Rodney NewnhamRodney details some of his work at the Chatham dockyard during the war.
Rodney Newnham – Film 1Rodney was born in the Medway in 1920. In 1936 he became an apprentice at the Chatham dockyard and worked on many of the war ships that visited for repairs. In the 1930s life was tough and he recalls children used to beg outside the gates for scraps of food.
Rodney Newnham – Film 2When war broke out Rod was still completing his time as an apprentice Boiler Maker. They were extremely heavy items and the work was very tough and also dangerous. He recalls a number of fatalities.
Rodney Newnham – Film 3Rodney recalls German air raids on the Arethusa. All the workers were supposed to head to the shelters but Rodney preferred to sit and watch. With his back to the wall of the workroom he had a birds-eye view.
Rodney Newnham – Film 4Rodney talks in detail about his work. Asbestos was used extensively and hes amazed hes survived when so many of his workmates died.
Rodney details some of his work at the Chatham dockyard during the war.