HMS Royal Arthur

main hall at royal arthur

Royal Arthur was a shore establishment of the Royal Navy, initially at Ingoldmells and later at Corsham, Wiltshire.

During the Second World War, the holiday camp at Ingoldmells is use d to mainly train communications branch ratings and officers

Shortly after the start of the Second World War, the Admiralty requisitions the Butlins holiday camp at Ingoldmells

 to be the first Royal Arthur stone frigate (land-based establishment).

they start using as as a training establishmen t on 22 September 1939.

Over 4000 naval personnel were based at Royal Arthur at one time. In 1942 a low-flying German bomber wrecked dozens of the chalets and killed four men.

It serves throughou t the Second World War as a central reception depot for new naval recruits after HMS Raleigh tranfers to the British Army in February 1944. 

The last recruits arrive on 31 October 1949 and on 15 March 1950 it ceases training National Service inductees

and concentrated on leadership training of Petty Officers at the instigation of Lord Louis Mountbatten.

The name moves to the recently paid off Camp Kingsmoor on 16 March 1950.

The camp continued in service until the last trainees left on 11 December 1992 and personnel finally left on 5 March 1993.

The site has suffered heavy vandalism since its abandonment

and is now undergoing demolition for the building of a retirement village.

main gate @ royal arthur
one of the trashed buildings @ royal arthur
main driveway @ royal arthur
corridor inside royal arthur
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