Canadian Troops-the Horsham connection

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Susan Smethurst, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Susan Smethurst

    Susan Smethurst Senior but too talkative

    As a resident of Horsham West Sussex I have heard many stories of Canadian troops based in this area in the war years. Indeed I know the museum has a number of photos which I will try to see. Any leads on this subject?
     
  2. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Do you know Gary Cooper? He is working on Horsham in WW2. I'm seeing him this weekend and will point him to this thread.
     
  3. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Susan -
    not exactly sure about this but I think the Canadian 2nd division was in
    Horsham prior to further training on the Isle of Wight before the Dieppe fiasco- as all five Cdn Divisons spent time on the South Coast from Hampshire to Kent from 1940 - with 1st div. elements going back into France with Alanbrooke AFTER Dunkirk...

    The 1st Cdn Dvision left the South Coast prior to embarking for Sicily in late May '43- along with 1st Armoured bde - followed by 5th Cdn Armoured Div. to Italy in late November '43.

    The 2nd - 3rd Inf.- 4th Armoured Div and 2nd Armoured bde stayed in the Uk and took part in the NWE campaign- with 3rd Div landing alongside Brit.50th Div on D Day.

    All Cdn. units finally joined up in Belgium in February '45 to finish the war as 1st Canadian Army
    Cheers
     
  4. klambie

    klambie Senior Member

  5. Susan Smethurst

    Susan Smethurst Senior but too talkative

    Thanks-am pleased its being researched-was struck by a great photo of a group of Canadians in what appeared to be Horsham Park which was published in the West Sussex County Times.
     
  6. Rotherfield

    Rotherfield Senior Member

    Thanks-am pleased its being researched-was struck by a great photo of a group of Canadians in what appeared to be Horsham Park which was published in the West Sussex County Times.
    Hi Susan
    Have you visited Crowborough East Sussex there is a memorial park there for those Canadians who were killed by a doodlebug during the war, they also practiced on Ashdown Forrest
    rotherfield
     
  7. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    1st Battalion Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa were in Slinfold near Horsham 1942/43 if thats any help.
     
  8. Susan Smethurst

    Susan Smethurst Senior but too talkative

    1st Battalion Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa were in Slinfold near Horsham 1942/43 if thats any help.


    Thats very interesting. Slinfold being just down road and also ironically a place with family connections.
     
  9. Susan Smethurst

    Susan Smethurst Senior but too talkative

    Hi Susan
    Have you visited Crowborough East Sussex there is a memorial park there for those Canadians who were killed by a doodlebug during the war, they also practiced on Ashdown Forrest
    rotherfield

    Thank you so much for this-no I havent visited but will.
     
  10. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    A number of Canadian units have been identified as being in the Worthing and surrounding areas in 41 - 43 - such as;-

    1st Armoured Bde - Ontarios - Tre Rivieres - Calgary Regt..

    1st Inf Div - West Novas - Plugs - Seaforths

    2nd Inf Div - Essex Scots - Royal regt - Camerons - Mont Royals- La Chauderie-Toronto Scots - H.L.I.

    3rd Inf Div - Dundas - Cdn Scots

    No signs of the 4th or 5th Armoureds

    Cheers
     
  11. GeeDubayou

    GeeDubayou Member

    A number of Canadian units have been identified as being in the Worthing and surrounding areas in 41 - 43 - such as;-

    1st Armoured Bde - Ontarios - Tre Rivieres - Calgary Regt..

    1st Inf Div - West Novas - Plugs - Seaforths

    2nd Inf Div - Essex Scots - Royal regt - Camerons - Mont Royals- La Chauderie-Toronto Scots - H.L.I.

    3rd Inf Div - Dundas - Cdn Scots

    No signs of the 4th or 5th Armoureds

    Cheers

    Quick Draw Tom, was gonna mention the West Novies were in the area.
     
  12. GeeDubayou

    GeeDubayou Member

    There was also a Canadian hospital in Horsham. It was the No.9 Canadian General Hospital, which was before that, the Horsham Union Workhouse.
    It became the hospital for Canadians in 1941, it was outfitted with approx. 600 beds, and was designated for casualties of the D-Day landings. The hospital had its windows blown out early in the war, and Canadian troops that were camping out on Denne Hill, were tasked to carry out the repairs.
     
  13. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Just read that 1st Camerons of Ottawa were at Wiston house, Steyning August 1942.
     
  14. Ralph Goff

    Ralph Goff Junior Member

    My Dad was in the 18th anti tank battery of the 2nd division Canadian army and spent a lot of time on the south coast of England in 43 and 44 til he crossed the channel in July of 44. I have a photo of him and a group of soldiers outside the Tollgate Inn at Bramber, Sussex.

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  15. Susan Smethurst

    Susan Smethurst Senior but too talkative

    My Dad was in the 18th anti tank battery of the 2nd division Canadian army and spent a lot of time on the south coast of England in 43 and 44 til he crossed the channel in July of 44. I have a photo of him and a group of soldiers outside the Tollgate Inn at Bramber, Sussex.

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    I will pass this on to the curator at Horsham museum and see what he says about this thread
     
  16. Susan Smethurst

    Susan Smethurst Senior but too talkative

    There was also a Canadian hospital in Horsham. It was the No.9 Canadian General Hospital, which was before that, the Horsham Union Workhouse.
    It became the hospital for Canadians in 1941, it was outfitted with approx. 600 beds, and was designated for casualties of the D-Day landings. The hospital had its windows blown out early in the war, and Canadian troops that were camping out on Denne Hill, were tasked to carry out the repairs.

    I look out towards Denne Hill everyday. ..This is something I am sure our local museum will shed light on
     
  17. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    Not a million miles away:)
    From my History of 2Cdn AGRA
    Rob

    As of 1st June 1944.
    1) HQ 2 Cdn AGRA - “The Moyle House “, CATERHAM
    Signals Section
    18 Cdn Met Section
    2) 3rd Cdn Med Regt – “Holly Lodge”, COULSDON
    Signals Section
    90 LAD
    3) 4th Cdn Med Regt – “Little Selkirk”, CATERHAM
    Signals Section
    91 LAD
    4) 7th Cdn Med Regt – “Briers Cross”, LIMPSFIELD
    Signals Section
    28 LAD
    5) 15th Med Regt RA – Newlands Corner, GUILDFORD
    Signals Section
    LAD
    6) 1st Heavy Regt RA – Marden Park, WOLDINGHAM
    Signals Section
    LAD
    7) ‘C’ Flight 661Sqn RAF – Hamsey Green, WARLINGHAM
    8) 82 Arty Coy RCASC – GREAT BOOKHAM COMMON
    9) HQ 2Cdn Field Svy Coy – SOUTHEY HALL, nr. BOOKHAM
     
  18. 17thDYRCH

    17thDYRCH Senior Member Patron

    Susan,
    A great thread on Canadians. Thanks for launching this.
    From the colony....

    Randy
     
  19. gpo son

    gpo son Senior Member

    Susan
    My dad's regiment 17th field regiment RCA 5th Canadain armoured division spent much of its time in west sussex in Nutley at Chapelwood Manor however he travelled often to Worthing were my grandfather grew. not close by UK standards (25 miles) but around the corner here.
    Matt
     
  20. My mother worked at the hospital and met my father there
     

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