Shudy Camps


The War Years

Photos of some of the men from Shudy Camps who served in the War may be seen here

The Great War - 1914-1918

Extracts from the Parish Magazine and South West Echo

1915 - January Shudy Camps has not been behind other parishes in providing recruits prepared to fight for the honour and safety of our Country. Eleven young men have gone from this small parish. May God protect them in the hour of danger and, if it be his Will, send them back to us safe after victory.

The Ladies Working Party at the Hall have sent a large parcel for the use of wounded soldiers at the base hospital, Cambridge and have received from Miss Adeane the following acknowledgment:

"Thank you so much for sending me the splendid list of garments made by your Working Party at Shudy Camps. It is a magnificent quantitiy, and we are most grateful to you and your workers for helping so much."

Individual members of the Working Party have also sent presents for Christmas to the wounded soldiers presently at Cambridge, viz., Mrs Humm, Mrs Barker and Mrs Christmas, each a large cake; Mrs Thornton, six plum puddings; and Mrs Randall also a plum pudding. Parcels of useful clothing have also been sent straight to the front for the use of the Royal Scots Fusiliers.

1915 - September We now have three from this parish in the fighting line - Walter Ager in France, and Harry Bowyer and Eric Timson at the Dardenelles.

World War II

1937 May: This summer has been chosen for manoevres on a large scale in our part of England and arrangements are being already made for a great display of the army. We do not like the word war. So many of us have suffered greviously. Still to have a powerful army means security against the dreaded reality of war. The manoevres will take place some time before harvest.

1937 August: The details connected with the Army Manoevres are now having the attnetion of the War Office. The arrival of the troops in this parish will commence about the 8th of August and apprently the centralization of the men will do all they can to prevent any inconvenience to the parishioners.

Troops quartered in Shudy Camps 1937

Troops quartered in Shudy Camps Park on manoevres, 1937
Photo courtesy of "Shudy Camps - A scrapbook"

1937 September: The numberless white tents throughout the fileds and meadows have been quite a pleasant sight. The troops themselves have shown the greatest consideration for all property and their order and disciline has quite expelled any doubts which we might have had, when we were told large numbers of soldiers were to live amongst us for a time.

At the suggestion of the Chaplain General the troops at Shudy Camps will unite with this parish on Sunday morning at 10a.m. in a united Church service in the Park, at which the Chaplain will preach and the military band will provide the musical accompaniment. All our parishioners are invited to be present.

1937 November: Our experience of the portion of the British Army which has been living for five weeks in our midst is now past. It gives us much satisfaction to be able to say that we wish them every happiness back to their respective regiments. We have had no regret at having had them here.

The Minister of War has written a grateful letter thanking us for the great consideration shown to the troops quartered with us during the manoevres in this neighbourhood.

1939 October: The Social Committee were evidently unable to complete their arrangments for the annua louting before war broke out. We hope it will take place next year. I am sure no one would fail to contribute towards the epxense of an event which is always a source of pleasure, especially to the children.

1940 March:

Quite a number of ladies are knitting Comforts for the men on active service, and much appreciated parcels are being frequently despatched from the Vicarage.

Evacuees sent to Shudy Camps

Evacuees sent to Shudy Camps

1940 November: By the influx of 19 evacuees the numbers attending both the Day and Sunday schools have considerably increased. Several children now at the Hall also attend Sunday School with their own Teacher, Miss Robertson, also an evacuated Teacher, who has good Divinity qualifications and also assists in the Sunday School.

1940 December: Present conditions make it extremely difficult to arrange anything in the way of whist drives etc in the school. People are reluctant to leave their homes in the "Black Out" and the authorities inform us that in the event of an air raid warning the company would have to immediately disperse. Faced as we are with these difficulties it is obvious that such proposals would be unwise, the only alternative being to hold a series of dances and other outdoor functions when the longer days come again. We propose to hold the Sunday School party in the summer on the Vicarage lawn.

1941 March: The day of national prayer as ordered by His Majesty the King was observed Sunday last. There was a good congregation and the Home Guard, under the command of Corporal Harold Andrews, atended Matins at 11 o'clock.

1941 July: A day of Intercession was held at the Parish Church on Wednesday, starting with a celebration of the Holy Communion at 9 o'clock abd ending with Evensong at 6pm.
Prayer for 15 minutes wach was arranged throughout the day for Gods blessing on our country in her hour of trial and for all who are serving by sea, land or air.


Evelyn Kiddy and Gordon Bradfield

Mrs Evelyn Kiddy of Carter's Farm, with Gordon Bradfield, who was evacuated from Surrey (early 1940's), accompanied by Trixie the dog

1946 January - VICTORY PARTY

The day of the party will be long remembered by the children of Shudy Camps. It had been organised by the Vicar (Rev J Hodgson) and a band of willing helpers. A splendid tea was served by the ladies. The delicious iced "V" cake made by Mrs Charlton was a special treat which was greatly enjoyed. When tea was over the children played spontaneous games and aferwards sang carols and action songs under the direction of Mr David Bateman (Choirmaster). The choir girls sang several unaccompanied carols very sweetly. The entertainment that followed to which the whole village had been invited was in the capable hands of the well known Cambridge entertainer, Mr Bryan Stubbings, who found a most responsive and appreciative audience for his songs, conjuring tricks and marionettes. The Vicar's vote of thanks to helpers and entertainers was carried with acclamation. A gift of half-a-crown for each child made the happiness complete and terminated a memorable day.

POWS at Lower Farm

Lower Farm. Prisoners of war working on the harvest with the Blackmore family