Chatham Field Gun Crews 1951 & 1952

My late father in law, Ivor "Brigham" Young, was part of the Chatham crews in 1951 & 1952, the former having the fastest run.

I seem to recall him saying they were held at Earls Court and during one of the runs he was injured and his claim to fame is that the Queen Mother enquired as to his health when she inspected the crews afterwards!

He also took great delight in telling us that the teams slept on the top floor in the eaves and lo and behold when the Chatham crew returned after having their grub one evening, the Fleet Air Arm, who were in the next door loft room. had left their shoes outside in the corridor. Suffice it to say they were not particularly happy the next morning when they saw out what had been deposited in their shoes overnight!

I attach a photo of the certificates from 1951 & 1952 and if you look closely you will see he was a Leading Seaman in 1951 and a P.O. the following year although he was demoted subsequently on several occasions!

If anyone has any photos of those years or any info on him , please post,


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