Amongst that day’s news on Shoreham was a story that the Convalescents in khaki at Shoreham planned to turn their camp into a ‘market garden city’. Between the hutments spread across almost 350 acres of the Downs they grew vegetables. The south-facing slopes where the huts are built would have produced good crops.
Check out the full story in the West Sussex Gazette:
A local laundry was said to be carrying out a very big contract for the soldiers’ washing at Shoreham Camp. A new machine has been installed at a cost of £250, and the premises extended to cope with the extra work.
A letter from Albert Thomas to the Editors of the Gazettes suggests that Mr. Lloyd George and his teetotal campaign have exaggerated the alcohol intake since the outbreak of the war. The alleged excessive drinking, leading to “rioting and violent deaths”, on the part of the sailors, soldiers, and their wives, should not to be considered true. Brewster Sessions have proved that the vast majority of places throughout the country, including Sussex, have had a substantial reduction in drunkenness. In the Steyning area (including Shoreham Army Camp) drunkenness charges have actually fallen since 1914 from 53 to 32.
“Did not a Bishop say he would rather see England free than sober?”
A YMCA memorial concert by Convalescent Soldiers from Shoreham Army camp successfully took place at Connaught Hall. Private W. G. Soole violin solos and Quarter-master-Sergeant J. A. W. Martin’s singing were notably impressive.
An appeal was made on behalf of the Memorial Fund raised in memory of the brave men who had fallen during the war. The appeal aimed to provide a permanent building to be used by the young men of the town and district after the war. The building would be a place of recreation and for the purpose of study, without any particular religious or sectarian domination.
Two matches took place between a Ladies team and a Soldiers team on Thursday and Saturday evening. In the first match the Ladies faced “the Buffs from Shoreham Camp”, which ended in a two nil defeat for the ladies. However, on the Saturday match The Dome Ladies were triumphant against the Fourteenth Fusiliers from Shoreham Camp by a solitary goal.
On 26th January we took a trip to the Lightbox, Woking to discover the hidden story of a WW1 horse shoe.
Back in Autumn 2014 a local landowner offered their field up on the downs above Shoreham to the project for a metal detecting search. Students from Worthing College, under the supervision of Archaeology South-East and Sussex Past archaeologists, found WW1 ammunition, nails and buttons. The grandson of the landowner found an old horse shoe.
Farrier Peter Ibbitson, who had already provided expert advice on the Lightbox’s exhibition ‘The Horse at War: 1914 – 1918′, met us at the gallery to look at our finds. And soon the story of the Shoreham Camp horse shoe was revealed:
Historical images from Worthing Museum include:
Metal toy gun carriage with 5 horses made by W.Britains c1914.
Oil painting of a farm scene by unknown artist, c1880s.
Detail of British Army farrier on roadside in France from ‘War Illustrated’ magazine 12 Dec 1914.
Postcard of 60 pounder gun c1915.
Edited by exhibitions curator Hamish MacGillivray as part of occasional scrapbook style slideshow series about some of the stories from Worthing Museum.
At Connaught Hall a Whist Drive and Military Dance took place, with prizes for the winners such as; a cut-glass scent bottle, a silver photo frame, a smoker’s companion, and many more. However, the proposed football match on the Aerodrome between Soldiers from Eastern Command Depot and the Royal Flying Corps was postponed due to frozen conditions on the ground.
Check out the full story from the Worthing Gazette:
Starting on February 14th the ‘Training for War’ project will be posting 4 blogs a month featuring stories from the local newspapers about events that day during World War One.
Each story is linked to the soldiers of Shoreham Army Camp and will go out on a different four days each month. To find out instantly when the next post has gone up follow our project on the Worthing Museum Twitter and Facebook.
At the Museum our volunteers looked through dozens of folders picking out the pictures that featured Shoreham Army Camp in WW1. They also looked further for ones that showed the soldiers in the town and interacting with the locals.
Image courtesy of the Shoreham Herald
The collections gave us insights into the camp, its soldiers and their daily activities which we will reveal in our exhibition coming to Worthing Museum on the 25th of April 2015. It will stay in the Museum for four weeks then move to Worthing College.The exhibition will also be visiting Marlipins Museum itself in September 2015.
Many thanks to Emma O’Connor, Museum Officer, and the Sussex Archaeological Society for sharing their collections with us.
Over three weeks at the end of 2014 the Worthing College Creative Media and Production students put the skills they learnt during Roger Kitchen’s Oral History training workshop to good use.
With the support of the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home the students were able to interview 5 men about their experiences of camps, training and everyday life in the military. The men’s experiences extended across the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy and Army and from service in the Second World War up to the recent campaigns in Afghanistan.
On 26th November the students had an informal get together with their interviewees, getting to know them and talking about our project without cameras, microphones and the formality of interviews.
On 3rd December two volunteers and the son of a third who all worked at Queen Alexandra hospital Home visited Worthing College. They came prepared with memories and memorabilia to share with the students.
The following week the students visited Queen Alexandra Hospital Home again where two residents gave their morning to speak to them. Both men had begun their military careers in the Second World War and had a lifetime of experience to share.
The results of the interviews all feature in the student films to go on show in our exhibition (opening in Worthing Museum on the 25th of April) and on our website (coming soon).
Huge thanks are owed to Ryan, Brian, Neil, Ted and Dixie for sharing their stories and to Jackie Bulmer, Volunteer Officer and her fellow staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital Home for their support of our project. to find out more about the work of the Home visit: www.qahh.org.uk
A collaboration with Worthing Museum, Worthing College and other partners.