Camberley

The town is situated on the Surrey border with Berkshire and Hampshire, 31 miles south-west of central London in the corridor between the M3 and M4 motorways. The Royal Military College arrived in the area in 1802 becoming the Royal Military Academy in 1947. Most of the Academy is in Berkshire.

Camberley, the entrance to Sandhurst Military College, 1906. Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection

Camberley, the entrance to Sandhurst Military College, 1906
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection

A settlement known as Yorktown grew up around the gates of the College. Expansion came with the arrival of the Staff College in 1820 and the railway in 1878. A property speculator, Charles Raleigh Knight, built the nearby Cambridge Hotel and laid out the area which became known as Cambridge Town, changing to Camberley to avoid confusion with the university town.

The parish church of St.Michael at Yorktown was built by Henry Woodyer in 1848-49 with additions later in the 19th century. The church of St. Paul at Church Hill was built in 1902 by W D Caroe and is in a Scandinavian style.

The remains of a brick tower known as The Obelisk stand on top of The Knoll. It was built in the 1750s by John Norris of Blackwater. It may have been used for communications but there is no firm evidence.

The shopping centre of Camberley consists chiefly of ‘The Mall’, a 1980s development, and ‘The Atrium’, a development which commenced in 2006. The large Marks and Spencer store is actually over the border in Berkshire.

Read about Lucean Arthur Headen, an African American inventor whose Engineering company was based in Camberley in the 1930s and 1940s.

This photograph of ‘C’ Company, 1st Surrey [Camberley] Bn Home Guard shows Lucean Arthur Headen prominently sitting on the ground in the front row. Headen enlisted in September 1940 and the photograph dates from around this time. The photograph mount carries the insignia of the paschal lamb and flag of the The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey).

Photograph of C Company 1st Surrey (Camberley) Bn. Home Guard. Date unknown but [c.1940]. SHC ref Z/739. Courtesy of Anne Beal.

Photograph of C Company 1st Surrey (Camberley) Bn. Home Guard. Date unknown but [c.1940]. SHC ref Z/739. Courtesy of Anne Beal. Click on the image to see a larger copy.

This image was kindly sent to us by Anne Beal whose father, George William Clarke, appears second row down, third from left. Mr Clarke was manager of WH Smith & Son at Camberley Station, 1940-1964.

Download a (pdf pdf logo) list of the names on the photograph or see a list at the end of the page.

Click here to see the catalogue of the St George, Camberley, Parish Records (1891-1966) held at the Surrey History Centre.

Click here to see the catalogue of the St Michael, Yorktown, Parish Records (1851-1985) held at the Surrey History Centre.

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List of names on the photograph of C Company 1st Surrey (Camberley) Bn. Home Guard

“C” COMPANY 1ST SURREY Bn. HOME GUARD

Back row, L – R: Ptes. J. A. Savill. J. H. Haycock J. F. Simmons. Cpl. F. J. Ewens. Pte. H. Keevil. L/Cpl. A. H. Osborne, Ptes. J. Booth, E. C. Goddard. C. V. H. Millet. W. J. Lacey. Cpl. R. B. Barnard Pte. T. Wooderson. Cpl. T. Collier. Ptes. C. Rogers. C. F. W. Hawes. Ptes. A. J. Chappell. H. Hayes. Cpl. A. J. Bushell. L/Cpls. O. White. L. D. Spiers. Ptes. T. H Angus. N. J. Clemson.

Row 6, L – R: Cpl. G. E. Wheeler. Ptes. C. W. Sommerfield. G. W. Clarke. R. Oborne. I. Gregory. G. E. Hunt. W. Harrison. E. Smith. L/Cpl. E. J. Harris. Ptes. D. G. Fowler. R. J. Blake. Cpls. J. Addington. W. H. Westcott. Ptes. W. J. Fowler. E. J. Moreby. P. J. M. Wilson. Cpls. A. Pike. A. H. Triggs. Ptes. R. L. Rickards. E Locke. G. G. Hodder.

Row 5, L – R: Ptes. F. Dawes. E. R. Williams. R. J. Ford. L/Cpl. E. Holmes. Cpl. H. J. Mason. Ptes. A. C. Taylor. R. G. Kemp. Cpl. F. W. Simmons. Ptes. G. W. Hudson. H. W. Garrett. Cpls. H. T. Austin. R. A. Evans. Pte. W. G. Simpson. Cpl. J. J. Duffy, Pte. H. F. Warrington-Morris. Pte. W. J. Jones. Cpl. F. B. Hicks. Ptes. P. A. C. Kemp. S. C. Yeomans. W. G. Hall. Cpl. F. R. Luke. Pte. A. B. Sparks.

