Catterick Garrison, the super garrison in the north, is the Largest Military Garrison in Western Europe and home of the Infantry Training Centre where training is carried out for every Infantry soldier, including Gurkhas. It covers 2,400 acres and 20,000 acres of training land and includes Marne Barracks and the outstations of Ripon, Dishforth and Topcliffe. It is not a single fenced base, but several separate barracks around which a town has developed.
The Garrison houses both 4 Mech Bde and the Infantry Training Centre (Catterick) where all infantry soldiers receive their basic training. The siting of the Garrison was first recommended by Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement, in 1908 whilst he was based at the army barracks at that time located in Richmond Castle. The original name of the base was Richmond Camp before being changed to Catterick Camp in 1915.
The Garrison is well supported with a variety of facilities within the Army Welfare Service community complex, including the HIVE, free internet facilities (in HIVE), the NSPCC Almond Tree Project, mother and toddler sessions and children’s activities hosted by Community Support. Outside the AWS complex are other facilities including two well used Community Centres hosting regular events - the White Rose Club which houses a ten pin bowling alley and the Dalesman Community Centre which adjoins Soldier Sam’s adventure play centre and the Dales Youth Centre. There is a new leisure centre hosting three swimming pools and other sporting and recreational facilities. Catterick also has an 18-hole golf course, a thrift shop and a library.
Catterick HIVE, Hipswell Lodge, Smuts Road, Catterick Garrison, DL9 3AX. Tel: 01748 872944,
The Garrison is made of many different groups of buildings spread over a wide area and includes a number of individual barracks: Waithwith Banks, Gaza Barracks, Megiddo Lines, Cambrai Barracks, Bourlon Barracks, Vimy Barracks, (HQ School of Infantry), Helles Barracks, Harden Barracks, Somme Barracks, Helles Barracks, Alma Barracks, Duchess of Kent's Barracks, Piave Lines, Wathgill Camp (6 miles from the Garrison), Munster Barracks, Marne Bks.
Units based in Catterick
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