HMS Mercury

From: Leydene House

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  • I was a Coder (Educational) here in 1954 to do my coding training at the start of National Service and then again in 1956 just prior to demob. It seemed very remote at the time. We spent most of our spare time in the NAAFI drinking very very strong scrumpy. There was a bus to Portsmouth which returned at 1359 since we had to be in before midnight. The coding was mainly on Types machines, the British equivalent of German Enigma.

    By Alan Cruttenden (03/04/2023)
  • I was a baby WRNR in 1979 and trained as a communicator at HMS Mercury. The Royal Naval Reserve would send me by train, 3-4 times a year from Manchester for specialist training. We would eventually alight at Petersfield, to a wild ride in a ‘Tilly’ through the dark countryside to the base, arriving Just before midnight then up at 6am to prepare for the weekend’s training! It was a long journey…..but such happy memories.

    By Lei Murphy (27/07/2022)
  • I was a National Service Leading Coder Special (Russian voice interception during the “Cold War”) at HMS Mercury in the summer of 1956.
    I am sure we always referred to Leydene House as “Peel House” in my days there.

    By Brian Spiby (13/09/2016)

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