Ex Royal Marines - Raymond Pidgley
by Raymond Pidgley
I spent my childhood in The New Forest at Godshill next door to the school, and often visit it for camping holidays and visiting my brother in Totton.
It was a Bombing Range,used by the Royal Air Force with a small detachment and A Bomb Disposal Unit situated nearly opposite The Fighting Cocks that were kept really busy disposing of unexploded bombs both German and British, because there was a dummy aerodrome along the Southampton Road near Millersford.
Later on the whole area surrounding Fordingbridge was packed with American Troops training to invade France, and Aerodromes skirting the forest like Stoney Cross and Ibsley.
The New Forest has always belonged to the people, and should forever remain belonging to the people.
Thank you very much for your heartfelt comments on my New Forest Save Our Forests page. Yours is a view shared by many who have experienced and love the New Forest.