The Luftwaffe’s view of RNAS Yeovilton

RNAS Yeovilton

Hi Clive, The attached photo is a scan from the book “Adolph Hitler’s Holiday Snaps”, by Nigel J. Clarke ( “Yeovilton, 1940, Royal Naval Air Station—HMS Heron is now the largest naval air station in the U.K. and was commissioned on the 18th June 1940. The station was bombed four times during the war, with […]

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What a hip little site!

The following lines refer to Neil C. Smith’s old Chiltonians website which has disappeared from our screens. I wrote them back in 2002, when I had my old hippy head on, and posted them on Neil’s notice board. It was a hip little site indeed and a lot bigger than this tiddler! What has happened […]

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The Hawker Sea Hawk parked in the grounds of Chilton Cantelo school

Chilton Cantelo School Sea Hawk WM983

Those of you who were at Chilton Cantelo School when this plane was parked on the lawns in 1988 or thereabouts would be interested to know that it’s now part of the Peter Vallance Collection at Gatwick Aviation Museum at Charlwood, Surrey. You can read all about its interesting history at It has now […]

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An email from Michael Brake

Michael Brake, Chilton Cantelo School

Hullo Clive! I was browsing through the internet recently and came across the Chilton Cantelo [Cotes-James era] and was immediately bombarded with names and faces I have not seen for years! What a very pleasant surprise indeed! My name – Michael Brake – there under the pupils – list 14th January 1966… I arrived in […]

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An email from Edward Lutley

Edward Lutley

Dear Clive, It’s funny how once stirred, memories start flooding back; I started looking and had forgotten that you and I had played in the 1st XV Rugby team, I was the smallest member of the team and made Hooker. I’m quite happy for all my details to go on display! Including email address, who knows […]

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A true story from 1978

Snow drifts 1978 phone box Lower Chilton Cantelo at Lower Farm

Dear Clive, I noticed your web-site on Chilton Cantelo School and that you are interested in stories from the Capt. Cotes-James era. I have a little story which I think is well worth mentioning. It comes from February 1978, which seems a long time ago now (!), and so I can only tell it as I […]

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