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Report - Pill Box in Sussex 8/11/2014

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by SaxonLion, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. SaxonLion

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    Hi all!

    Just signed up so this is my first post.

    One November afternoon a mate and I were bored and decided to go for a wonder around. I knew of a line of Pillboxes just down the road so suggested that we go from the first one we knew of to the last one. I was told there were a couple between the two that I hadn't seen before.

    Anyway, the first one has nothing but fag ends and joint butts in it, the second one was inaccessible due a collapse. The other two were pretty uneventful until we got to the last one. The land owner collared us and in a very polite manner told us to 'do one' but my friend being ever the gentleman decided to reason with her and she said it was fine if we went in, took pictures and got lost.

    So thanks to my mate, I can upload these. It would be cool to know if anyone on here has the same surname to either of the scratchings on the wall and maybe even trace them.

    1) View of the Western side.

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    2) Where the gun must have stood.
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    3) Graffiti by one soldier. I can tell you that Q.O.R stands for Queens Own Rifles, but I don't know what RFNE stands for. IMG_0068.JPG
    4) More graffiti left by another soldier.
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    So if anyone can shed any light on either the families of these two fellas, that would be great.



    Slightly unrelated but I went to Cuckmere Haven which is down the road a bit. Turns out it was one of the places that we (the Brits) thought that Hitler would invade from so there are some quality bits there too. Including these...

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    Anti Tank barriers.

    Thanks for looking.

    SL
     

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  2. Ordnance

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    Probably all part of the GHQ Defence Line and is a Type 28A Pill Box designed to house an Anti-Tank Weapon and Infantry together.
     
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    Partington i think is italian.....not sure about the R.F.N.E but will ask about and see if can find out for you [​IMG]
     
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    oh my days! just realised it perhaps says RENE partington??!! ... apologies. There was a sergeant rene partington who was an air gunner with 142 squadron in the RAF, and was british national. He died in service on 6th October, 1942. Age 20. Don't think its the same one, but thought was worth a mention.
     
  5. Bertie Bollockbrains

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    It actually says Rfn E. Partington - Rfn being the rank of rifleman
     
  6. Bertie Bollockbrains

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    and a quick search on my ancestry for E. Partington from Ontario has thrown back hundreds people with that name. Without a date of birth, I cannot realistically trace this name.
     
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    ohhhh i see!! must put my specs on before reading carved graffiti !!
     
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    neither name appears in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Index - so highly probable they both survived the war
     
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    Off to bed now, so last post on this subject from me:
    It's a Rifleman E. Partington and the QOR means Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, a Reserve Regiment based in Toronto. Mobilized for active service in May 1940, embarked for Britain July 1941, and took part in the June 6th 1944 D-Day Normandy Landings (Juno Beach) with the loss of 143 killed. A total of 463 were killed from this regiment as they fought through Normandy, Northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
     
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    Cracking work guys. Thank you very much. I'll continue to look.

    Cheers again.

    SL
     
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    Hi, Thanks for the pill box pic :)
     
  12. YeKen

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    I just posted your image and a link to this discussion on the Facebook Group "Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Museum".

    See if they can find any info for you :)
     
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    I just got this reply (https://www.facebook.com/yekenuk/ph...511109899/?type=1&comment_id=1561828444077739) from them on the first guy:

    E. Partington had served with The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada before the Second World War. He was eventually promoted to Lance Corporal. On 15 January 1944 he was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp. We know he was granted 7 days leave of absence as of 6 March 1944.

    Partington embarked in England on 1 June 1944, and disembarked in France 6 June 1944 (D-Day). Later that day he was “Struck off Strength to X3 wounded list” 6 June 1944. The injury was apparently a serious wound, as he never returned to the QOR.
     
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