Kinmel Park Camp was built in 1914 as a training camp for Lord Kitchener’s Army in preparation for serving in the First World War. It had its own branch railway line connecting to the main line at Foryd Station in Rhyl. It’s famous for the Kinmel Park Riots, March 1919, which were believed to be caused by delays in repatriation of the Canadian soldiers who on their way home from France. 5 men were killed but their story is for a separate post. If anyone has something to add please leave your comments.
A few pictures to remind us the past.
When I grew up, one of our neighbours worked at Kinmel, and so we occasionally used to visit the cinema there. I believe this picture was taken in the 1930’s.
Interestingly, although it was a training camp, and from what I believe, conditions were fairly basic at best, they used to sell postcards. I presume they were aimed at the soldiers to send home.
Because it was a training camp for soldiers in the First World War they had a trench warfare training area. There is still evidence of this area to the rear of Bodelwydden Castle.
Please add any comments to this post. It would be great to hear from someone who served or worked there.