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Old British Royal Navy Photographs


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Sometime in the late 90s, whilst ripping out an old kitchen from a derelict bungalow near Gatwick Airport, a bundle of old photo-postcards came into my possession. A previous owner had for some reason tucked them away on top of a kitchen wall cupboard – the kind with sliding glass doors – and at some point they had slipped down the void between the cupboard and wall. The previous owner(s) had left no trace  – the bungalow hadn’t been lived in for some years – but I have often wondered whether the photos were once of any sentimental or personal value. I find there comes a time, after losing a something treasured  it almost becomes forgotten. I say almost because that is how it feels until a memory is triggered and remembrance takes place. Depending on the depth of attachment and of memories evoked, such remembrance may be painful, bitter or sweet; and perhaps a score of different feelings between. What was the connection between the old bungalow resident and his (and/or perhaps her) photos? I can’t help but think that there must have been a personal connection to some of them, at least.

Over the years, on rainy days, and with the help of those ‘in the know’, some of the photos have yielded a good part of their story. It seems clear the photos aren’t about massive events in British Naval military history but they are an important record of events of importance nonetheless and therefore of historical value . It is my hope you’ll find something of interest in these photos. Please leave a comment or get in touch if you can help add to their story in any way.


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October 5, 2009 at 2:20 pm

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