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Codeword Cromwell

by CSV Media NI

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Robin Charley
Location of story: 
Dunmurry,Northern Ireland
Background to story: 
Civilian Force
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Contributed on: 
20 September 2005

This story is taken from an interview with Robin Charley, and has been added to the site with his permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions. The interview and transcription was by Bruce Logan.

Robin Charley joined the local Home Guard when it was formed by his father.

Local citizens still had a few Austrian rifles illegally imported by Major Fred Crawford for the UVF in 1913. These rifles were duely dug up from under the floorboards, and checked to see they were in good condition. The Home Guard took their rifles to the walled garden, had some target practice to get used to the rifles, and then carried them while on patrol.

Robin Charley was on duty one night, manning the telephone, when a message came throughgiving the codeword, "Cromwell". this meant "Invasion imminent" ... but luckily, the invasion never took place.

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