Local history groups in Romsey are researching the camp and would
love to hear from anyone who was stationed at the camp, or from any
descendants of them. We would particularly like to learn more of
Dave GOLDMAN who painted a number of murals on the walls of the
huts. Make contact
My father was Alden Purvis
stationed in Lockerley during WWII. Thank you for
preserving the information that you have. I guess
working in a supply depot in Lockerley preparing
for "Operation Overlord" does not seem as "heroic"
as actually storming the Beaches of Normandy, but
I'm still proud of him and pleased to know where he
was and see the pictures!
Alden of Traverse City,
USA, died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, aged 95
My mother was evacuated with
her mother in 1940 from Southampton to Kimbridge.
They stayed with her aunt who was the wife of the
water bailiff, before he went away to the war.
American soldiers were billeted in the next door
cottage and gave my mum peanuts, chewing gum and
sweets and would bring her windmills back from the
market in Salisbury. Playing pooh sticks on the
bridge one day she ran across the road without
looking and collided with an American soldier riding
his bike, bringing them both crashing down. The
soldiers brought a bit of interest into a very quiet
country childhood where the main entertainments were
feeding the chickens and looking for minnows.
I have really enjoyed the
photos of Romsey, where my grandparents lived.
I've been looking at the photo's from 1944. my mum, Barbara
Hodges and her sisters Joyce and Betty had fabulous memories of
their times spent at the American dances....escorted by their mother
Ada Hodges, of course! They were very happy times for them as
teenagers and it made me wonder if they crossed paths with any of
the young men in the photo's! How times have changed though. She
told me that the camp was separated into blacks and whites, as the
Americans did in those days.
across a number of photos in your US Army in Dunbridge &
Lockerley Gallery and was particularly interested in the
photo of the gamekeeper as I am in regular contact with Bob
Peach who attends every Mottisfont Cricket Club game (son of
former Mottisfont gamekeeper Jack Peach).
I took the liberty of printing out the photo and
showing it to Bob and he was adamant it is his father in the
photo. Hope this helps.
He went on to regale me of tales of how his father
(and Bob himself) would win money off of the US soldiers by
challenging them to shooting challenges during the war!
Regards, STEVE GODWIN
If you have any memories to share why not
CONTACT Woodley Net
Model of the railway sidings and Nissen huts made by the "Lockerley
"Mill Arms" Dunbridge 1944 taken from vehicle of the US army
who were stationed in the area.
A pub in the area called Spring Cottage, now a private dwelling. Its
at West Grimstead on Chapel Hill at the junction
with Grimstead Rd. No longer has a thatched roof. The sign is
pointing left to East Grimstead and Farley.
Spring Cottage as it is now
Entrance (round building) at
Home Farm going towards East Tytherley half a mile past the Star Inn
Tytherley cricket pavilion?
Sgt. Luther Dalrymple of the US Army on the B3084 near
Lt. Dave Goldman painted cartoons like this on the walls of the
Mess Hall in Lockerley
Jack Peach gamekeeper of Mottisfont Estate on the left was
hare hunting with ferrets. Possibly at Dunbridge
Message from Jacks son Bob to Stephen Godwin "He went on
to regale me of tales of how his father (and Bob himself)
would win money off of the US soldiers by challenging
them to shooting challenges during the war!!!!!"
Sgt. Luther Dalrymple and T/4 James Daniels (When I nod my
head, hit it)
T/4 James Daniels, Sgt. Luther Dalrymple, T/4 Raymond Burns
Funeeee!. Huts identical to Ganger Camp ones.
Dunbridge with former shop on left of bend
US army photographers at work
Purchased by the Southern Railway from the War Department in
1946 for use at Southampton Docks.
Then renamed ??? and used 1948/1962. Scrapped in 1967
Capt. Duane M. Hart. (Photographer)
Lockerley Hall entrance
Building still there minus railings door and steps
Dakota? flying over the camp
Stores and equipment arriving at Southampton
awaiting shipment to France
On the way to Cherbourg from Southampton
Aerial view of the camp 1947
A wider view of the area showing airfield