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    Default RAF Linguists Plaque Bodmin

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    On the front wall of The Keep, DCLI Barracks, Bodmin.

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    Default Re: RAF Linguists Plaque Bodmin

    Thanks, I did not know about that school.

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    Default Re: RAF Linguists Plaque Bodmin

    Nice-one Phil, another on my list to [never] photograph ....but then again... ?

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    Default Re: RAF Linguists Plaque Bodmin

    Attached is a clipping from the Western Morning News 5th Feb 2003 about a book just published then which tells the tale of the JSSL School at Bodmin. As you can see some interesting names passed through!
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    Default Re: RAF Linguists Plaque Bodmin

    Some of the old huts from the school are still extant on the Walker Lines Industrial Estate. The old guardroom occupied by The National Trust is on Normandy Way.

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    Well you learn something every day don't you !?! .......I had absolutely no idea that was there

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    Default Re: RAF Linguists Plaque Bodmin

    The building used by the National Trust...
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    The photograph was taken back in June 2009 but little has changed.

    Most of the huts on the Walker Lines Estate date from the expansion of the camp in 1943 for the arrival of the US29th Division. There were a few outside the wall of the old Victoria Barracks (DCLI HQ) in 1940 but not many. The huts were used by the army in various guises (inc JSSL and RAEC) until the Light Infantry pulled out in the late 60's when the local council used them for small business units or allowed some housing to be built on the site. I believe there are about half a dozen huts that remain dating from 1943.

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