Published: 00:00, 23 August 2014 |
Updated: 10:23, 24 August 2014
But one group of resourceful servicemen decided to go one better than taking a copy of the Kent Messenger – they made their own.
The wartime replica was produced on board HMS Kent, with the first issue published in February 1942 – around the time the ship was accompanying convoys to and from northern Russia.
An instructive front page added: “Those whose articles are printed may shout ‘scoop’ or ‘flash’ at intervals of not less than one hour.”
The fortnightly publication included factfiles on foreign countries likely to be encountered as well as cartoons and poems.
The series is now in the possession of Mike Ash, a relative of assistant editor Herbert William Dench, who would have been in his late 30s when it launched.
Mr Dench died in 1979, but little is known about him.
Mr Ash, who is in his 70s and lives in Wales, said: “A whole caseload of papers came to me from my step-daughter.
“They look as if they were produced on a hectograph, a messy process involving special inks laid on a jelly bed off of which copies could be taken, one sheet at a time – no copiers in those days.”
The ship was one of 11 vessels to have been named HMS Kent. It was launched in 1926 and sold for scrap in 1948 once the conflict ended. She could carry 784 officers and men. Her service also involved escorting convoys in the Indian Ocean.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
This is a brand new online resource covering every aspect of owning and improving a home in Kent and Medway.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.