town Hall). It cost 2,500, mainly by local subscription, and had a .22 rifle range and caretaker's house attached. By 1902 G Company was well over 100 strong, had brass and bugle bands and a machine gun section. During the Great War the Drill Hall was used by the Horncastle Voluntary Aid Detachment as a Red Cross Hospital, much of the furniture and equipment being given or lent by local people. Because of the General Strike in 1926, half the 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment (TA), of which the Horncastle Platoon was then part, camped at Horncastle. The UDC allowed free use of the Wong, the swimming baths and land for training.

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 11:12 PM

QUOTE (DaveBrigg @ Sep 4 2005, 11:51 PM)
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just visited a preserved drill hall for DCLI in Lerryn, a tiny village up river from Fowey, Cornwall. Not much bigger than a garage, and on a road liable to flooding at high tide. Do you want a picture?
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Oh, yes please, Dave!

That would be mighty fine.

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 11:14 PM

QUOTE (Kate Wills @ Sep 5 2005, 02:16 AM)
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An update on Horncastle. It is now an antiques centre.
A photo is available here http://www.horncastl...allantiques.htm


Thanks, Kate.

A nice history, and good to see that the place is still in use for something.

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Posted 05 September 2005 - 11:35 PM

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A suggestion.

Last night, I spent a very long time trawling through this 21 page thread to see if the Horncastle information had already been posted. On the way, I found reference to the Wolverton Drill Hall (where my grandfather enlisted) had already been made by another member, and I had unwittingly duplicated the information several pages on.

So, with the thread getting ever longer (excellent), how about making a cumulative list of drill halls mentioned (perhaps along with thread page numbers too) on the opening post, similar to the one in the Photographs for Fellow Members thread.

It would save much time all round in acting as an easy index to the suceeding pages.

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Posted 06 September 2005 - 10:12 PM

QUOTE (Kate Wills @ Sep 5 2005, 11:35 PM)
Graeme,

A suggestion.

Last night, I spent a very long time trawling through this 21 page thread to see if the Horncastle information had already been posted. On the way, I found reference to the Wolverton Drill Hall (where my grandfather enlisted) had already been made by another member, and I had unwittingly duplicated the information several pages on.

So, with the thread getting ever longer (excellent), how about making a cumulative list of drill halls mentioned (perhaps along with thread page numbers too) on the opening post, similar to the one in the Photographs for Fellow Members thread.

It would save much time all round in acting as an easy index to the suceeding pages.

Yours bleary-eyed,

Kate



Now then, Kate, that's a mighty good idea.

I'm in the early stages of developing this lunatic work into a website that will be mostly gaps infilled with spoiled family holidays and Pals' input - watch this space.

But in the interim, yes, I'll see if I can do an index. But there's no such thing as duplication; merely confirmation, which is truly worthwhile.

It's a good feeling to have so many people contribute, because it shows the validity of the project, and the way it engages people, for whatever reason.

So, an index.....


More work, Mrs. Wills, more work......

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Posted 06 September 2005 - 10:26 PM

I was afraid you'd say that. I haven't tried uploading pictures to this site before, so please bear with me if it doesn't work first time.

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Posted 06 September 2005 - 10:36 PM

Lerryn Drill Hall. The river can just be seen on the rear left. It's tidal at this point, flowing to Fowey several miles downstream. The hall is in excellent condition, although bearing in mind the wooden structure I'm not sure how authentic it is. There is a war memorial bench nearby, but sadly it just says ' Our Boys' so I have no idea of names. perhaps someone else can help?
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Drill HAlls in Hexham

THere is still a TA Drill hall on Battle hill - Architecture would indicate its existence at the time you require. NExt time we are passing we will have a good look. - I am looking into the Northumberland HUssars anyway and am interested in finding out Where D squadron met to drill _ We know roughly where - but as yet not on the ground.

Send me a PM if you want a digital photo of the battle hill site.

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Posted 07 September 2005 - 10:27 PM

QUOTE (DaveBrigg @ Sep 6 2005, 10:26 PM)
I was afraid you'd say that. I haven't tried uploading pictures to this site before, so please bear with me if it doesn't work first time.


Thanks, Dave, great pictures of probably the smallest drill hall yet!

I suspect that as the unit was 2 Works Company, Cornwall Fortress Royal Engineers, much of their drill was of a practical nature and therefore carried out elsewhere, with a mere nod towards saluting and sloping arms.

Thanks again

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Posted 07 September 2005 - 10:39 PM

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Drill HAlls in Hexham

THere is still a TA Drill hall on Battle hill - Architecture would indicate its existence at the time you require. NExt time we are passing we will have a good look.  - I am looking into the Northumberland HUssars anyway and am interested in finding out Where D squadron met to drill _ We know roughly where - but as yet not on the ground.

Send me a PM if you want a digital photo of the battle hill site.

Cheers
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Hello Stephen

Thanks for the info and offer of a picture, which as always is gratefully accepted.

The Battle Hill premises provided a home for the head quarters and A Company, 4th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers; I have no conclusive proof that D Squadron of the Northumberland Hussars used the drill hall.

Yeomanry units were often based at premises in the town with stabling and facilities for riding instruction, often at the unit's Commanding Officer's country seat. It is quite possible that the drill hall was used for the mundane parts of Yeomanry drill that didn't involve riding.

There's very little information on the Yeomanry and drill halls, so if anyone can suggest a link between the premises and the unit, in whatever town, I'd be very interested.

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Posted 14 September 2005 - 02:04 PM

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Whilst driving through the Staple Hill area of Bristol I noticed down a side street a building that could possibly be an old drill hall - now a small clothing factory.
It is in Wathen Street.

As the access gates were locked I was unable to investigate. Do you have a hall on your data base in this area? Will go back with my camera when next in the area.

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