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Frederick H R Chapman

(11) St Matthew’s Street

History of 11 St Matthew's Street

approx. position

1913:

Miss Ann Schooling

1939:

Frederick H R Chapman, b 1901, storekeeper admiralty radio

Grace, b 1905

During WWII Frederick served with the Anti Aircraft Home Guard. One of the weapons he manned was the 3-inch projector Rocket on Coldhams Common.

A A rockets Coldham’s Common

This rocket launcher was officially known as a mobile Z battery. They were not especially effective and were given to the Home Guard. Whilst the oldest age for operating anti-aircraft guns was 40 because of the weight of the ammunition, those up to 60 were allowed to operate the rocket launchers.

Rocket launcher being loaded

Z battery

 

 

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