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    History Questions on UK Evacuation - My father was treated in the 182nd General Hosptial from NOV1944-FEB1945. I am trying to gather any information on the Hospital - pictures, may of the time period, "exact" location in Sudbury park (prison or not) if the buildings still exist and are they accessible? I am missing two other pieces to his evacuation to and fro. 1) From Paris in OCT44, his medical card says UK and then we pick his trail up at the 79th General Hospital in Southampton before being sent to the 182nd. Not sure about the trans in between. 2) His return in FEB45 has him leaving Sudbury to the 10th Repo Depot in Lichfield. From there I don't know how he got to Le Harve... Tidworth (12th Repo Depot) and then out thru Southampton? Thanks.

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    AAF Station 158 Sudbury / Marchington

    I really appreciate all the info on this site. Maybe someone can help me locate this station. I am confused as to where station 158 was located. Some references say Sudbury, Staffs., some say Sudbury, Derbyshire. Is this the same place??
    I am sitting here in Minnesota in the US, never been to the UK, not familiar with counties and cities over there.
    Any help as to where this USAAF station was located would really be awesome!
    Here's two pics of my dad at this base in 1943-1945. He was a supply sergeant at the depot. Looks like a Nissen hut, am I correct, although it seems much taller. He's the joker on the left in the outside photo. The "sign" says Supply Sec.
    Hi,i saw your thread about Marchington camp and thought you may like to see these aerial photos
    taken in 1947.if you Google "Britain from above" and sign in,you can use their zoom facility to get a really close look.there are four photos,this link may take you straight there.
    hope you find what you are searching for.

    http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/i...chington&ref=0

    cheers Rick

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    Some serious rail spurs into the depot shown here:

    http://wtp2recorder.appspot.com/wher...=None&rov=None

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    Quote Originally Posted by PETERTHEEATER View Post
    Some serious rail spurs into the depot shown here:

    http://wtp2recorder.appspot.com/wher...=None&rov=None
    Hi Peter,thanks for that map.I'm just hoping the chap who started the thread about his dad
    gets to see the photos from Britain from above that i posted a link to.I came across it by accident,
    now I cant stop looking to see if i can find where his dad was in the photos.I originally was looking at a line of vehicles which to me look like motorbikes,but I prolly will never find out.
    cheers Rick

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    Right It took me a while to realise that these site drawings are Marchington although they are titled Sudbury:





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    I am quite familiar with the Marchington site. As a local beat bobby back in the eighties I often responded to alarm calls there. I recall seeing dozens of Green Goddess fire tenders which were stored in one of the hangars in service readiness. These were used during the brief fire fighters strike back in 2002. Makes you wonder if the government wasn't gearing up for the confrontation. I also remember escorting one of the old dears onto the motorway; crewed by soldiers, to the scene of a multiple vehicle RTC and flat out at 35 MPH when full of water. Hardly a rapid response. I don't know what happened to them in the meantime. My favourite memory of the area was exploring the old American accommodation and canteen buildings which are still extant S.E. of the main site which is now an industrial estate. I passed them today and have made enquiries regarding access. I intend to visit the site sooner rather than later and I will take photographs and report back.
    One thing that sticks in my mind is the state of the kitchens. They were in a remarkable state despite the ravages of vandals and nature. Apparently the base had been modestly maintained during the cold war period in readiness for re-occupation if the balloon had ever gone up. In more recent years it was used by police dog and firearms teams for training until the buildings were found to be full of asbestos! It will be interesting to see what is left after the local kids/police have had their fun and the travelling scrap dealers have had their fill. Watch this space.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gko View Post
    History Questions on UK Evacuation - My father was treated in the 182nd General Hosptial from NOV1944-FEB1945. I am trying to gather any information on the Hospital - pictures, may of the time period, "exact" location in Sudbury park (prison or not) if the buildings still exist and are they accessible? I am missing two other pieces to his evacuation to and fro. 1) From Paris in OCT44, his medical card says UK and then we pick his trail up at the 79th General Hospital in Southampton before being sent to the 182nd. Not sure about the trans in between. 2) His return in FEB45 has him leaving Sudbury to the 10th Repo Depot in Lichfield. From there I don't know how he got to Le Harve... Tidworth (12th Repo Depot) and then out thru Southampton? Thanks.
    The hospital at Sudbury is just north of the A50 at its junction with the A515 and is now a prison. Some of the WW2 buildings are still standing.

    Grid ref: SK 15913 33021

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paullus View Post
    I am quite familiar with the Marchington site. As a local beat bobby back in the eighties I often responded to alarm calls there. I recall seeing dozens of Green Goddess fire tenders which were stored in one of the hangars in service readiness. These were used during the brief fire fighters strike back in 2002. Makes you wonder if the government wasn't gearing up for the confrontation. I also remember escorting one of the old dears onto the motorway; crewed by soldiers, to the scene of a multiple vehicle RTC and flat out at 35 MPH when full of water. Hardly a rapid response. I don't know what happened to them in the meantime. My favourite memory of the area was exploring the old American accommodation and canteen buildings which are still extant S.E. of the main site which is now an industrial estate. I passed them today and have made enquiries regarding access. I intend to visit the site sooner rather than later and I will take photographs and report back.
    One thing that sticks in my mind is the state of the kitchens. They were in a remarkable state despite the ravages of vandals and nature. Apparently the base had been modestly maintained during the cold war period in readiness for re-occupation if the balloon had ever gone up. In more recent years it was used by police dog and firearms teams for training until the buildings were found to be full of asbestos! It will be interesting to see what is left after the local kids/police have had their fun and the travelling scrap dealers have had their fill. Watch this space.


    ***Steve***

    Approx 3500 "Green Goddess" were built in the early 1950's. They were mobile emergency pumps and formed part of a fleet of pipe carriers and hose laying vehicles. The 2WD versions of the GG were sold off some while ago, leaving the remains of the 4WD fleet. Some of the 4WD were aritten off in accidents during various deployments during the firemens strikes. There have been various plans for deployment during their lifetime, at one time they were dispersed across Home Office Stores (e.g: Steventon and Branston) and airfields (e.g.: Ashbourne and Tilstock) and some at regular fire stations. We had one in Camberley affectionately known as "Gilbert", which came into its own when the heathland caught fire as it would go anywhere, and frequently did. The fleet was latterly consolidated at Marchington under a maintenance/upgrade contract with TNT, by which time there were 1098 remaining. They have since been sold off, some privately for as little as 3500 each, and some shipped to Africa or the "stan" countries where their simplicity and ruggedness is considered an asset rather than a source of amusement. Some ended up in Chernobyl when the Russian appliances became contaminated in the power station accident.

    More detail here: http://www.romar.org.uk/page91.html
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    Marchington was rebuilt as a Central Vehicle Depot (CVD) Royal Army Ordnance Corp and opened in 1958, absorbing the stock from 32 CVD Sudbury and 33 BVD Derby. Closure was announced in 1965 and the last military vehicle left in 1967. Presumably the Home Office took over after that. I went there in 1996 during the Essex Fireman's strike, I believe TNT were running the depot then.

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