Jimmy Cheffins – photos

Jimmy Cheffins’ daughter Helen Blackshaw and her sister attended the 2015 reunion at White Waltham Cricket Club, and have sent through some photographs of Jimmy’s time at Fairey Surveys.  It was obviously a Cheffins reunion as well, as Bill Cheffins’ daughter Patricia was also there, and the photographs she brought are on an earlier post!

Helen has sent five photographs, a couple of Jimmy in the office, and three out in the field.  The three field photographs have no dates or names.  Two are of surveyors, and Helen thinks the one with the cairn was taken in Iran.  The man with a chessboard is a mystery, and may be nothing to do with FSL, but was with the other survey photographs, so may be related.  But a collar and tie, playing chess in a field?

If anyone recognises a face or a place, please let us know!

Click on the photographs to enlarge.

 

Jimmy Cheffins in the FSL Drawing Office

Jimmy Cheffins and Jack Briggs in the FSL Drawing Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surveyor on cairn – Iran?

Surveyor on roof – no name or location information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man in a field with chessboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Syrian survey 1947

These photographs and newspaper cuttings came from Kieran (Ken) Roche via his brother Gerry Roche.  Kieran was the Flight engineer on what was described as the first ‘Fairey Surveys’ flight out of White Waltham in 1947.

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Air Survey aircraft (AIRSPEED OXFORD). First ‘Fairey Surveys’ flight out of White Waltham, 1947. Left to right: Brian Attwell (management), Richard Younghusband (pilot), Ken Roche (engineer), Group Captain Lawes (management).  Richard Younghusband, has a claim to fame from even earlier.  He was apparently flying back from France the day war broke out, and triggered off the first English World War 2 air raid alarm.

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Hotel Baron, Aleppo, Syria.
This was our hotel and x marks the spot where we usually sit at night nattering.  This was taken during the siesta period, hence the deserted appearance of the street, shops closed etc.  Only a few Bedouin at large.

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Aleppo, Syria.  Air Survey photographers and Ken Roche with medieval citadel in background.  From left: Freddie Worton, John Rushton, Ken Roche, ?

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Aleppo, Syria.  Time off …  Left to right: ?, Ken Roche (engineer), Richard Younghusband (pilot).

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Newpaper cutting from the Daily Telegraph in 1968, about the building of the Aleppo dam on the Euphrates river.

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The Hotel Baron in Aleppo had a long history and many interesting guests on the register.  The last sentence of this press cutting is quite poignant.  A couple of website links give information on the current state of the Hotel Baron and the Mazloumian family:

http://pvewood.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/the-hotel-baron-at-war.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/11239988/War-in-Syria-takes-toll-on-Aleppos-oldest-hotel-in-pictures.html?frame=3111065

More news of the Hotel Baron from the Times on 14th May 2016.  Mr Mazloumian died recently, and the hotel has taken a couple of mortar hits, but it is still standing and occupied by Mr Mazloumain’s widow and three refugee families.

Hotel Baron Aleppo update May 2016

 

 

 

 

Burma survey 1971

Len Sellwood sent these photographs of Burma from when he was surveying there.

Len sent a few notes with the photographs:

“The Burmese village pictured – in the dry season these were rice farmers, in the Monsoon they were fishermen – note the houses are built on stilts.  The palms are toddy palms, from which they get palm wine.  One of my labourers could spot them miles away and always edged over to them ..”

“At the camp in Myo Chaung one of the soldiers caught a King Cobra and cut off its head as it was going into a hole.  Somewhere I photographed it against a levelling staff – it was over 14 ft without the head or hood.  Dennis Shearing skinned, salted and wrapped it up.  Not sure if he still has it!!”

“Leveling through cane fields was very hot and very dirty.”

“The village (river) of Myo Chaung we were supposed to survey for a Dam site, the evening before a full company of soldiers went out to secure the area (usual practice).  In less than an hour a tremendous fire fight erupted lasting some time with rifle, machine gun and mortar fire.  We deliberated for a couple of days and were in contact with FSK via HF radio, our decision was to level up the wider part of the river but not to go too deep into the jungle – we also settled on an extra £1 a day danger money.  Google Earth now shows a dam along the river.”

“The Reclining Buddha is the largest reclining Buddha in the world, we were told.”

