- HMS Badger (shore establishment)
HMS "Badger" was commissioned on
13 September 1939as the headquarters of the Flag OfficerIn Charge, Harwichand was decommissioned on 21 October 1946, although the Operations Room remained as the Emergency Port Control for the Harwich area. The site was Parkeston Quay, now Harwich International Port, and the bunker lies under Hamilton House, currently an occupational healthcentre, close to the entrance to Harwich International Port, a few miles west of Harwich.
The Parkeston Quay site had been used during
World War Oneby the Royal Navy, and an Admiralty Research Laboratoryhad been constructed there. The port was again requesitioned from the LNERat the beginning of World War Two. In its early days "Badger" provided a base for minesweepers, but by the end of 1940it also serviced a destroyer flotilla, a submarinesquadron and a Coastal Forces Motor Torpedo Boatbase, becoming the largest base for small craft in the United Kingdom.
After a short period accommodated in the Station Hotel at Parkeston Quay, the accommodation and administration moved in
1940to Hamilton House, the former Georgian customs house. A bunker was built under Hamilton House, and this opened in 1941as an underground operations room. Anti-aircraftsea-forts (known as HM Fort Roughs), located 10 miles offshore, were kept supplied from HMS "Badger".cite web|url=http://www.harwich-society.co.uk:80/old/info_rough_towers.htm|title=The Rough Towers at HarwichSociety.co.uk|accessdate=2008-07-18] An alternative deceptive site for Parkeston Quay was sited at East Mersea, but the port area suffered extensive damage from air attacks during the course of World War Two[cite web|url=http://www.harwich.co.uk/port_history.htm|title=Harwich Interational Port Information|accessdate=2008-07-18]
.cite web|url=http://www.bunkertours.co.uk:80/r_n_x_s_parkeston_quay.htm|title=RNXS Parkeston Quay at BunkerTours.co.uk.|accessdate=2008-07-18]
* [http://www.pillbox-study-group.org.uk:80/ukfcdatabaseppage.htm Pill Box Study Group website - Parkeston Quay]
* [http://www.subbrit.org.uk/rsg/sites/h/harwich/index.html Subterranea Britannica (including photographs)]
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