Can you help please?
Following some earlier research into aspects of Cobham's past I am now studying the history of the Second World War anti-aircraft battery in Lodge Lane. I have begun research at the National Archives where some interesting information has started to emerge but I should be very grateful to receive memories of the site during or after the war, whether first-hand ones or passed down. A battle report I have seen describes how on one occasion the guns of the battery fired over 90 shells at formations of bombers. That must have made quite a lot of noise to be heard by people living at Cobham. The gunners must have visited the village socially from time to time, perhaps to drink at the pubs. I do not yet know whether the battery lasted in use until the end of the war although I believe that its barracks were used for a time after 1945 to house the homeless. At the end of my research the results will be shared with the community.
Historic Defences Committee of the Kent Archaeological Society,
Cobham Second World War anti-aircraft battery: a request for information