Derek Roberts' Trip to Burford 2013
I have just returned from a few days in the Cotswolds. I know that shortly after the Second World War the RMB was stationed at Burford and interested to read of ex RMBs memories on this site. I have always wanted to visit to see if there is anything left of the barracks. I went into the local information office in Burford High Street and the lady could not have been more helpful. She and her husband are avid followers of the RMB and travel to the MFM concert in the Royal Albert Hall every year even though they have no ties with RMB. I was directed to the Bradwell Village estate on the outskirts of Burford which was the site of Bradwell Grove Hospital which was used as a transit camp during the WW II and then to receiving mainly USA casualties before it was taken by NHS as a mental hospital. Apparently the band was only there for two years and left in 1947. The hospital was eventually sold to property developers in 1995.
Anyone who remembers Burford Camp would not know it now, as it has gone (just like Deal's North Barracks) and been built on as my photos show. I have other info of the intervening years but don’t wish to bore on that at this time but if anyone is interested I can email the details I have.
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Roberts has put some information up about the RNSM at Burford, but has
the dates wrong on our leaving! It was January 1950 when the whole lock,
stock and 300 Band Boys went by train to the Depot Deal. We then marched
through the town to East Barracks to become the 'new' RMSM. If you have
any other info about Burford Derek I would be interested to hear it.