Stable Yard & Buildings

The new arrivals were billeted on the first floor of the stable block. This was used as both a dormitory and for lectures.  There was no electricity which meant late arrivals often groped around in the poor light. Tales were told of Auxiliers having a smoke before bed, only to wake the next morning to find “No Smoking” signs and that the seat they had chosen was a box of grenades!

The Motor Transport Office and Sergeant's quarters were at the end of the building near the entrance. In the corner on the ground floor are two sets of double doors. This was home to the NAAFI and where ENSA concert parties put on occasional shows. On the first floor above this was the Camp Commandant’s office, the Royal Engineers Office, the orderly room and the typist room.

Temporary huts were built in the corner of the stable yard as classrooms. These no longer exist.

In 2016 a devastating fire gutted the stable block. Thankfully it has been restored by The National Trust.

A site map shows the location of the offices and out buildings.

Personnel
Role Name Posted from Until
Coleshill Staff Staff Sergeant Chaffer Unknown Unknown
Coleshill Staff Delaney Unknown Unknown
Coleshill Staff Driver Rowlands Unknown Unknown
Coleshill Staff Tierney Unknown Unknown
Pictures
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View from Stable Yard
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Stable yard block
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Stable yard block
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NAAFI corner
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Stable yard
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Stable yard from roof
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Coleshill Stable Block from RE office
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GHQ Commandants Offices
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Coleshill Stable Block Fire 2016
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Coleshill Stable Block Typists Office
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Coleshill Stable Block RE Office
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Coleshill Stable Block Clerks Office
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Coleshill Stable Block Camp Commandant's Office
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Coleshill Stable Block
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Coleshill Stable NAAFI doors
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Coleshill Stable drive and Motor Transport Office
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Coleshill Stable Block Motor Transport Offices
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Coleshill Stable Offices
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Coleshill Stable RE Office
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Coleshill Stable stairs up
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Coleshill Stable stairs
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Coleshill Stable Block
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Coleshill Re-Born - stable images
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Coleshill Re-Born - stable images
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Coleshill Re-Born - stable images
References

Ian Edwards