HMS Badger (shore establishment)

HMS Badger (shore establishment)

HMS "Badger" was commissioned on 13 September 1939 as the headquarters of the Flag Officer In Charge, Harwich and 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 health centre, close to the entrance to Harwich International Port, a few miles west of Harwich.

Wartime Service

The Parkeston Quay site had been used during World War One by the Royal Navy, and an Admiralty Research Laboratory had been constructed there. The port was again requesitioned from the LNER at the beginning of World War Two. In its early days "Badger" provided a base for minesweepers, but by the end of 1940 it also serviced a destroyer flotilla, a submarine squadron and a Coastal Forces Motor Torpedo Boat base, 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 1940 to Hamilton House, the former Georgian customs house. A bunker was built under Hamilton House, and this opened in 1941 as an underground operations room. Anti-aircraft sea-forts (known as HM Fort Roughs), located 10 miles offshore, were kept supplied from HMS "Badger".cite web|url=|title=The Rough Towers at|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=|title=Harwich Interational Port Information|accessdate=2008-07-18]

Post-War Service

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External Links

* [ Pill Box Study Group website - Parkeston Quay]
* [ Subterranea Britannica (including photographs)]

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