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Banstead Village

RCAMC at Walton-on-the-Hill
The Banstead Image Library
RCAMC at Walton-on-the-Hill

Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. Montreal
B Company No. 9 Field Ambulance
1st Canadian Division

Picture taken 23 April 1941 by Leonard S Brooke Camera portraits 3 Post Office Parade, Banstead

Picture added on 28 December 2014 at 19:20
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I was doing some research about this picture which I would like to contribute to your archive.

I believe it was taken on the cricket grounds, Walton-on-the-Hill. My father is located, second row 1 person right to feet his hands held together. My dads name was Robert Park Stanford and was from Montreal and lived until 82 years old. An Awesome dad of 4 boys.

Cheers Mark Stanford

Can anyone tell us more?
Added by Mark Stanford on 30 December 2014
If this picture. was taken on a cricket pitch it must be Tadworth. At this time we had many Canadian troops stationed in this area and these were probably encamped behind the pitch in the pine tree wood. (They were very popular with the local lasses!!)

The officers were housed in various requisitioned local houses ( and did a lot of damage to them ).

There was also a large ammunition dump in the trees, but it escaped a direct hit from the "doodlebugs".
They all moved off approaching D Day (we knew something was afoot)

Best wishes
Jean Clew
Added by Jean Clew on 30 December 2014
No. 9 Field Ambulance, R.C.A.M.C. - Montreal, PQ

Mobilized: G.O. 135/1939, Effective: 1st September, 1939 - Serial No. 50
Designation: No. 9 Field Ambulance, R.C.A.M.C., C.A.S.F.

Mobilized has part of 1st Division, C.A.S.F.

Designation changed to: No. 9 Field Ambulance, R.C.A.M.C., Effective: 7th November 1940 (G.O. 273/1940)

Disbanded: G.O. 401/1945, Effective: 3rd September, 1945

No. 9 Field Ambulance, RCAMC served from 1939 to 1945 under 1st Canadian Infantry Division - Canada - UK - Sicily - Italy - Belgium - Holland.

(G.O. 401/1945 = Canadian Army General Order Number 401 of 1945).

Added by Mark W Tonner (Maple Up forum) on 30 December 2014
1st Canadian Division arrived in Surrey in July 1940 from the Oxford area. The 9th Field Amb RCAMC was part of it. In 1941 the 1st Canadian Division moved into Sussex, then in July 1943 took part in the invasion of Sicily. Another Field Ambulance, the 5th (?) was stationed in Gatton Park during the summer of 1940. Canadian troops remained in Surrey with their HQ at Headley Court. The build up to D Day saw more Canadian troops training over the whole area.The open area on the heath almost opposite Walton Heath Golf Club was cleared at that time for a vehicle park, vehicles were waterproofed there and tested at first in Walton pond, then by the Stepping Stones below Box Hill. With regard to Tadworth cricket pitch, in 1941 the Canadians played the local Home Guard at Baseball in front of a crowd of 2000, the HG lost!
Added by Tim Richardson on 03 September 2015
Thanks very much for your comments Tim, very much apreaciated!! Cheers Mark Stanford
Added by Mark Stanford on 06 September 2015
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Walton On The Hill