“Burmese New Year (Water Festival) in Rangoon was great fun, as can be seen by the joy on people’s faces, wash away the sins of the old year and start the new one clean!”

A local market Al and Ian in mess tent At a Temple, note the gold leaf patches Barber Dave 1 using Helio mirrors Barber Dave 2 Camp at Wah Boat on the River Sitang Burmese village Camp - not sure which village Camp at Nyaunlay  Pin Climbing up to a hill top temple Dennis Shearing Skinning  a King Cobra Dennis skinning 14ft King Cobra Dennis tug of war Driving Through the main street ! Elephant day's work over Elephants Hauling  Teak logs Image at a Temple Instrument and Staff man Leveling Thro' cane fields Mahout (Elephant driver) Myo Chaung 1 Myo Chaung 2 Myo Chaung 3 Myo Chaung 4 Myo Chaung 5 Myo Chaung 6 Elephant Myo Chaung 7 Leveling Myo Chaung Camp Our transport Ox carts Oxcart with sugarcane Paddy fields before the monsoon Pwe (festival) in Nyaunlay Pin Rangoon Reclining Buddha at Pegu (Bagu now) Reclining Buddha Roadside Buddha Roadside Drink Stand 1 (Posh) Roadside Drink Stand 2 (not so posh) Sitang river boat Soldier with semi tame Civet cat Staff man with protection Think Mac is raising the antenna for the HF radio ToyotaToyota Water crossing Water festival 1 Burmese New Year Water Festival 2 Wash away all of last year Water Festival 3 Water Festival 4 Start the New Year clean Water Festival 5 Rangoon Water Festival 5a Water Festival 6 Water Festival 7 Water Festival 8 Water Festival 9 Water Festival 10 Water Festival 11 Way side Buddha

From Ian Smith

These photographs came from Ian Smith, but we have no information on date or place.  We would love to know where the Hotel Du Parc is (or was)!

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These two look like a pair, from the paper, size and age.  And the third and fourth from the left on the top row of the left hand picture are surely the same two facing forward in the foreground of the right hand picture.  Was it a conference?

These two look like a pair, from the paper, size and age. And the third and fourth from the left on the top row of the left hand picture are surely the same two facing forward in the foreground of the right hand picture. Was it a conference?

This is half the story of an unfortunate incident with an Avro Anson.  No date or location given

This is half the story of an unfortunate incident with an Avro Anson. No date or location given

This is the second half of the story of the Avro Anson that landed badly in the desert, with a single camel to take the strain.  No date or loction again, but it doesn't look as if it's very warm.  Perhaps the clothes of the locals might give someone a clue to where it is?

This is the second half of the story of the Avro Anson that landed badly in the desert, with a single camel to take the strain. No date or loction again, but it doesn’t look as if it’s very warm. Perhaps the clothes of the locals might give someone a clue to where it is?

 

These seem to be a pair, with the same mountains in the background.  Morocco?  Libya?

These seem to be a pair, with the same mountains in the background. Morocco? Libya?

These look like a set, all stamped February 1960 on the back (Kodak processing date).  Perhaps the barman is a clue to the location?  Or the flowers?

These look like a set, all stamped February 1960 on the back (Kodak processing date). Perhaps the barman is a clue to the location? Or the flowers?

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Southern Rhodesia – photo album from John Keay

This photo album was passed on by Lawrence Scott for inclusion here. The photographs date mostly from 1950/51, and are of operations in Southern Rhodesia, except for the first few, which presumably were taken en route to Rhodesia in Fairey’s Dakota G-AKNM.

Most of the photographs have notes on the back, so they have been included as is, rather than having captions which might be incorrect interpretations.

Click on the links to open, then you should be able to enlarge the images enough to read the writing on the backs of the photos.  Putting the pictures in as ‘jpg’ photographs didn’t work – it wasn’t possible to enlarge them enough to read the notes.  If anyone wants the digital pictures, please get in touch using the ‘Contact’ page, and they can be sent by email.

Rhodesia album page 01

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Rhodesia album page 20

Rhodesia album loose pictures

Rhodesia album envelope photos

This last photograph is included as it was inside the album, but has also been put into the ‘Social Life’ section.

Party for Tommy in Maidenhead