Yeovil is a town in England, a town like Beardstown that has flood problems. Yeovil is about 130 miles west of London, and near the English Channel and experienced an unusual flood during January. The River Severn nearby is full of the winter’s rain and snow, and at the same time there were 75 to 80 mph winds blowing an abundance of sea water up the river from the English Channel, thereby flooding Yeovil and thousands of farm acreage. All of the roads into Yeovil were flooded for a few days.
In better times, this town, which is thousands of years old and first settled by the Romans, has a population today of around 37,000. It was 70 years ago, during World War II that the U. S. Army had built Camp Houndstone at the edge of Yeovil. It was on January 8, 1944, when Charles Chambers, not much more than a teenage soldier, left the family farm near Bluffs Springs, and arrived at Camp Houndstone. Chambers was trained as an Infantry Replacement at Camp Walters, Texas, before being sent to England.