WW1 Trenches at Shorncliffe.

Dear All,

On Sunday 29th March 2009 between 10.00 and 13.00 Shorncliffe Redoubt, Hospital Hill Sandgate, Kent, we are planning an event to survey and record the Trenches built during WW1 and used by Montgomery in the 1920's. We have two leading UK experts coming down to lead the survey and hopefully WW1 re-enactors to give a flavour of what it was like 90 years ago.

Prior to the society taking over the Redoubt and heritage park, we need to assess to potential military archaeology on the site.

One of our primary objectives is to rebuild and regenerate the World War 1 trench system on the site for educational purposes. We plan to make these trenches live again with the men, sounds and even smells of how they were 90 years ago. Students and visitors will be able to get an accurate feel of what it was like to train for the horrors of France and Belgium and follow in their footsteps of Grandfathers and family members.

Event sign up

To volunteer for this project please join as a member of the SRPS and indicate you would like to be involved on the 29th. Members will be contacted directly. We only require a limited number of people for the survey and this event will be physically challenging. All member applicants will be taken on a first come first served basis, contact details are on the poster attached. All visitors/spectators are welcome to watch and support us on the day. Please contact me for more information.

I hope Shorncliffe and the men who dug and trained in the trenches can count on your support.

Best wishes

Chris Shaw


EX_STAB said:
Ugly's got a shovel. He's down your way and if he's stuck in a high seat at least this was a bump!
LOL, any help would much appreciated. Grog instead of NATO strenght tea can be provided if that helps with the donkey work.

Best wishes

Chris "Firebrand" Shaw

Have you put this on to the Great War Forum here?

If not a member you will need to join but it is free!

I am sure that you will generate lots of interest on there.


Get a copy of this book from a library. In it you will see pic's of how a trench should look.

Out Since 14 - John Dixon - ISBN 1 874538 09 3.
JoseyWales said:

Get a copy of this book from a library. In it you will see pic's of how a trench should look.

Out Since 14 - John Dixon - ISBN 1 874538 09 3.
Thank you, it's rare but I think i've found a copy.

Best wishes

flyingmonkey said:
Hi Chris,

Just out of interest who are the two leading UK experts that are going to lead your survey?


Andy Robertshaw and Dave Kenyon are the gentlemen in question and I'm very pleased they are bringing their knowledge and experience to Shorncliffe. I know they will help us build a great site to honour the memory of those brave boys.

I look forward to welcoming you all to the best hidden military site in the UK.

best wishes

Dear all,

I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who supported this event. The volunteers worked hard and the re-enactors looked fantastic, especially against the backdrop of WW1 trenches their forefathers manned.

The outcome of the day was a greater understanding of what the SRPS has on the land and how to implement and achieve our long term goals.

Best wishes

Chris Shaw
Chairman - SRPS

p.s. Photo's of the day will be posted on our website shortly.
Andy Robertshaw is a top man. He lent me the NAM auditorium, fully kitted out with WW2 uniforms and weapons, so I could carry out a study day based on the Wessex Div. at Hill 112 (Op. Epsom)! Ex. Chelsea Lynx...quality training!
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