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Forest Row Artillery training camp, Sussex

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Following on from a earlier posting, can any tell me more on the Forest Row Artillery training camp in Sussex ?

What was it, how big, any further links to perhaps pictures etc.

Thanks,

Alan

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Moonraker

Just one hit from a Google, telling of the purchase post-WWI of a hut from a camp at Forest Row:

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The Guardroom

Yep found this but not telling a lot.

I have found an Army Trainign camp at Croborough which is the town next door, so perhaps its this camp that Forest Row is refered to as.

Croborough camp is still there today, so obviously a long established camp !

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Phil Evans

Hello Alan,

Forest Row Camp only existed as a hutted camp for the duration of WW1, although the area had been used for various militia camps previously. It was situated on what is now the Royal Ashdown Golf Club, West Course; adjacent to the A22 London-Eastbourne road, between Forest Row and Wych Cross.

There is a memorial there today which is listed on the UKNIWM website (www.ukniwm.org.uk). Ref. No. 121. The memorial is dedicated to the various units of the South Western Mounted Brigade, 1B Reserve Brigade and 66 Divisional Artillery.

There were strong links with Crowborough Camp, which was a few miles away. eg 3/1 London Sanitary Unit, based at Crowborough gave instruction on all things hygienic. Courses in signals, map reading etc were also held at Crowborough, I believe.

Shortly after the war, the camp was broken up. Rumour has it that several of the huts were sold off to local farmers and as you have seen, for other uses. The foundations etc were just covered over and forgotten.

Information on the camp is very hard to come by, not helped by the limited number of Home Service war diaries held at the National Archives. 1B Reserve Brigade, I know virtually nothing about. I have been researching the camp for over a year now as it was part of my playground as a child and always held a fascination.

Regards,

Phil

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azureus
Yep found this but not telling a lot.

I have found an Army Trainign camp at Croborough which is the town next door, so perhaps its this camp that Forest Row is refered to as.

Croborough camp is still there today, so obviously a long established camp !

I dont know if its the same but there is a training camp which is still used today as far as I know at Nutley , I used to fish the lakes there , it was called Pippingford Park , dont know if thats any use to you ,

cheers Dave

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azureus
Yep found this but not telling a lot.

I have found an Army Trainign camp at Croborough which is the town next door, so perhaps its this camp that Forest Row is refered to as.

Croborough camp is still there today, so obviously a long established camp !

hope this will be of some use to you

"]http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/AboutDefence/CorporatePublications/DefenceEstateandEnvironmentPublications/AccessAndRecreation/PippingfordParkDryTrainingAreaSection28DirectionFormAndMap.htm

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squirrel

Crowborough Camp was certainly there 20 years ago when I was deep cleaning the kitchens before the TA used the camp for the summer.

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Footpad

Hi,

I have a group photograph of Rood Ashton Troop, A Sqn, Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry taken at "Forest Row Sussex" in Sep 15.

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Mike HB

Hi

This is rather late, but if Alan is still out there, I found this when researching my Grandad, who was based here between 1915 and 1916 with the 2/3 East Lancs (Bolton Artillery). It seems to have been an artillery training camp.

 

Mike 

THE MILITARY ON ASHDOWN FOREST 1793- 1924.pdf

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