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

People who were at Streatlam - Tom Waller

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In late 1967 the 6th Inf. Brigade re located from the York Barracks in Munster  W/Germany back to the UK as part of very far reaching defence cuts back then when the UK was holding out the begging bowl for IMF funds.  


I remember going on a tank driving course to take AV 432 signal command vehicles back to Barnard Castle.   We sailed by Ferry to Hull and then I commanded an AV432 through the small B roads to the area but can not remember the name of the camp.  It was a few miles out of town and on a hilly grassy site with a former house of some importance in years gone past on our right hand side as you looked from the main road which once had it's own tree lined driveway.   The barracks were wooden and we were 16 or more to a room and that is about all I remember.  We did not say with the tanks as they were picked up and taken from us when we arrived in town.


Sadly I do not remember the name of the camp, but I do wonder if anything remains to this day.   All the Royal Signals people were housed there for a bit until we were re assigned or re trained.  


I remember well the NAFFI introduced a great many of us to the delights of Newcastle Brown Ale, which back then with an ABV of over 6% was nicknamed 'Lunatic Soup''.  I remember well our trips into town and how friendly the locals were when we got there.


Kind regards,


Tom Waller then Signalman Waller 24038861



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The camp was Streatlam Camp to the west of Streatlam Castle.  The only signs of the camp now are the concrete tank tracks and roadways.  The castle was sold in 1922, gutted in 1927 and the shell was blown up in1959 as part of a Territorial Army exercise. (webmaster)

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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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