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The Upper Thames Patrol Online Talk

By Bill King - for those who enjoy history

The Upper Thames Patrol were formed to defend the Thames when World War Two seemed inevitable. It became part of the Home Guard, when it was formed in 1940.

It was the Upper Thames Patrol’s responsibility  to destroy the Thames’ bridges and locks  if the enemy was seen approaching. They covered an area from Teddington Lock to Lechlade, which included 35 road bridges, 7 rail bridges and 42 locks. This often forgotten unit had their work cut out. This talk tells the story of the Upper Thames Patrol, their organisation, their experiences and the men who served in it.

2 - 3.15pm

Pre-booking is required for this online talk because places are limited. Full joining instructions will be emailed to attendees in advance. Bookings close one day before the event.

To join this talk, you will need a computer device with speakers. Ideally, also a webcam and microphone. You also need to be able to access the internet from it. First-time users of Zoom, will be asked to download a small piece of software, which will be sent in advance. 

Image: Pam Brophy, The River Thames at Abingdon, CC BY-SA 2.0.

About Berkshire Family History Society

This talk is organised by Berkshire Family History Society, a registered charity number 283010.