On This Day 1916: Convalescing soldiers plan to grow veg between the huts at Shoreham camp.

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.

View of road through East Camp. Courtesy of West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk
View of road through East Camp.
Courtesy of West Sussex County Council Library Service http://www.westsussexpast.org.uk

Check out the full story in the West Sussex Gazette:

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(West Sussex Gazette, 23/3/1916)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk

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On This Day in Shoreham Army Camp 1917: Local Laundry reported to have installed £250 machine to cope with washing from the camp.

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.

Laundry the old-fashioned way. Courtesy of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery.
Laundry the old-fashioned way.
Courtesy of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery.

Check out the full story in the Worthing Gazette:

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(Worthing Gazette, 14/3/17)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk

On This Day in Shoreham Army Camp 1915: Claim that the war-time teetotal campaign is based on gross exaggerations.

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?”

'Thumbs Up' Courtesy of Drina Green.
‘Thumbs Up’
Courtesy of Drina Green.

 Check out the full story in the Worthing Gazette:

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  (Worthing Gazette, 10/3/15)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk

On This Day 1918: Concert at Connaught Hall by Soldiers raised funds for the YMCA

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.

YMCA hut in Shoreham Camp Courtesy of Graham Booth
YMCA hut in Shoreham Camp
Courtesy of Graham Booth

Check out the full story in the Worthing Gazette:

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 (Worthing Gazette, 27/2/18)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk

On This Day 1916: Ladies vs. Soldiers rink Hockey match at the Dome, who won?

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.

War illustrated 21st July  1917 p489. Courtesy of Worthing Museum
War illustrated 21st July 1917 p489. Courtesy of Worthing Museum

 

Check out the full story in the Worthing Gazette:

Worthing Gazette_23.2.1916

 (Worthing Gazette, 23/2/16)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk 

 

Investigating the war horses of Shoreham Army Camp

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.

Thanks to Worthing Museum volunteers for photographs and the Lightbox gallery and museum for their advice.

On This Day 1917: Valentine’s Day was celebrated slightly differently . . .

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.

Postcard courtesy of Worthing Museum
Postcard courtesy of Worthing Museum

Check out the full story from the Worthing Gazette:

Worthing Gazette_14.2.1917

(Worthing Gazette, 14th Feb 1917)
West Sussex County Council Library Service www.westsussexpast.org.uk

‘On This Day’ stories coming soon

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.

Image Courtesy of Worthing Museum
Image Courtesy of Worthing Museum

 

Hunting for photographs at Marlipins Museum

17th Dec 2014: At the end of last year a group of our older volunteers took a day trip to the Marlipins Museum in Shoreham.

The purpose of the trip was to search through the photograph collections held at the museum that feature Shoreham.

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Image courtesy of the Shoreham Herald

The Museum tells the story of Shoreham’s maritime and local history from prehistoric to medieval times. It became a museum shortly after the war in 1923. Find out more about the Museum and its history here: http://sussexpast.co.uk/properties-to-discover/marlipins-museum 

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.

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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.

Students take their first oral history interviews

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.