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    Anglesey

    Ty Croes WWII Firing Range & Camp

    Brecknockshire

    Brecon WWII Initial Training Camp, Royal Welch Regiment

    Builth Wells
    WWII Army Camp associated with the Sennybridge Ranges. Used by Canadian troops

    Court-y-Gollen, Glangrwyney WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 3,120 personnel) (O6838)

    Dan-y-Parc, Crickhowell WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 1,560 personnel) (O6738). 5th Engineer Special Brigade

    Dering Lines Camp, Brecon Training camp used in WWI and WWII. Currently the Infantry Battle School

    Llanelwedd, Builth WWII Summer Camp (camp capacity 1,302 personnel) (O4873)

    Llangattock Park WWII US Army Camp 7th Armoured Group (camp capacity 783 personnel) (O6539)

    Sennybridge WWII Field Training Camp (6-pounder, 25-pounder & 3in mortar)

    Caernarvonshire

    Betws-y-Coed WWII Military Hospital

    Craig-y-Dderwen, Betws-y-Coed WWII Cambrian Sub-District HQ

    Conway Volunteer/TF Annual Camp

    Coed Helen, Caernarvon WWII Army Basic Training Camp known to have been occupied by 7th Battalion The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)

    Deganwy WWI Army Camp (1914)

    Great Orme, Llandudno WWII RAF CHL RDF Station with Domestic Site

    Llanberis Volunteer/TF Annual Camp

    Llandudno WWII US Army Military Hospitals: 55th General Hospital, 3rd, 15th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, 25th, 26th & 55th Hospital Trains; 29th & 57th Field Hospitals

    Morfa WWI Army Camp (1914–17)

    Rhos-on-Sea WWII Army Camp, No.2 Holding Battalion, RASC

    Cardiganshire


    Bow Street Volunteer/TF Annual Camp

    Devil’s Bridge, Aberystwyth Volunteer/TF Annual Camp

    Glan Rheidol WWI Army Camp (1914) (SN6679)

    Lovesgrove, Aberystwyth Volunteer/TF Annual Camp from 1910

    Carmarthenshire

    Bury Port WWII US Army Camp (port) 27th QWM Group

    Carmarthen, Bron-y-Dre, Penllwyn Park WWII Carmarthen Sub-Area HQ, Carmarthen Sub-District HQ

    Carmarthen WWII US Army 12th Evacuation Hospital (750 bed), 116th Hospital Train

    Highmead, Llanybyther (Llanybydder) WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 1,045 personnel) (N9666)

    Llandeilo WWII Reinforcement Camp to be used by 36th Ind Infantry Brigade in the event of an Invasion of the UK

    Llandovery WWII US Army Camp, VIII Corps Artillery

    Llanelly (Llanelli) WWII Army Camp located in requisitioned property in the town

    Llangadog WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 710 personnel) (O1550)

    St Clears WWII Army Camp used for pre-D-Day Exercise 'Jantzen'

    Velindre WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 666 personnel) (N8061)

    Denbighshire


    Abergele, Kinmel and Rhyl (also Flintshire) A number of army camps have been located here from WWI to well beyond WWII. Many discrepancies, but sites include: Abergele Billets – see below. Sunningvale Camp, Kinmel Bay, Kinmel Park – see below, Bolsover Camp – WWII RA Army Camp Rhyl, possibly near Marsh, or Wellington Road

    Abergele WWII US Army Camp 32nd Evacuation Hospital 62nd General Hospital (1,500 beds)

    Denbigh Volunteer/TF Annual Camp

    Eriddig Park, Wrexham WWII Summer and US Camp (camp capacity 1,302) (J7869)

    Horsley Hall, Gresford WWII No.12 Pioneer Centre, MT Driver's Training School

    Kinmel Park, Bodelwyddan Built c.1915 as training camp for North Wales battalions, with 21 sub camps at the end of WWI. Used throughout WWII, and then certainly until the 1970s… Now a trading estate. WWI 9th Canadian General Hospital, 890 beds, hutted

    Llay (Llai) WWII US Army 8th Convalescent Hospital

    Plas Power, Bersham WWII Summer Camp (camp capacity 1,302) (J7671)

    Wrexham, Hermitage Camp WWII No.12 AMPC Camp

    Wrexham, Hightown Barracks Royal Welsh Fusiliers Depot


    Flintshire

    Bettisfield Park WWI Camping Ground Royal Field Artillery, No.2 Reserve Brigade WWII Summer Camp (camp capacity 1,302 personnel) (J9159)

    Bryn-y-Pys WWII Summer Camp (camp capacity 2,604 personnel) (J8263)

