Amongst a range of sports that took place in Shoreham that week, a boxing tournament at Shoreham Camp, organised by Eastern Command, produced good sport and raised money for St Dunstan’s Hostel.
Brighton youth George Gallagham bested Londoner Tommy Harris and Pte. A. Robson of the London Regiment put on a good show winning his bout with Staff Sergeant Zimmer. An exciting rematch between Sergt. Evans, R.G.A. and Corpl. Power, Irish Guards, was won by Power on points.
The colonials in Camp also got involved with Corporal G. Green of the South Africans beating T. Moore from the Canadians to the dismay of Moore’s supporters.
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Two members of a Canadian Battalion stationed at Shoreham Camp appeared in court ‘before the bench’ charged with being absent without leave.
Constable Holden and Special Constable Bridgewater gave evidence that Private Murdoch McClosky and Corporal Roy Hovey were found accosting girls in Rowlands Road. Neither soldier had a pass to allow them out of Camp into Worthing and were detained in custody.
July 1st marks the national day of Canada, a day celebrating the enactment of the British North America Act 1867, which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. This just happened to be occurring when a large contingent of Canadians were encamped at Shoreham. Therefore, it was naturally suggested that the occasion should be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, which would be decorated with maple as a way to welcome the Canadian soldiers and celebrate the day.
The great service was held at 6:30pm, and was well attended with 50 officers and 100 men representing various units in the camp from all parts of Canada. In addition to those who attended officially the congregation overflowed with more soldiers.
The opening procession showed off the beautiful St Mary de Haura Church banner and the Canadian Colours. The service was accompanied with music played by the splendid band of the Canadian 13th Reserve and delightful hymns. The day would not have been complete without a memorable rendition of the Canadian National Anthem “O Canada” that was sung by a choir of men and boys.
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(Shoreham Parish Magazine, 01/07/1917)
Reproduced courtesy of West Sussex Records Office and by kind permission of the Parish of St Mary de Haura New Shoreham.
Privates John Carmichael and Frank Conway of the 23rd Canadian Reserve Battalion were charged with being absent without leave from Shoreham Camp.
The two were spotted at Goff’s Park by P.S. S. J. Capelin and challenged for their passes which they did not have. Carmichael claimed they had been robbed after a visit to London. P.S. Capelin took them to the Police Station with assistance from two civilians where the men finally admitted being absent form Shoreham Camp. When asked why, Conway declared that they were treated ‘pretty harsh’ at the Camp, ‘not treated as men’. He had been late back before and had had 4 days pay cut and 14 days punishment. The magistrate remarked that it did not seem to have been a deterrent and the two were remanded in custody to await military escort.
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The talented troupe from the 1st “B” Reserve Brigade of the RFA Camp visited the Canadian Camp at Shoreham. Well over 1000 soldiers were delighted by the high-class entertainments held in the YMCA Cinema Hut with many calls for encores.
Over two and a half hours of entertaining acts from the party included music by banjoist Gunner Lintott, comedy from Bomb. Herd and conjuring by Corporal Summers. Canadian Capt. Clarke introduced each performance with witty jokes that were heartily applauded.
The Concert Party were called upon to return soon and offered their service to any war charity or fellow soldiers who were interested.
Private Archibald Lea of the Fifteenth Canadian Highlanders, who died in the London County Council’s Military hospital at Epsom, was buried locally with military honours attended by many soldiers from Shoreham Camp.
His father was a local Worthing business-man but Archibald was in Toronto when war broke out and immediately signed up to the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
In July, 1915, he was wounded but recovered and went back to the fighting line in November. He remained abroad until the 28th of April 1916 when he was wounded again in the fighting at St. Eloi. Unfortunately, on this second occasion this more serious wound led to tetanus to which he succumbed.
His funeral was well-attended with a firing party and gun carriage supplied by the Royal Fusiliers from Shoreham Camp and accompanied by every indication of widespread respect and esteem.
Two members of an underage Battalion of Canadian Regiment at Shoreham, Theodore Descanucle of Rumanian extraction, and Emillien Grigon, a French Canadian, were charged with stealing Worthing local, Florence Briant’s, tricycle that was valued at £4.
Constable Pateman of Lancing stated he saw the accused with the tricycle on Tuesday night outside the Sussex Pad Inn. Pateman said he questioned the two boys who began conferring with one another in a foreign language for answers before responding that their mate had lent them the tricycle so they could ride to the next town “to see our girls”. Not satisfied with the answers, Pateman said he would arrest them. The boys ended up admitting they stole the bike and were taken to Shoreham Police Station where they further admitted that they were riding it to London!