Row 4, L – R: Pte. D. R. M. Keil Cpls. A. F. Thomas. H. R. Uzielli, C.I.E., J.P. H. C. Cartwright. Sgts. R. W. Easton. H. V. N. Draycott. H. D. Noakes. J. Mitchell, M.M. W. J. Mugford, M.M. M. M. Devaney. R. M. Hicks. L/Sgts. F. G. Luton. R. H. Harman. E. V. Lomas-Smith. Sgts P. H. Clarke. W. D. Rudge. L/Sgt. R. A. White. Sgts. T. J. Barr. H. Cranford, L/Cpl. H. Moon. Ptes. J. Mullard. E. Croombs

Row 3, L – R: Ptes. R. Bartlett. L. Travers. 2/Lt. F. E. Hunter. 2/Lt. W. G. Clarke. Lt. H. N. G. Puddephatt. 2/Lt. F. A. Large. Lt. W. C. Warren. Lt. J. H. Bridger. Lt. G. C. Vaughan-Morgan. Major L. W. Lucas, D.S.O., M.C. Lt.-Col. C. R. Gillett, D.S.O. Capt. C. G. Astley Cooper, D.S.O. Lt. D. Prime. Lt. E. G. Pounds. Lt. M. O. Depree. Lt. J. H. H. Burrows. Lt. E. T. Conduit Lt. E. H. H. Shaw, D.C.M. Ptes. A. E. Hawkins. F. Henry. R. A. V. Yeomans.

Row 2, L – R: Ptes. J. W. Wright. R. Moon. C. Bedbrook. J. Jackson. H. Fowles. L/Cpl. C. Booth. Ptes. E. Poulter. G. A. Ede. Cpl. C. W. Anderson. Ptes. B. Welford. F. J. Webster. W. A. Crumplin. E. E. Williams. Cpl. H. Portlock. Ptes. W. Vinall. H. H. Horne. J. T. Wells. L/Cpl. R. E. Pounds. Ptes. F. J. Herriott. W. Martin. B. Attewell.

Row 1, L – R: Ptes. G. A. Adkins. J. Day. G. A. Mackay. G. A. Broomfield. C. J. Pritchard. L/Cpl. A. Higginson. Cpl. A. J. Chapple. L/Cpls. S. W. Broomfield. C. Dare. Pte. F. A. L. de Gruchy. Cpl. J. Harrington. Ptes. H. R. Stilby. R. Childs. A. G. Haines. F. Mullard. R. F. Miller. L/Cpls. W. Catlin. F. Neale. Pte F. C. Mead

Front row, L – R: Cpl. R. Thomson. Ptes. W. Dexter. J. Wilson. J. M. Harrington. L. A. Headen. R. Evernden. E. J. Hall. W. D Edwards. Cpl. J. A. Mitchell. Ptes. C. Mullard. A. Cockell. A. E. Jacobs. Cpl. W. H. Barrow.

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22 thoughts on “Camberley”

  1. JACK ROBERT.MASSEY says:

    I was born Jan 1945 Grandparents live Victoria Ave oposite Sandhurst There was a factory oposite thier house Can you help me in finding out what they made there?Also Grandparents ‘Jennings’ burried in Church on the left slightly up hill on the way into town.Can you give me the name please

    1. Brian Appleford says:

      The Everitt Syringe factory was on Victoria Avenue near the London Road

      1. Sean Crundall says:

        Hi Brian,

        Are you, by any chance, related to the Appleford family of Essex? A member of this family did settle in Mickleham, during the 1930s.

        Regards,

        Sean.

    2. Martyn Kee says:

      Hello Jack – I’ve been researching the same Jennings grandparents on behalf of my stepfather. Please leave a reply here if you read this and I’ll be in touch with further information.

  2. Bernadette Mahoney says:

    In reply to Jack Robert Masseys question about the church on the way into town, it is St Michaels church, my maternal grandparents are buried there.
    My paternal grandparents also lived in Victoria avenue, no; 66

  3. Carys says:

    Hello, currently researching the history of my home. Does anyone have any information or memories of 25 Edward Avenue, Camberley? Thanks.

  4. Kate Hill says:

    Can anyone help me please? Does anyone know of a pub/hotel called the South Western Hotel Tap which existed in Camberley in 1914? Or perhaps it was in Aldershot?
    I have found a diary entry for October 1914 which reads:
    I went down into the town last night to get a paper. As soon as one got over the railway bridge over the station, one became aware of a confused murmur of voices. The scene reminded me of a London suburb on Saturday night, only that men predominated and one heard more Scotch dialect than English. The crowd round the South Western Hotel Tap was like a swarm of flies round a jam pot. It appears that on Sundays the relatives of soldiers come down to visit them. There is nothing on earth for the men to do, the authorities having refused permission for the picture palaces to open; so they just parade the streets in thousands.
    Any help would be much appreciated.
    Thank you,

    1. Gerald Larmour says:

      The South Western Hotel was just across from the railway station in Aldershot.It is now a mixture of pub,shops,cafe and apartments.

