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    Sailors in rehearsal for the Royal Tournament tow their gun carriage around an obstacle course.

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    Chatham, Kent.

    Various shots show sailors towing a gun carriage around and over an obstacle course in a field. They go over walls, swing across a broken derek, take parts off and put them together again. When they reach the end of the course they fire the gun.

    Probably rehearsal for the Royal Tournament.

    Note: cuttings and notes on file.

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:37:29:00 / 01:38:41:00
    NP 450

Comments (7)

  1. Unknown user says

    As a member of the 1956 field guns crew at Chatham I remember well the training which started in the January continuing right through to June and the Field Gun competition which took place at the Royal Tournament Earls Court in London. Training was very hard and consisted of gym work during the forenoon and gun training in the p.m. The latter was done on land just outside St Marys Barracks. As speeds increased then accidents occurred, often broken bones or other serious injuries. Field Gunners received extra quality food, ie steaks eggs and other stamina foods.
    Chatham was third in the competition, I think Air Command won with a really good time of 2mins 51 secs. Lots of wonderful memories.

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  2. grazdav123 says

    I have had no response from any other Field Gun member. I am now 83 years and suppose all the other crew members have crossed the bar.. Sad but there you go, I still think it was one of the highlights to have lasted the course.

    Grazdav 123 signing off.

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  3. Reg Ravell says

    I'm another 83 year old ex field gunner. I was in the 1953 B crew and well remember all the blood sweat and tears during training. Even now, 62 years later I still have the attitude that nothing is impossible. It's nice to know that there is still someone else out there to enjoy the memory of that great experiance.

    Reg ravell

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  4. stevecebu says

    my old man jim adams was in Chatham field gun crew A team 1954 position flying angel he told us all about it, he said best thing he did in the RN died at 82, but i did show him this video on here, it took him back, but shame there is not more on Chatham field gun, we have a nice pic at home of 1954 team with Katie boil, nice to see some of you old timers still kicking, all best,

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  5. terryhongkong says

    My Dad,

    John Martin (bit of a boxer I believe) now 80 was a field gunner for 2 stints during the late 50's I believe, still get daily stories of the antics.

    Will check who he ran out for.

    Terry Martin

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  6. terryhongkong says


    He ran fir Chatham in 1955 all races at earls court and again in 1961 ran about half of the races, he dies not have any photos, I wold love to be able to get one.


    Terry in Hong Kong

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  7. bucknerj149 says

    Dear All. I am hoping someone may be able to help. My father stated that he ran for Field Gun when he was in the Navy during the 1950's. He was Chatham based so am assuming that he ran for Chatham. His name was Patrick Buckner (Chef / Cook) but I do not have a service number to hand. He passed away some 12 years now, but would be grateful if anyone has any information.
    Many Thanks

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