3RD CASUAL COMPANY CONVALESCENT CAMP
FOR 32ND DIVISION
FINGAL POINT, NSW
The 3rd Casual Co. operated the Convalescent Camp for the 32nd Infantry Division at Camp Fingal, at Fingal Point, in northern New South Wales just south of the mouth of the Tweed River where the suburb of Fingal Head is now located. Not to be confused with Fingal Bay near Port Stephens. The camp is also sometimes stated as being at Wommin Bay which is the adjacent large sweeping bay south of Fingal Point.
Members of the 32nd Infantry Division who had caught malaria would spend time convalescing at the camp, typically for 4 to 6 weeks. Their training schedule covered basic training for 6 hours a day. Activities included drill instruction, signal communication classes, life saving drill. Their health schedule included all forms of outdoor exercise, good food, and long hours of rest. Patients were also lucky enough to attend USO Stage Shows at Camp Fingal.
Patrick Mackey contacted me in August 2014 and advised that there were concrete slabs in his yard and the neighbouring house in Queen St., Fingal Head.There is a bronze plaque on the side of the Fingal Head road which commemorates the U.S. Army R&R Camp in this area. The plaque is located on the side of the road almost opposite the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Course clubhouse which is on a rocky point across the Tweed River.
I'd like to thank Roger Marks, Peter Turner and Patrick Mackey for their assistance with this web page.
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