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Kinmel Camp

   Kimnel Camp was located in the grounds of Kinmel Hall near Abergele in North Wales. The camp complex consisted of twenty sub-camps (with their own canteens and messes), a small hospital, Post Office, Bakery, Theatre, Wesleyan, Free Church, Salvation Army and three YMCA buildings. The Railway Station, Kinmel adjacent to the main camp entrance was a small collection of civilian-owned shops, nicknamed 'Tintown'.

No physical barriers separated the camp from the surrounding countryside, even the stone wall that marked the extremity of the camp was pierced to allow ready access to the sub-camps. It was protected to its southerly parts by concrete and wire posts. The upper, southerly area off the A55 contained the HQ and the permanent buildings, whilst the area lying northwards, containing the bell tent arrangements was left open. Bodelwyddan village itself showed evidence of the military layout, with street names such as Artillery Row, Fusilier Close (still in use). The Marble Church at Bodelwyddan, apart from containing the Canadian Graves (those who died during the March 1919 Mutiny and the forty or so who died in the Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1919), also contain the graves of other service men and women who died at intermittent times during the war - killed in training, died of wounds etc. The camp layout consisted of fields containing the concrete foundations of admin, guardhouse, buildings, and the level earthworks on which timber huts were laid, basic concrete and metal surface of connecting roads to the main pathways and The cinema, Kinmel Camp connecting routes. The huts were built of weather clad timber on basic concrete bases, bunked to hold about 180 men. Every fourth hut also had cookhouse facilities containing the original brick chimneys. The practice trench area was in the easterly part of the camp and were easily accessible and well cared for. They were replicas of those to be expected in France which companies spent days being 'acclimatised' by living in them.

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Pte. Harry Clitheroe 8th Btn. King's (Liverpool) Regiment

I thought I would try and piece together my great grandfather Harry Clitheroe's World War 1 and World War 2 history. I'll be happy to receive any input from people.

Harry was born in 1898. In 1917 he is 18 years old and he joined up and was at 60th Training Battalion, 20th Welsh Regiment, Kimmel Barracks, North Wales. (Not sure what date he joins up for here.) But he then joins the 8th Battalion King's Liverpool (Irish) Regiment, enlisting at Preston on 24th February 1917. (I will be looking at which battles he took part in.) He was a private and his service number was 88329.

Harry was discharged after service on 18th February 1919: remarks 2 Blue Chevrons in France. The day after - 19th February 1919 - he enlists in the 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, as a Private, with the service number 3435140. He served for 2 years and 41 days and was discharged on 31st March 1921. He was a 1st Class rifle shot and 1st Class Lewis Gunner.

When World War 2 started he found himself with the RASC in Belgium. When the Germans invaded he narrowly escaped and had to get to Dunkirk - some 20 miles away.

John Melling


Pte. Frank Wesley Blackmore No. 6 Stationary Hospital Royal Army Medical Corps

F. W. Blackmore

Frank Blackmore was born at 14 Worrall Road, Clifton, on Saturday July 19th 1890. He was the son of Frederick Charles and Augusta Susan Wesley Blackmore (nee Smith), who were lodging there at the time. He was later educated at Summerhill Council School, St. George, Bristol and by 1911 was working as a clerk in Packers, a local chocolate factory in Greenbank. He enlisted in Bristol on Monday 8th February 1915. At the time he was still living with his parents at 'Fillwood', 334 Church Road, St. George, Bristol.

His medical records show that Frank was 24 years 6 months of age, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a 35 1/2 inch chest. He was appointed Private 52165 in the Royal Army Medical Corps and would be paid 1s. 2d. per day. He was sent to Llandrindod Wells, Wales in April 1915 for two anti-typhoid inoculations and to commence his basic training. Before being posted abroad Frank received additional proficiency pay of 4d. per day as from 11th May 1915. He was to land in Le Havre, France on Wednesday 9th June 1915 with No. 6 Stationary Hospital, RAMC, part of the British Expeditionary Force along with Lieutenant A. Jamieson and other volunteers who were placed in No. 6 Ward.

On 25th February 1917 he applied to join the infantry and was sent to No. 16 Officer Training Battalion at Kimnel, North Wales. In their 28th November 1917 edition the London Gazette announced that as of 31st October 1917 Frank Blackmore had been commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. He was later to be attached to 4th (Reserve) Battalion, "The Queen's" Royal West Surrey Regiment. He never saw active service again and was demobilized on Saturday 22nd March 1919.

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