    Fenn’s Bank WWI Army Camp for 1,000 men from 1916

    Gwernheylod House, Argoed Lane, Overton WWII Royal Artillery 1940. US Army Camp (camp capacity 400 personnel) (J8364)
    HHD?, 1st Medical Service Group. Post WWII Polish Officers quarters. Demolished 1956

    Lightwood Green WWII RAOC Depot

    Llanerch Panna, Penley WWII US Army 304 Station Military Hospital (834 beds) (J8760)

    Overton-on-Dee, Wrexham WWII Army Camp used by US Army units

    Penley Hall WWII US 18th Hospital Train, WWII US/Polish Hospital (1,084 beds) (J8761)

    Prestatyn
    No.12 Pioneer Corps Training Centre, 1943–46

    Prestatyn Holiday Camp Pre-WWII Holiday Camp used by the Royal Signals as No.2 Signals Training Centre

    St Asaph, Llannerch Park WWII Kinmel Sub-Area HQ

    Glamorganshire


    Baronston? (Heronston?) WWII Winter Tented Camp (camp capacity 783 personel) (O3500)

    Barry Docks Embarkation Camp

    Barry, Hayes Lane WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 1,584 personnel) (T5790)

    Barry Golf Course (V6)
    WWII Tented Winter Camp (camp capacity 1,302 personnel) (T5795). D-Day Marshalling Area Camp V6

    Barry (G-40) WWII Supply Technical Training & Mobilisation Centre, also D-Day US Army Medical Depot G-40. 61st QM Battalion; 64th QM Battalion

    Barry, New Camp WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 1,248 personnel) (T5790)

    Bridgend WWII US Army Camp prior to D-Day

    Caerphilly Hostel WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 528 personnel) (O6008)

    Cardiff WWI 3rd Western General Hospital

    Cardiff, Maindy Barracks (V3) WWII US Army Barracks & Camp (camp capacity 1,528 personnel). Given the V3 designation for use as a Marshalling Area Camp but its unknown if it was used in this way (T6100)

    Cardiff, Heath Camp WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 1,385 personnel) (T6201), 24th Postal Regiment Section, 58th Army Postal Unit

    Cardiff Park & Drill Hall
    WWII US Army Camp (capacity 528 personnel)

    Clase Farm Hostel ?
    WWII US Army Camp (capacity 1,566 personnel) (O1220)

    Cowbridge, Llandough Castle
    WWII Glamorgan Sub-Area HQ

    Elba, Swansea WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 518 personnel) (O1215)

    Glanmor(e) Schools, Swansea WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 414 personnel) (O0916). Glanmor Girls Grammar School, and Central School, Glanmor(e) Hill

    Heath Camp (V2) WWII D-Day Marshalling Area Camp V2. Possibly Cardiff

    Heronston WWII D-Day Marshalling Area Camp W3 (may not have been used). Note the area is also known as Hernston and Hernstone

    Island Farm, Bridgend WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 1,560 personnel) (T3599) D-Day Marshalling Area Camp W4. (may not have been used for D-Day)

    Kenfig Burrows (W6) WWII Winter Tented Camp (camp capacity 1,302 personnel) (O2405). D-Day Marshalling Area Camp W6, 56th Signal Battalion

    Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff
    9th AA (Anti Aircraft) Division HQ

    Llandaff I WWII D-Day Marshalling Area Camp V4 (camp capacity 528 personnel) (T6090) Field Force Depot No.1

    Llantrisant, Dan-y-Graig WWII Severn Sub-District HQ

    Llantwit Major WWII AMWD Repair Depot

    Manselton, Swansea WWII Winter Tented Camp (camp capacity 1,566 personnel) (O0519) D-Day Marshalling Area Camp X2 (may not have been used)

    Marble ? (AAF number n/a) WWII Detachment 'B', 392nd Signal Company

    Margam Castle WWII 109th Infantry Regimental Headquarters, 1st Battalion 109th and Service Company. D-Day Marshalling Area Camp X1 (capacity 276 personnel) (O2408)

    Miskin WWII US Army 2nd Ordnance Battalion

    Mynydd Lliw I and II WWII D-Day Marshalling Area Camp X4

    Mynydd Lliw WWII Winter Tented Camp (camp capacity 2,604 personnel) (O0423). US Army Company 'C', 23rd Infantry Regiment

    Penarth
    Volunteer/TF Annual Camp

    Pontypridd WWII D-Day Marshalling Area Camp WI (camp capacity 783 personnel) (O5112)

    Porthcawl I & II WWII 28th Infantry Division, 107th Field Artillery Battalion, D-Day Marshalling Area Camp W5

