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    An update to my search for more information about Arthur Howlett and his service in World War Two. The Royal Observer Corps Museum was contacted to see if they held further details about his service at Much Hadham. Unfortunately no record of service card was held but he was mentioned in the History of Much Hadham Post.

    This revealed that Arthur was an original member of the post which was started in early 1938. The post was a sunken one, which was unique. The deep ditch on high ground behind the parish church, looking across two fields, must have been a cold place on a wintry night despite the iron roof having a thick coat of hatch. There was though, a stove for the all important cups of tea. Arthur was one of the members on first duty on August 29th 1939. Fortunately the post was never damaged by dropping bombs in nearby fields. The closest one ever came was 150 yards when Arthur happened to be on duty. This was on November the 15th 1940. It must have been quite a terrifying prospect to be surrounded by incindiaries, oil bombs, land mines and 1000 pound bombs. In 1944 flying bombs and rockets arrived. Finally after six years of war the post's crew stood down. Their important job of plotting hundreds of planes finally over with all having escaped unscathed with just long spells of boredom their only complaint.

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