Item BCA - 2017.744 - Bus Shelter gift from the Royal Corps of Signals. Sept 12th 1969

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BCA - 2017.744

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Bus Shelter gift from the Royal Corps of Signals. Sept 12th 1969

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  • September 12th 1969 (Creation)

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The Royal Corps of Signals were at their base in Weald from 1943 until September 1969 after which it was RAF Bampton Castle. Before the Weald station was ready to receive them, they were based in a house in Fox Close off New Road in Bampton. When leaving Weald in September 1969 they made a gift of the bus shelter in Broad Street. Accepting the bus shelter Mr. Clack described it as a most generous and useful gift and reminded everyone that the first “Signals” had arrived in Bampton within 48 hours of the onset of the Second World War. Since then they have become part of the parish. We shall always remember ‘Bampton Signals’,” he said. Major L W Prescott, Officer Commanding at Bampton, Captain J S Howe and a number of the Squadron members were present at the ceremony, and also Flight-Lieut. S Hawkes who takes over as Commanding Officer of the station for the RAF and who will be living in Bampton. He was welcomed by Mr Clack who said that he hoped the association with the RAF would be as long and as happy as that with the unit now leaving. Among the visitors was Brigadier Sir George Walton (rtd) a former commander of the 50th Division and Air Commodore A S Ellerton who lived in Bampton for 17 years before leaving two years ago. Residents at the ceremony included Mrs R A Colvile and Miss D G Thomson, both County Council and Parish Council representatives, Mrs F Coles and Mr L Hughes Owens Witney RDC representatives, Mr R Rouse vice chairman of Bampton Parish Council and members Mr E Stroud, Mr R L G Carter, Mr John Taylor, Mr Jack Lawrence and Mrs A Taylor. The primary role of the Bampton station has been that of the main Army receiving station in the United Kingdom, keeping in constant communication with Army formations throughout the world. It also had the responsibility for receiving meteorological information and relaying it to the meteorological HQ at Bracknell from stations throughout the northern hemisphere. This service has been maintained continuously by the civilian contingent, who will continue to operate alongside their RAF counterparts.

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