As you can see above an information panel has been installed at Buckingham Park, in Shoreham, introducing the history of Shoreham Army Camp from 1914 to 1919. This is thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding, the design skills of Jennie Osborne, text by Gail Mackintosh, editing by Hamish MacGillivray and manufacture by Shelley signs. Also a big thanks to Peter Whish and his team from Adur and Worthing Council Parks and Foreshore for installing the lectern style panel at the Park. This was made due to the demand from local people who attended our Shoreham Army Camp guided tour in August 2015 around the Park. Many asked why could there not be a panel showing some highlights of the fascinating First World War history?
This information panel is an introduction to the ‘hidden’ history of the land around Buckingham Park when Shoreham-by-Sea was ‘invaded’ by thousands of young men (and some young women) from Britain, Canada and South Africa. They came at first to train for trench warfare. After 1915 soldiers came to recover at Shoreham Army Camp from minor wounds suffered while fighting in France and Belgium.
The panel has 3 topics (origins of Camp, entertainment for troops and research by volunteers in 2014/2015) highlighted by a quote with text and eye catching photos. The main feature is a reproduction of the map of the Camp or ‘hutments’ as recorded in 1917. This is from a map to be found in the West Sussex Record Office at Chichester. What is very interesting is that the layout and roads of the Camp were adopted by building developers after 1920 when they started building bungalows in this part of Shoreham. The panel also has the research website address for people to explore more First World War history on http://www.worthingmuseum.co.uk/shoreham-army-camp
To find the panel go to the tennis courts and bowling green side of Buckingham Park, near Upper Shoreham Road and you will find the panel in the Remembrance Garden. After your visit pop into the nearby Park Cafe for tea and cakes. This is the last part of the project ‘Training for War’ so a big thanks to all Worthing Museum staff, local volunteers, Worthing College students and tutors and all the suppliers who helped this project.