    2. Don Dovey says:

      The South Western Hotel is in Aldershot.

  5. Charlene says:

    Does anyone recall the funeral home owners in Camberley during the 1900’s? Was owned by the Lansley family.

  6. Jane says:

    Knoll House/St Tarcisius Roman Catholic school, built circa 1881, demolished circa 1996 (close to the Obelisk).

    Hello,
    Can anyone tell me anything about the above building/school? I’m aware that the original St Tarcisius school was where Argos is now, but at some point it moved to Knoll House and operated right up until 1996, when it was demolished to make way for the Charles Church development.
    I’ve managed to find one picture-postcard of it, and enough information to prove it’s existance, however, it’s amazing how little info there is out there, despite the school having closed just 20 years ago – Even elderly people who have lived in Camberley all their lives seemed to be unaware of it!
    I’d love to hear anything about it at all, whether information or memories. It’s just a fun, personal interest, nothing serious, so I’d enjoy hearing any little nuggets!
    Thank you!

    1. Tamara Coupland 1972 says:

      Hi Jane, I went to St Tarcisius, loads of happy memories. Sister Placidus was one of our head misstrises. I was looking for photos of our school. We had a beautiful building and a swimming pool our playing fields were big enough for 2 football pitches. The school was tucked away and was bordered by the woods that housed the Obelisk. Cannot tell you how many times we climbed the sand cliffs, not to high, to go and play up there. It’s a real shame that photos of our school were not cataloged. It feels like something happened there and memories are not welcome. There are many photos of churches and other schools, but none of St Tarcisius. I have great memories of Mr Spellman, Mrs Coal and Mr Bruce. Sister Bartholomew was a lot of fun. If you have a photo I would love to see it.

      1. Jane says:

        Thank you so much for your reply Tamara! – It’s lovely to hear your memories!
        I’m not sure if I’m allowed to post my email address here… but I’ll try, and if you could drop me a note, I’ll send you the photo I found of the building, and also an aerial photo which appears to show the house, and the small amount of info I’ve found; [email protected] – Thanks ever so much, once again! 🙂

    2. Paul McCarthy says:

      The original St. Tar’s was in Lower Charles St behind the church. It was a very simple two roomed building sheeted in corrugated iron painted a cream colour. Outside were a small playground, a statue of Our Lady on a plinth and toilets. This was 1956 onwards. A few years later a brick built school was acquired in Obelisk St. A bigger building altogether. About 1960 or so ‘The Knoll’ was acquired and Obelisk St moved out there. I left St Tar’s in 1962. Teaching staff were uniformly brutal bar Mr. O’Malley who was excellent. Fr. Walter Quinlan was an exceedingly kind and intelligent parish priest and I suspect the brains behind all these acquisitions.

  7. T.Anderson says:

    Infiornation or photographs of a house that was number 33 upper gordon road camberley
    and was known as Aubrey House it was demolished around 1995/6 and replaced with
    a Mcarthy and Stone retirement development now called Bentley Court

  8. Catherine Nevell says:

    I went there in 1967-1971/2. One of my sisters went there. It was a primary school when I was there but changed to a middle school with the younger children who would have attended going to St Joseph’s First School instead.

  9. Terry freeman says:

    Anyone remember a cycle repair shop run by a William edkins?

  10. Gerald Larmour says:

    Was that the cycle repair shop in Princes Street.Used to go in there with my dad in the early sixties.

  11. Anne Beal says:

    The cycle shop was Holloways in Princess not Princes Street. They also serviced the bikes for the paper boys at W H Smith at Camberley Station. My father was WHS manager 1940-1964. Anne Beal

    1. Brian F Appleford says:

      A very nice man. I was a paperboy at WHS in the late 50’s. 7 days a week and sold papers at the RMA on Sundays. Prepared the paper rounds and received and delivered books afternoons and weekends.

  12. Miss LS Dennison says:

    I’m trying to find out about my grandmother who worked as a cook at a house called Woodside on Waverley drive Camberley in 1927. The house was owned by a widow called Muriel Evelyn Watson who we think provided accommodation for military personnel. I’d like to know if this house still exists or if accommodation was provided to army staff at this time. Regards

  13. Penelope Buckley says:

    In 1956-’58 I was at a small private school in Camberley, known as Sheila and Pat’s. I don’t remember their surname but their mother, who also lived in the top of the house, was Lady Leas. The school was just round the corned from Park Road. I lived in a big military quarter, Bathhurst ion the corner but long since demolished and replaced with an apartment block. Can any one tell me what the name of the school was and anything about it? I remember a girl called Clare Stafford but no one else.

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