Worthing Pier declared itself “indebted” to the soldiers from Shoreham Camp for providing great entertainments. The Shoreham Camp’s London Command Depot orchestra put on special concerts that boosted visitor numbers. The Camp also provided a range of Concert Parties such as the Big Bens and Non-descripts.
In May 1918 the Musiques were in possession of the Pavillion. Dressed in Pierrot costume and under the leadership of Lieutenant Richardson their very masculine performance was well-designed for popular audiences.
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.
Military absentee – at the Police Court, William Wynyard was charged with being absent without leave (AWOL) from the 10th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment at Shoreham Camp. P.C. Monk explained he had met the defendant at Horsham on the previous evening. When the soldier was asked for his pass he “kicked up rough” and refused to give any account of himself. The defendant admitted to the offence, and was remanded to await a military escort.
The members of the local Ladies’ Orchestra provided entertainment in the Camp at Shoreham. On this occasion a large assembly of guest soldiers gathered in No. 2 Hut for the most attractive evening’s entertainment. They thoroughly enjoyed the performance, especially the presence of Miss Grace Nockels who gave the most welcome of vocal assistance.
The Dome Electric Theatre had a successful line-up that week including a new episode of soldiers’ favourite, “The Laughing Mask”. The following week the schedule was to feature a Triangle exclusive and a Pathé Gazette reel showing convalescent Colonials doing gymnastic exercises at Shoreham Camp.
The King made a second successful visit to Shoreham Camp. On this occasion he inspected the physical exercises and treatments for those recuperating at the Camp from injury – such as bouts of boxing. He also visited the gardens where recuperating soldiers grew vegetables – 200 tons of potatoes in the last year!
During his inspection the large detachment of South African troops then at the Camp greeted the King with a wild ‘war whoop’.
The King also took time to present the Military Medal to Corporal Balls with an audience that included locally employed German prisoners.
He completed his visit to the coast with a trip to the Eastern Command Depot.
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!
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.
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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.