Kinmel Camp

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Kinmel Camp was an army training ground in what was once the grounds of Kinmel Hall, near Abergele, in Conwy county borough, Wales. The Kinmel Camp Railway served the camp from 1915 and was later used for a nearby quarry, finally closing in 1964.[1] First World War training trenches can be seen nearby in the grounds of Bodelwyddan Castle.

It is notable for the Kinmel Camp Riot on 4/5 March 1919, in which 20,000 war weary soldiers expressed their anger at their treatment at the end of the First World War. The riot broke out in the Canadian section of the camp, and lasted for a night and a day. Five men were killed, and 23 were injured, including two subalterns. It was reported that the men were angry that several boats to Canada had been cancelled, and were also annoyed that promises that those men who had enlisted first would be sent home first had not been honoured.

Four of the five Canadian troops killed during the riot were buried in the graveyard of Bodelwyddan church among other Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorials. Most of the war graves are casualties of the Spanish flu pandemic.

There were two different camps the WW1 camp was in the grounds of Kinmel Hall (Plas Cinmel). There was also a large Military Hospital 800+beds.

The second camp was built in the Bodelwyddan Estate grounds in the village of Bodelwyddan circa 1937. In 1957 acces to the camp was from the A55,to 38 Trg Regt RA via Park Avenue. To 31 Trg Regt RA via Engine hill. there was also a gate onto the A55 from their vehicle park. In 1960 38 Trg Regt closed and only 31 Trg regt remained .


  1. ^ "Kinmel Camp Railway". Retrieved 29 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 53°15′54″N 3°31′44″W / 53.265°N 3.529°W / 53.265; -3.529