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Daxo
01-03-2008, 5:41 PM
I would like to get in touch with any one who was at the Swanley, or descendents of any one who was there as a boy or staff member between 1883 and 1955.
It was known as a Naval Orphanage and many boys joined the Merchant Navy or the Royal Navy.

Spuddy
19-04-2008, 10:57 PM
I would like to get in touch with any one who was at the Swanley, or descendents of any one who was there as a boy or staff member between 1883 and 1955.
It was known as a Naval Orphanage and many boys joined the Merchant Navy or the Royal Navy.

i was in this boys home from 1950 1955 from there i was sent 2 farningham boys home till march 1958

Mutley
19-04-2008, 11:07 PM
There is a picture here
www.
passmoreedwards.org.uk/pages/Hospitals/Swanley.htm

debm01
06-04-2009, 6:40 PM
Hi it's me again

My Dad was at Farningham home for little boys. Swanley Home for little boys was a different home as far as i know. I just found out there are some records for the homes held at the Centre for Kentish Studies. The details of the collection are available on their website www.kentarchives.org.uk ; if you enter cks-cc/c-e/s/193 in the text search box for Horton Kirby and cks-cc/c-e/s/358 for Sutton at Hone it will list the relevant records.


Centre for Kentish Studies
Sessions House, County Hall
County Rd
Maidstone Kent ME14 1XQ

Hope that helps

Deborah

vicsimmo
25-04-2009, 6:56 PM
I would like to get in touch with any one who was at the Swanley, or descendents of any one who was there as a boy or staff member between 1883 and 1955.
It was known as a Naval Orphanage and many boys joined the Merchant Navy or the Royal Navy.

I was at Swanley from 1928 until 1934 then joined the Royal Hospital School
joined the Navy in 1938 Commissioned in 1953 and retired in 1969. I am at the moment eighty six years young. I remember well the assebly hall , the ships mosdels and the organ where we were caned bent over the steps.
Be interested to hear from you

derek revy
02-08-2009, 8:10 PM
I would like to get in touch with any one who was at the Swanley, or descendents of any one who was there as a boy or staff member between 1883 and 1955.
It was known as a Naval Orphanage and many boys joined the Merchant Navy or the Royal Navy.

I was at the swanley homes with my brother betwen the years of 1952 -55we were then transferred to the Farningham home in where we stayed until 1956 and were then taken to the Family group home in Southborough Nr Tunbridge wells

derek revy
02-08-2009, 8:14 PM
i was in this boys home from 1950 1955 from there i was sent 2 farningham boys home till march 1958

I was in the swanley boys home from 1952-55 and was then transferred to the farningham home where I stayed until 1956 when I was then sent to a family group home oin Southborough

Mutley
02-08-2009, 9:09 PM
Hello Derek,
Sadly, those that posted on this thread do not seem to have returned to know the outcome.
However, they do seem to have agreed to accept emails.

If you click on their user name (above the words 'Newcomer to Brit-Gen) then a drop down list of options appear. The third one is,
Send email to *****

Might be worth a try. ;)

derek revy
04-08-2009, 2:00 PM
I was at the swanley homes with my brother betwen the years of 1952 -55we were then transferred to the Farningham home in where we stayed until 1956 and were then taken to the Family group home in Southborough Nr Tunbridge wells

I wonder if there is an above mentioned name who was at swanley home during the time that i was there with my brother who is able to contact me by email address

alantank
20-09-2009, 6:49 PM
i was in this boys home from 1950 1955 from there i was sent 2 farningham boys home till march 1958

i was there too went to reunion yesterday speak to you soon tanks

skip
07-12-2009, 3:37 PM
I was at the Boys home from 1954 to 1958. I lived in House 4 and then we were all moved to House 9. We were bused to Swanley Secondary School evry schoolday.

jensenboy
01-07-2010, 2:21 AM
I was in the Farningham Boys Home from September 1954 to February 1958 and then emigrated to Canada in March 1959. I was in House 4 and then we were all transfered to House 9.

CRIPES
10-08-2010, 9:47 AM
My grandfather, Leslie Whitford Wilson was at the Orphan Boys, Hextable, Swanley in 1911. His father was a shipwright and died in 1908. So he may have been there before 1911.
He went on to join the navy...not sure if it was merchant or Royal...but became a Lt. I do not know when he left the school.

helena869
10-08-2010, 12:42 PM
Did any of you watch Rupert Everett's programme in the 'Who do you think you are?' series on BBC1 recently? His grandfather, Cyril Everett, was at the 'Farningham Homes for Little Boys' in the late nineteenth century.

The programme showed the area where the home was, although it has mostly been demolished now.

CRIPES
11-08-2010, 4:04 AM
There is a small documentry on the Swanley home on Youtube. Its in 2 parts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUBAl0NrepQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5HgwmnDNNk

I have tried phoning the school a couple of times and they said they would get back to me as regards archives for the school, yet they have not been forth coming rather annoyingly.

ehodges
13-12-2011, 3:10 PM
I would like to get in touch with any one who was at the Swanley, or descendents of any one who was there as a boy or staff member between 1883 and 1955.
It was known as a Naval Orphanage and many boys joined the Merchant Navy or the Royal Navy.

We believe my father in law's Dad and two brothers were there from around 1913. We know they letter joined the Navy but don't know how long they were there. Surname Hodges?

jeanrourke
21-08-2012, 12:41 PM
Ian Doley was in the orphanage around 1941-46. He was there at the time when the orphanage was bombed and all staff and boys sheltered in the empty swimming pool. He went to the orphanage because my mother Esther Doley was widowed when my father died in 1937 and he had been a colour sergeant in the Royal Marines and completed 30 years service. Ian went on to be a Foundationer at Lord Wandsworth College, Long Sutton, Hampshire where he gained his A-Levels to study Economics at South Hampton University. He later became a chartered accountant. He died in 2011. I would be delighted if you would send me any information about Swanley orphanage as I have very little recollection of his time there. Thanks Jean Rourke.

golfingkiwi
16-12-2013, 5:09 AM
I have a distant relative who at 15 was sent to New Zealand 1926 from home for boys Swanly Herts off shipping record. Along with at least 5 other boys.my email is suzanneDOTharrisATxtraDOTcoDOTnz

jensenboy
17-08-2015, 2:43 AM
I would like to get in touch with any one who was at the Swanley, or descendents of any one who was there as a boy or staff member between 1883 and 1955.

I was in the Farningham Boys Home from September 1954 to February 1958 and then emigrated to Canada in March 1959. I was in House 4 and then we were all transfered to House 9.

David Ballantine
email: 2skip865@telus/net

genderth
19-01-2017, 10:28 PM
Dear David

I was there between I believe Maybe 40 -52 0r a shorter period than that my name is Graham Bridge now Dr Graham Peveller - drglpevellerATgmailCOMcom

daisy5858
09-05-2018, 10:45 AM
Hi Daxo,
Are you still looking for boys who attended the Boys Home, Swanley, Kent? My father Edward Macey went there from the RN&RM Orphanage (Infants) Portsmouth between approx 1926 - 1930, before he then went to St Vincents boys RN training school and on into the Royal Navy. I have some of his recollections written down, which I would be happy to send you.
Kind regards, Daisy5858