The Army Camp

On the area that is now the Bird Estate

By Margaret March

Dave Cowan talks about the Army Camp in the early 1950's which was at the back of what is now the Bird estate.  Many of the soldiers were only known by what today would be regarded as their politically incorrect nicknames.

Apparently St Georges Church Hall in Rushbottom Lane is one of the old Army Camp huts that have been put to good service over many years, however it is now ready for replacement and fund raising is under way.

The Benfleet British Army Camp

Description of how the local boys would exchange comics with the soldiers.

Dances at the Army Camp

Peter Freeman talks about some of the bands that played for dances at the Army Camp, on what is now the Bird Estate.

Photo:An aerial view of the Army Camp taken from the direction of Benfleet Creek

An aerial view of the Army Camp taken from the direction of Benfleet Creek

Photo:The Army Camp are the huts that can be seen in the background.  This photograph was taken between 1942 -1944 in Woodham Road Benfleet looking towards the railway line.

The Army Camp are the huts that can be seen in the background. This photograph was taken between 1942 -1944 in Woodham Road Benfleet looking towards the railway line.

Mrs Marion Turner (nee Reeves)

This page was added by Margaret March on 09/12/2012.
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I remember when my colleagues at the Marks & Spencers Retirement Club used to tell me that they had been in the army camp and would get back just before the gates shut.

Joyce

By Joyce
On 13/05/2017