Shoreham Camp

In 1913 the area around Buckingham park was peaceful open farm land. Locals had no idea that this was about to change; Kitcheners army was soon to take over the entire area and things would be very different.

Following the declaration of war in August 1914 an army of soldiers would come to live in tents on this open grassland but unfortunately heavy rain began to fall in October 1914 turning the area into a mud bath.

A great improvement was made in the early months of 1915 when the accommodation huts, rapidly constructed during the winter of 1914-15 were deemed fit for habitation and a new temporary town was born. These pages give some idea of where the camp was located and what some of it looked like.

Tented Camp

The tented camp was rapidly assembled during 1914. The conditions were so bad with heavy rain and mud that the troops were moved out of the tents in September so that a more permanent wooden hut camp could be constructed.

Hutment Camp

Timeline

A timeline of the army camp can be found here: Shoreham Camp Timeline.pdf

Goodchild Letters

The following extracts of letters were written by three Goodchild brothers between 1914 and 1916. Henry Finch the nephew of the brothers has kindly allowed clips from the letters to be included here.

The first set was sent by 15103 Pte Arthur Goodchild, Suffolk Regt (date of birth 25 November 1896) to his mother from September 1914 (enlisted) to July 1916 (discharged?). AG enlisted in Kitchener’s New Army although under age and with defective hearing.

The full collection of letters can be read at http://goodchilds.org/the-letters/




— Brian Drury
January 2013



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We're always in need of equipment, tools, and items at the fort... here's a few things on our wish list:

Projector

Purchased with funding raised through a week of community fundraising in Shoreham Branch

A big THANK-YOU to Santander for the donation!

Door and window for Food for Fort

We were very fortunate to have been donated the doors to the Nissen hut and Food of Fort by Vivo Vision in Worthing. Unfortunately, with the break in, the door and window to Food for Fort is damaged and has been boarded up since September. It would be incredible if there was anyone out there who could help us with the replacement of these broken items.

Sponsors

We have four main events of the year, the biggest being our Military History Weekend - Sponsors of any of our events would be very welcome - please contact us

Expertise

Bid writers / Architects / Fundraisers

Hand tools

We are getting to the end of the useful life of our trowels, hand garden forks and equipment that we use for carefully weeding around the Scheduled Monument. Any small hand tools would be gratefully received. As would kneeling mats and gloves.

Barrack Block

The Dream........ We really are working on this but relying on others is a very frustrating process ;)

Newly equiped classroom facility

This year we were able to purchase 40 chairs, 40 clipboards, an A Frame easel and dry marker pens to complete our classroom facility in the Nissen hut. This was all made possible by the Shoreham and Southwick Rotary who we help when we can with book donations and especially at Christmas with our very own version of Elf and Safety lol Thank you for your continued support

A big THANK-YOU to Rotary Club of Shoreham & Southwick for the donation!

Renewal of IT/presentation equipment

With a partial award for an application to Sussex Community Foundation we have been able to increase our outreach and education programme; therefore increasing word of mouth of our project and engaging the wider community in a positive and proactive manner.

A big THANK-YOU to Sussex Community Foundation for the donation!

Volunteers

People are genuinely surprised when we tell them how few volunteers we have that come on site on a regular basis to help maintain and conserve the site for the enjoyment of the public. If you think you would like to get involved with this amazing project then please do get in touch or come down on one of our volunteer days. It may look like it's all hard, manual work but there really is a job for all.

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