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Shorncliffe Army Camp
Active 1794 - Present
Country  United Kingdom
Branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Type Military Camp
Garrison/HQ Shorncliffe, Kent

Shorncliffe Army Camp is a large military camp near Cheriton in Kent.

Shorncliffe today

Map dated 1801 showing Shorncliffe Redoubt on the left and the camp ground on the right

History[]

The camp was established in 1794 when the British Army bought over 229 acres of land at Shorncliffe; it was then extended in 1796 and 1806.[1] It was at Shorncliffe that in 1803 Sir John Moore trained the Light Division which fought under the Duke of Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars.[2]

Shorncliffe was used as a staging post for troops destined for the Western Front during World War I and in April 1915 a Canadian Training Division was formed there.[3] The Canadian Army Medical Corps had general hospitals based at Shorncliffe from September 1917 to December 1918.[4] The camp at that time composed five unit lines known as Ross Barracks, Somerset Barracks, Napier Barracks, Moore Barracks and Risborough Barracks.[3]

During World War II Shorncliffe was again used as a staging post and Queen Mary visited the camp in 1939.[5]

After the War the camp was known for a while as the Sir John Moore Barracks but the name was changed when The Light Infantry moved out in October 1986.[6] Shorncliffe Camp remains the home of 2 (South East) Brigade.[7]

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