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Re(10): Militery base near Manchester? IP: 220.127.116.11 Posted on July 13, 2022 at 17:11:35 by Geoff Pycroft
Happy memories of Hawkshaw. A short distance from my boyhood home. As a school boy I had a mate who lived in the first house as you enter the village from the Rammy end. My wife worked at a small factory in Hawkshaw Village as a machinist when she first came over from Belfast. My eldest son had his wedding ' breakfast ' at the Red Lion and my car club regulary met at the Wagon and Horses when the landlord was a mad South African! One of my first girlfriends lived in Hawkshaw....but that's a whole other story Ha Ha. The entrance to Holcombe Moor Training Camp (1941) is on the tricky double bends just before you enter the village on the road from Holcombe Brook. Not only is it a rifle range it is also an explosives demolition training area. As a kid you could walk from Holcombe Brook through Redisher Woods up to the top area of the ranges. The whole area was my adventure playground as a kid. The last time I was there was in the late 1970's when as a serving Police Officer the RAOC (Bomb Disposal) were giving a demonstration. It was also a ' check out ' training day for newly qualifying technicians. Sadly an accident occurred and explosives in the back of a Land Rover detonated during assembly of a demolition charge killing a member of the RAOC.
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