Newmarket

HISTORY

SPECIAL NOTICE 16TH MARCH 2020- Due to the CORONAVIRUS crisis all U3A activities are currently suspended until further notice.
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Our History Group meets on the first Friday of the month at Exning Rd Club at 2.30pm.

Talks are on wide-ranging subjects with something for everyone.

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24th April - see link The Story of Typhoid Mary

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14th June 20

This month the group is starting a Village project, as we did for Chippenham and Isleham. This time it is to be Burwell, so good hunting for info, for those that have signed up for this.

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QUIZ 9TH JULY 2020

Have a go at guessing the answer of these pictures

1) Who is this warlike lady
2) What is this structure
3) What is this structure
4) What is this type of bridge called
5) What is this religious item called
6) Name of this early type of lighthouse built in 1328
7) What do you think this, found on board a ship?
8) What is the name of this biggest canon and where is it?
9) What is the name of this structure and who built it?
10) What is this item of war seen at Duxford?
11) What is this strange clock called and where is it?
12) What building material is used in this wall?
13) Name of this tree?
14) This is a diagram of what structure ? Several remain around the East coast

1Quiz 1 2Quiz 2 3Quiz 3 4Quiz 4 5Quiz 5
6Quiz 6 7Quiz 7 8Quiz 8 9Quiz 9 10Quiz 10
11Quiz 11 12Quiz 12 13Quiz 13 14Quiz 14

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Did you know?

WW2 locally named destroyers

In 1939-40 our shipping losses were greater than the rate of replacement, despite a
huge programme of ship building. German U-boats were increasingly active against
our shipping in the Atlantic. Having to refuel, there developed an area known as the
Mid Atlantic gap,where convoys were mainly unsupported ,but which was plugged
by craft from Iceland. By mid 1942, aircraft carriers also supported the convoys and
hunted U boats.

However by late 1940, President Roosevelt agreed to loan us 50 of his WW1 flush
decked destroyers, in exchange for leases of bases e.g. in the West Indies and
Argentia in Canada. American crews sailed them to Halifax, where they handed them
over. They became known as the four-stackers which was unusual in naval vessels, at
that time. Modifications and refits were made in the Royal Naval Dockyard,
Devonport, near Portsmouth. The Naval practice of naming their ships after towns,
saw the USS Robinson become HMS Newmarket and the USS Laub become HMS
Burwell. Convoys were usually escorted by 1 destroyer, 2 corvettes and armed traders.
In May 1941 HMS Newmarket escorted 38 boats from Liverpool. The U boats sank 9
of this convoy. Later in November 1941, the Burwell, after a lengthy but unsuccessful
search and attack manoeuvres, it limped into Boston with flooded magazines, for the
agreed repairs.

During the winter of 1942-3,the worst for 30years, 8 of this class of destroyer were
lost. HMS Newmarket had been dogged by ill fortune due to its age and was one of
the least successful of this Class. The Town of Newmarket adopted it in 1942 during
National Savings Warship week. However, HMS Newmarket won honours for action
in the Atlantic 1941-2 and Arctic 1942.She was scrapped in 1945.

HMS Burwell won honours for action in the Atlantic 1942-45 but her last duty was
as a target for aircraft off the Clyde in Scotland.

There had been an earlier HMS Newmarket in 1907, a mail packet built for the Great
Eastern Railway Co. In 1914 she and a sister ship HMS Clacton were commissioned
and won DSO for action in the Gallipoli landings and evacuations. The Newmarket
was torpedoed in 1917.

Extracted from a booklet purchased at Burwell Museum.

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Niddy Walpole, email: niddy198@gmail.com

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