Spike Milligan Question
posted by Dave Tremlin on 12 Nov 2006 at 1:48 pm
Could somebody help please? I am trying to identify the exact location of the OP (pillbox) that was occupied by the Milligan in 1940. He was a member of 56th Regiment RA at the time and wondered whether (a) the pillbox is still there; (b) if not then where it was; (c) a location I can look-up using online maps. ANY help would be appreciated. Many thanks. Dave
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posted by lucky victoria on 18 Feb 2008 at 6:47 pm
Reading about Spike Milligan reminded me that my father used to entertain the troops by taking his band to play in the De La Warr Pavilion during the war. One day a young soldier asked if he could play in the band while he was stationed there. It was Spike and he played regularly in Frank Arthur's Band, in those days called FAB. Quite an up-to-date name, isn't it?
posted by Ron Gager on 20 Jul 2008 at 5:25 pm
A nursing home opposite No 48 The Highlands Off Turkey Road Bexhill was used to accommodate Anti Aircraft battery troops in the 2nd WW. Spike was living there and mentions it in two of his books. I would surmise that his battery was probably in the (now recreation ground) area at the top of the road.
You don't want the troops too far from thier guns now do you?
posted by Susan-Jane Howbrook on 13 Dec 2008 at 10:29 pm
The World War II bunker,Pillbox, can be found on the top of Galley Hill. There are only the remains of a military bunker. Spike Milligan was posted to Bexhill from 1940 to 1942 and mentions the bunker in his book 'Adolf Hitler - My Part In His Downfall'
Hope this is of help.
posted by peter miller on 27 Dec 2009 at 8:23 am
Hi...the pillbox was still there when I was back there in 2005...can be seen on google earth if you go to "galley hill,bexhill",just to the east of the coastguard house...I tried to put a marker there at one stage but our connection in rural NZ was so slow it didnt work....regards
Mrs K Loughborough
posted by Marc Ashley-Wood on 08 May 2010 at 7:54 pm
I have been trying to find where Spike is supposed to have been camping. Where is Mill Wood (or was) and where is Mrs K Loughborough d. 23rd September 1899 (Not Dead Just Sleeping). Bexhill Cemetery wasn't opened until long after she died. I have looked around the cemetery and can find taps, one of which Spike and his chums were supposed to have used, but I could not find Mrs Loughborough. Was this a deliberate mistake?
posted by toby on 15 Apr 2011 at 11:58 pm
i bured it whith a 40ton cat soutrne water an the police got fed u wit it should been kept as a shrine in no lost my verginity in it
posted by toby on 16 Apr 2011 at 12:18 am
i know were it is i bured it 4 southen water
posted by Grafton monkey on 26 Feb 2015 at 12:37 am
I found all spikes gold ..... X did mark the spot. And I'm keeping all for myself...mwhaaaaa
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