SEAFORD: Reg hoping to share wartime memories

Reg Bond is pictured in the back row, send from the left
Reg Bond is pictured in the back row, send from the left

A FORMER servicemen from Seaford is hoping to share his memories from the Second World War with former colleagues that he has

not seen for more than 60 years.

Reg Bond spent most of his National Service from 1947 until 1949 as a teleprint operator at RAF Hawthorn, which was attached to RAF Rudloe Manor in Wiltshire.

Following his retirement the 82-year-old did some research in the hope to contact any of his service friends but without success. Recently he appeared in the Daily Mail’s Missing column where people can write in if they are trying to trace a friend or loved one.

Since the piece was published in the national newspaper Mr Bond, of Morningside Close, has received several letters from people that had also spent time at RAF Hawthorn but is still keen to hear from others in particular Colin Gaynam, Ron Hewitt, Johnnie Hasemore and Alan Larkin.

Reflecting on his time during National Service he said, “I didn’t know at the time but we were in a very secret station, it was underground in Wiltshire and there was provision there for the Royal Family.

“We didn’t know {us kids} that it was such an important place - it’s the place that the Royal Family and Government were going to be encamped.”

In his letter to the Daily Mail he added, “The whole area is still steeped in national security. Years ago, I passed RAF Rudloe Manor and asked a guard if RAF Hawthorn was still operational, only to be told it was never there!

“But the book Secret Underground Cities refers to it - evidence it did exist. I hope to find someone to share my 63-year-old memories with.”

If you are able to help Mr Bond trace any of his old pals please email: or call Joanne Smith at the Seaford Gazette on 414485.