    St Donats Group
    WWII D-Day Marshalling Area Camp W2 (camp capacity 1,560 personnel) (T3789) US Army 2nd Division Artillery

    St Mary's Hill? Penclawdd
    (AAF-443) NGRs are of two sites 18 miles apart WWII Winter Tented Camp (camp capacity 1,202 personnel) (O2405). WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 783 personnel) (N9918). 21st Postal Regiment Section, US 9th Air Force
    D-Day Marshalling Area Camp V7

    St Mellons WWII Winter Tented Camp (camp capacity 1,302 personnel) (O6703)

    Scurlage, Gower WWII Winter Tented Camp (camp capacity 2,000 personnel) (N9009) WWII US Army Camp, 2nd Battalion Infantry Regiment. 2nd Signal Company D-Day Marshalling Area Camp X5

    Singleton Park, Swansea WWII Winter Tented Camp (camp capacity 1,566 personnel) (O0715). D-Day Marshalling Area Camp X3,
    US Army 5th Engineer Special Brigade, 12th Port of Embarkation, 52nd QM Base Depot

    Wenvoe WWII Winter Tented Camp (camp capacity 1,302 personnel) (T5795). D-Day Marshalling Area Camp V5

    Merioneth

    Gibraltar Camp, Llanegryn
    Royal Marines Training Camp, Basic Seamanship

    Burma Camp, Llwyngwril Royal Marines Training Camp, Seamanship and Navigation

    Crete Camp, Barmouth
    Royal Marines Training Camp, Seamanship and Navigation

    Towyn & Morfa Camps WWII RM Commando Camps

    Tonfanau Camp WWII AA Training & Practise (Army and ATS), US 413th AA Btn. 1948–58: Light & Heavy AA Training, and Air Defence Regiments. 1959–66: All Arms Junior Leaders' Regiment

    Harlech WWII RA Training Camp known to be used by 75th Anti Tank Regiment prior to going to Cairo

    Trawsfynydd, Bronaber Camp Very large site used c.1900 to 1957

    Monmouthshire


    Aberdare WWII US Army Camp HQ & HQ Coy 11th Port of Entry (Mobile)

    Abergavenny, St Ronans WWII South Wales Sub-District HQ

    Abercarn WWII camp

    Caldicot Pill WWII RAF Camp ?

    Chepstow, Beachley WWII Army Camp Army Apprentices College, closed 1994

    Chepstow, Bulwark WWII Army Camp WWII Overflow Camp for Chepstow Racecourse (camp capacity 1,302 personnel) (O9715)

    Chepstow Racecourse
    WWII Army Camp with airstrip (camp capacity 2,880 personnel) (O9715)

    Chepstow, Sudbrook WWII Army Camp

    Clytha Park between Raglan and Abergavenny WWII used as training area and camp for UK and US units

    Crickhowell WWII Infantry Training & Transit Camp known to be occupied by 8th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
    Camp also used by US Army units

    Crickhowell, Court-y-Gollen WWII US 991st Field Artillery Battalion

    Gilwern (Aberbaiden House) WWII US Military Hospital (834 beds) (O7136). US 4012th Dump Truck Company

    Glanusk Park, Abergavenny WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 1,045 personnel) (O6540)

    Govilon WWII US Army 7th Field Hospital, (135 beds). 21st Hospital Train, 29th Field Hospital, (380 patients), 45th Hospital Train, 50th General Hospital, (1,500 beds)

    Llanmartin US Army Camp (camp capacity 3,120 personnel) (O8511)

    Llanover WWII US Army Camp (capacity 3,120 personnel) (O7530)

    Llanover (AAF number n/a) 816th Engineer Aviation Regiment. 29th Field Hospital (380 beds), 395th Signal Company Aviation (detachments)

    Llantaman? (Llantarnam) WWII Summer Camp (capacity 1,302 personnel) (O7514)

    Malpas Court UIS Army Camp, 20th Postal Regiment Section (capacity 1,560 personnel) (O7512)

    Monmouth, Castleton WWII Army Camp

    Monmouth, Vauxhall Fields TF/TA Annual Camp

    Monmouth, Block Camp WWII US Army 8th (Italian) Ordnance Medical Company. 14th Italian QM Service Company (1945)

    Newport WWII US Army Camp 4th Armoured Signal Battalion. HQ & HQ Coy 11th Port of Entry (Mobile) and 12th Port of Entry (Transportation Corps). 17th and 24th Postal Regulations Section, 65th Army Postal Unit

    Pontllanfraith WWII Summer Camp (camp capacity 2,604 personnel) (O6118). 15th Special Service Company, 2nd Ordnance Battalion

