Catterick Garrison history website launched

A WEBSITE has been set up to mark the history and upcoming milestone of the largest military garrison in Europe.

The Catterick Garrison Centenary and History Group launched the site today (Monday, January 7) in preparation of the 2014 centenary.

The group, which has been together for a year, currently holds more than 700 pictures from throughout the history of the garrison which will be uploaded onto the site over the coming weeks with accompanying information.

The group also has a You Tube channel, Catterick Camp History, with films from the early 1960s about camp life, and is working towards adding interviews with Catterick residents and former and current personnel.

Group founder and chairman Peter Fowler said: “The launch was a fantastic success, but we are still looking for memories and photos from Catterick to add to our collection.”

Photographs on the site date back to the construction of the camp in 1914, with the original concept for a temporary camp to accommodate two complete divisions – 40,000 men in 2,000 huts.

The website also includes a timeline of events from the opening of the garrison, recording royal visits and changes at the camp.

Members of the history group are appealing for assistance from serving and former personnel, ex-Ministry of Defence employees and members of the public, for memories and photographs of Catterick Garrison throughout the ages.

There will be mobile exhibition of many of the photographs on Saturday, (January 12) from 2pm at Scotton Social Club.

Information can be passed via the website or by calling Mr Fowler on 07854-246693.

Proceeds from the website will be donated to service charities.

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11:29am Sat 12 Jan 13

johnrich514 says...

I was born at Hipswell Village in 1933 and my father who had been in the Royal Artillery in the Greatt War was heavily involved in the planning of the new barracks from 1918 onwards. He was firstly Chief Clerk to the Garrison Commander at that time, Brig. Cary, and then was gradually promoted to Deptury Commander R.E. (civilian Estab) and then eventually retiring as Civilian Establishment Pay Officer for civilian staff employed on militry bases for the surrounding area. He is mentioned in the history book of Catterick Garrison. Both my sisters worked at Catterick for a time and I joined the R. Signals there as a boy soldier in 1947. The family moved south in the 60s.
I was born at Hipswell Village in 1933 and my father who had been in the Royal Artillery in the Greatt War was heavily involved in the planning of the new barracks from 1918 onwards. He was firstly Chief Clerk to the Garrison Commander at that time, Brig. Cary, and then was gradually promoted to Deptury Commander R.E. (civilian Estab) and then eventually retiring as Civilian Establishment Pay Officer for civilian staff employed on militry bases for the surrounding area. He is mentioned in the history book of Catterick Garrison. Both my sisters worked at Catterick for a time and I joined the R. Signals there as a boy soldier in 1947. The family moved south in the 60s. johnrich514

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