Officers marched through Maresfield Park to take part in a Remembrance service at St Bartholomew’s Church this morning.
They were members of 5 (Maresfield) Squadron, 11 (Royal School Signals) Signals Regiment remembering the time when a training camp for the Royal Corps of Signals was formed in the village and remained there from 1920 until 1924.
Church bells rang and villagers turned out to watch the parade, join in the service, and see wreaths laid next to poppies cascading down the wall of the church.
Yesterday the officers helped to sweep up leaves and completed jobs that needed doing in Maresfield. This is the third year running that they have spent Remembrance Day in the village.
Maresfield Park estate became an army camp after it was confiscated from the German Prince Munster of Derneburg in 1914 but it wasn’t until 1920 that a training centre for the Royal Corps of Signals was formed at Maresfield.
When the camp closed in 1924 the Signal Training Centre and School of Signals moved to Catterick, and Blandford Camp, in Dorset, where the 11th Signal Regiment is still based.
The Army returned to Maresfield Park in 1941. There was a camp in Batts Bridge Road and prior to D Day a Canadian Regiment camped under canvas in the main drive of Maresfield Park, according to the late local author Betty Turner in her book Maresfield.
Uckfield Remembrance Day Parade and Service
A Remembrance Day Parade and Service are due to take place in Uckfield this afternoon. The parade will start in the Luxford Field Car Park, and head into the High Street via Civic Approach before going to Holy Cross Church.
The parade is due to start at 2.35pm with the Remembrance Service beginning at 3pm and wreath laying at the war memorial in the church grounds at 3.50pm.
Flt Lt Eugene Seghers
A short service took place at the memorial to Flt Lt Eugene Seghers, which is in the grounds of the Highlands Inn, Ridgewood, Uckfield.
Those gathered observed the national two-minutes’ silence at 11am and the laying of wreaths and other tributes.
It is 75 years since Eugene Seghers lost his life when preventing a V-1 ‘Doodlebug’ falling on Uckfield.
Pictures of Maresfield Army Camp (external link)
My war by Betty Turner with Maresfield memories (external link)
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