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The Kinmel Camp riots of 1919

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 17 Mrt 2012 12:47    Onderwerp: The Kinmel Camp riots of 1919 Reageer met quote



Some of the most serious riots in British military history took place between 4 and 5 March 1919 in the Canadian Army Camp at Kinmel Park in North Wales.

Kinmel Park, just outside Abergele, was a transit camp for Canadians waiting to be repatriated to their homeland after their service to the British Empire during World War One and at the time of the riots held almost 15,000 soldiers.

Originally it had been intended to send the Canadians home directly from France but many of these men had relatives in the United Kingdom that they wanted to visit. This was understandable and, as it was unlikely that most of these men would ever be in a position to visit them again, transit camps were established across Britain in order to facilitate this desire.

Kinmel Park was a huge staging camp where troops of all regiments and military specialities were housed, the soldiers being accommodated according to the military districts of Canada from where they came rather than in the long-bonded regimental units that had seen them through the war years. The men did not know the officers and there was a clear mood or feeling of alienation in the air.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/waleshistory/2012/03/kinmel_camp_riots_1919.html



The picture above appears on the front cover of a book titled ĎThe Kinmel Park Camp Riots 1919í by Julian Putkowski published by Flintshire Historical Society in 1989. The book is a detailed study of events surrounding thousands of Canadian soldiers at Kinmel Camp; they had been fighting in the Great War (World War One 1914-18). The war was over and they were agitating to go home.

On a Saturday night in November 1919 Ė in a drunken and unruly state Ė some began rioting at the camp. The violent unrest went on for two days; five soldiers were killed, many people were injured, much property was damaged. The picture shows part of the aftermath.

The five soldiers, along with more than 80 of their comrades from
the camp who died during a Ďflu epidemic, are buried at the Marble Church in Bodelwyddan.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 17 Mrt 2012 14:26    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

90 year mystery of soldier riots:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7923380.stm

Zie ook topics:

http://forumeerstewereldoorlog.nl/viewtopic.php?t=15648
http://www.forumeerstewereldoorlog.nl/viewtopic.php?p=266809&sid=99e47cd5ad53f079ea576f5504dfbb9c

http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/writing/kinmelPark.asp



Kinmel Riots
Canadian soldiers walk the streets of Kinmel, inspecting damage following the riots in March 1919. Between 1918 and 1919, there were 13 incidents of unrest at repatriation camps overseas. Kinmel Park was the worst, resulting in five deaths. Many stores were destroyed by soldiers' frustration over high prices and shoddy goods.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
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