    Pontllanfraith (V1) WWII D-Day Marshalling Area Camp V1

    Pontypool WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 1,302 personnel) (O7322)

    Portskewett Woods WWII Army Camp used by US Army Units prior to D-Day

    St Mellons (AAF-516) 4th Port Intransit Depot, BADA

    Sedbury, Chepstow WWI & WWII Overflow Camp for Chepstow Race Course (camp capacity 783 personnel) (O9715)

    Tredegar Park & Pill WWII Balloon Defence Site for Newport, subsequently used by US Army as a storage facility (camp capacity 783 personnel) (O7406). 36th Ordnance Bomb Disposal Squadron

    Wonastow WWII US Army Camp (capacity 414 personnel) (O9134))

    Montgomeryshire

    Newtown WWII Army Camp. 23rd Medium & Heavy Training Regiment

    Welshpool Volunteer/TF Annual Camp (1907)

    Pembrokeshire

    Angle WWII US Army Camp (former airfield) (capacity 600 personnel) (N3225)

    Carm ? WWII US Army 2nd Medical Battalion

    Castlemartin: Newton, Trenorgan & Warren Camps WWII Army Camps in support of the Castlemartin Tank Ranges. Warren also used as German PoW Camp

    Cawdor Barracks Based at Brawdy airfield since 1996

    Clynderwen, Fishguard WWII US Army Camp HHC, 10th Armoured Group

    Haverfordwest WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 528 personnel) (N4039)

    Lamphey WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 414 personnel) (N4325)

    Manorbier WWII Firing Range

    Milford Haven, Hakin Point WWII US Army 13th Hospital Train

    Merrion WWII Army Camp and Tank Range under construction Nov 1942

    Newton Camp, Bosherston WWII Army Camp in support of Coastal Tank Ranges at Merrion

    Pembroke Dock Barracks RM Barracks built c.1844

    Pembroke Dock, Llanion Camp Pre WWI Army Camp. WWII US 110th Infantry Regiment (camp capacity 2,110 personnel) (N4426)

    Pembroke Dock, Pennar Point Barracks Torpedo and Submarine Mine Depot before becoming the Royal Engineers' Barracks

    Penally, Tenby Volunteer/TF RA Practice Camp WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 1,200 personnel) (N5723)

    Picton & Slebech Parks, Haverfordwest WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 1,285 personnel) (N4737)

    Tenby WWII US Army Camp (camp capacity 2,090 personnel) (N5824) 2nd Infantry Division, 28th Infantry Division;
    HQ&HQ Btn, 28th Infantry Division (Artillery)

    Radnorshire

    Rhayader WWII Army Camp

    Stanage Park, Knighton WWII Summer Camp (camp capacity 1,302 personnel) (O7793)
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    This email arrived via the website from Les Broad, can anyone help

    At the entrance to Llannerch Park, now in Denbighshire, there are the remains of a military presence and what appears to be a bomb crater. Is anything known of the history of what was Kinmel Sib-Area HQ?

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    May i correct some spellings in Carmarthen and Glamorgan, Llandilo is correctly spelt "Llandeilo" Claes Farm Hostel is "Clase Farm Hostel" and Singleston Park is Singleton Park.

    Thanks, yours sicerely

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    Thanks for that Gary and Welcome to AiX

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    In WWII the name was Llandilo - not sure when it changed to Llandeilo. Guess it might be when Caernarvon became Caernarfon, and Portmadoc became Porthmadog. The OS maps of the period use the former spellings. Always something out there to trick you. Did we English do this sort of thing? I believe it is common practice to use 'the spelling at the time', but it is by no means universal.

    Welcome to AiX Gary, and thanks for doing some proof reading for us.

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    Sealand Army Shooting Ranges - Flintshire - quite a few huts on aerial photos. Also served the RAF Bombing Range on Burton marsh.

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    Thanks Paul, i look forward to learning more from group members as i go along, Gary

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    I have got around 50 site plan drawings (digitised copies) of US Army Marshalling Camps in the Western Region UK. Some used temporary hutting with existing permanent buildings and others were tented but most have left some marks and can be identified.

    This one is KENFIG BURROWS CAMP (tented);


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    Interesting as the Kenfig site is slap bang in the middle of the Margam Sands Bombing Range. I wonder if that was why the air to ground range stopped being used of if it was already out of use and that is why the camp was there? If only the archives didn't have gaping chasms in their coverage!

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    I also have one or two of camps named Margham Sands but, as with Kenfig, have not yet really looked at the location vis a vis bombing ranges. Have taken the opportunity of today's fast speed connectiin to Fold3 to download anything of interest.

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