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CHALDON - 20th June 1944 - The King approved the posthumous award of the Victoria Cross to L/Cpl John Pennington Harman of the Royal West Kent Regiment, for his bravery when he was killed fighting the Japanese in Burma. He was the son of Martin Coles Harman. ...

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PURLEY - 18th June 1866 - The Prince of Wales opened the Warehousemen and Clerks' School. ...

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CHALDON - 17th June 1803 - The Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor were ordered by his Majesty's Deputy Lieutenants to pay £4.4s. to Henry Roffey, who, after being chosen by Lot, had been serving in the Surrey Militia for a month. As his personal assets were under £500 he was entitled to half the price paid to a volunteer (there was a fine of £10 payable by the Overseers if they failed to pay this sum out of the Poor Rate)
The pic shows Miss Mabel Roffey, one of a long line of Roffeys in Chaldon. At the age of 80, she began to travel abroad and she lived to the grand old age of 94.
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16th June 1944 - 'First appearance of the German pilotless rocket glider (Doodlebug) in this area today. In all about a dozen came over this way, the first one crashing about 0810 hours in Caterham on the Hill' (War Diary 2nd Canadian AGRA at Moyle House, Caterham.)
16th June 1944 - 'Everybody is quite interested by those German Radio Control Planes. We see several of them. As long as we hear them, OK - it is when the engine stops running!! A few seconds later BANG!!! It explodes.' (War Diary 4th Medium Regiment RCA at Little Selkirk, Caterham)
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COULSDON - 16th June 1917 - On an outing of the Botanical Committee of the Croydon Natural History & Scientific Society to Farthing Down so many specimens of the Fly Orchis were found that one of the party 'by standing on a certain spot and turning round, was able with a walking stick to touch 20 specimens without moving from the spot'.
Fly orchids are still to be found on Farthing Down, but they have to be searched for and are usually in small numbers.
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