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Royal Engineers in the Forest of Dean during WWII

WW2 Pithead

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Royal EngineersA group of men photographed in the Forest during World War II. The men are standing near what looks to be a pithead (coal mine shaft). A railway line can just be made out in front of the pole on the left

The men may be members of the Royal Engineers.

Alan Tonge added (July 2009): "... I am fairly sure that the person on the far left is my father Edward (Ted) Tonge. who married Iris Cooper from Cannop and who settled in the Forest after the war. He was a member of the Royal Engineers".

David Morris added (Feb 2015): "I would have to agree that the person on the far left is Edward Tonge. I remember him well, ... . We had a bit of a "gang" The Jones girls, Nanette, Veronica (Bubbles) ?, Cooper boy, and his little sister. ? Kerr boy And a boy who lived in the single story house on the corner, opposite the charcoal factory".

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