Camp memorial is a step closer

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Plans for a memorial to Clipstone Camp - where soldiers trained for the Great War trenches - are set to go ahead thanks to vital help from a nearby resident.

Landowner Guy Shaw-Browne has offered the donation and transport of architectural materials still in existence from the footings of the original camp billet huts.

The concrete memorial will be built at the front of Samuel Barlow School and will include a six ft upright piece and memorial garden, organisers hope.

Sheila Soar, Newark and Sherwood district councillor for Clipstone, said: “This is a massive piece of local history and the memorial will serve as a permanent marker to Clipstone Camp.

“If we do not do something the site will fade from people’s memories - I think people will be very pleased with it.”

Coun Soar said the memorial would be put together by Army cadets, Scouts and Clipstone residents and she hoped to see it complete this year.

The councillor is also appealing to undertakers to donate an inscribed memorial stone.

A meeting of the WW1 Clipstone Camp group will be held at Samuel Barlow School at 6pm on 5th June and all are welcome.

For more information or if you can help please phone Sheila on 658703 or email