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Report - HMS Royal Arthur, Corsham, Wiltshire - May 2013

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by CorporalB, May 4, 2013.

  1. CorporalB

    CorporalB 28DL Full Member
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    Whilst flying my FPV plane in the area, I noticed what looked like an abandoned barracks, hidden well back away from the road. I was curious so starting asking around

    I had managed to receive a "virtual" tour of the place by a Naval Warrant Officer(who shall remain nameless of course), albeit on google maps. It intrigued me and I wanted to find out what the place was. This "googling" inevitably led me here to 28DL and even though there are already reports about the location, I still wanted to take a wander down myself. I managed to get some external photos, even if they were screen grabs from my mobile phone video, but not nearly good enough quality or quantity for a decent report.

    Then the weather turned sour, and I was stuck indoors waiting for the best time/day to revisit.

    Whilst I was waiting, I did a bit more research in the form of asking a few serving Warrant Officers about their experiences at HMS Royal Arthur. One story in particular tickled me, so I'll share:

    "So, there was this tunnel as part of the assault course. It was very muddy and on rainy days, it would be semi submerged. We would all have to go through this tunnel many times, scurrying through on our bellies and we always hoped that it hadn't been raining the day before. After phase 1, we knew we no longer had to go through the tunnel anymore so after our celebratory drinks in the local pub, on our stumble back to camp we would each take turns to have a p*ss in the tunnel, in the knowledge that the poor f*ck*rs arriving on Monday would be rolling around in it for the next 2 weeks!!"

    There's plenty of information about HMS Royal Arthur available on the internet, and in other reports on here. So I wont repeat it.

    Well, the day came when the schedule was clear and I had a mate (actually my little Brother.... not so little, he's a 13 stone brick sh*t house built Royal Marine!!!) who could act not only as a spotter but as personal protection should we bump into any ... erm... lets call them "undesirables"

    So, armed with my Panasonic FZ38, we popped in

    Is it extremely sad/geeky of me that the whole time I was walking around I had this tune playing in my head: cheesy song






    Parade Ground:




    I have a few more pictures, but didn't want to exceed the 6-10 pic rule by too much. :)

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