D-Day marshalling area camp A16, Roche Court

AddressFareham, Hampshire PO17 5BL, UK
Location typeTroop Camp
Site Ownership and Access InformationRoche Court is now home to Boundary Oak School, and is not open to the public.
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Roche Court was used for assembly camp A16, which had space for 2,000 men and 444 vehicles, and was also the Headquarters for Marshalling Area A. Canadian troops from the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders were camped here shortly before D-Day.

Troops were based at many of these camps for weeks or even several months before D-Day. At the end of May, the camps were sealed, meaning that the troops inside were not allowed to leave. This was a step to minimise the risk that enemy spies – or the British public – might realise that D-Day was drawing very near. From 31 May onwards, and according to a highly detailed timetable, troops began to make their way down to the coast and embark onto the ships and landing craft that would take them to Normandy. Vehicles were often loaded earlier, and troops on foot embarked only just before D-Day. Once the troops landing on D-Day itself had left the camps, forces who would be landing on subsequent days took their place, forming a steady stream moving down towards the south coast that in many places continued for months. Later on, some of the camps were reused for other purposes, such as for holding enemy prisoners of war.

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