WW2 relics at Stainton Grove Military Camp, Barnard Castle, DL12 8UJ, UK

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2nd Field Regiment Royal Artillery

2nd Field Regiment Royal Artillery consisted of 4 batteries, HQ Bty, LNery Bty, N Eagles Bty &  O The Rocket Troop Bty.  I was stationed here at Barford Camp until 1971 when the Regiment moved to Hemer, Germany.


I was a young Gunner of 17 sent here after my initial training in  Woolwich.  I served with L Bty for 4 years.  Being stationed for here my first posting was an eye opener; especially during the colder months where we had to dig our way out of the barracks as the snow piled up.  As I was the latest recruit I had the bed next to the door which was the furthest away from the coal stove.  Needless to say I froze only having the standard two blankets to keep warm.  One night while I was in town I came back to find a sheep tied to my bed. 

 

The Gun Park was straight across the road that was near a dangerous bend in the road.  The Regiment had 105mm self-propelled guns known as “Abbots”.  One day the weather was so cold the older soldiers had a fire going in a large steel bin.  They surrounded this fire seated on their collection of wooden boxes.  They told me to piss off.  A Sergeant, seeing this  said to me "If you cannot have the fire then sod them.  Here put these rounds in some cotton wool and throw them in the fire”.  I was stopped short of the fire with my roll of cotton wool.  One of the seated soldiers said “Where you going, get away from the fire”.  I said “I only wanted to put some wool on the fire".  Within a minute the fire exploded in all directions along with the seated soldiers.  I slipped away unnoticed.

 

On a weekend break from the camp it was time to get back so I set off from Kendal with a large suitcase and walked across Shap into Barnard Castle and up on the moor to Barford Camp.  It was a long journey in the dark and it was the only time I fell asleep walking.  I was knackered when I got there with an hour to spare before parade.

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The Memories of Stainton Grove Military Camp Project was one of a number of community-led projects along and nearby the route of the proposed South West Durham Heritage Corridor. 

 

The South West Durham Heritage Corridor will be a multi-user route along the former Bishop Auckland to Barnard Castle railway line. 

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The Memories of Stainton Grove Military Camp Project is being led by Stainton Grove Community Association and coordinated by Groundwork West Durham and Darlington. It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the 'Your Heritage' grant programme.

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