Hotel Cecil (London)

The Hotel Cecil was a grand hotel built 1890–96 between the Thames Embankment and the Strand in London, England. It was named after Cecil House, a mansion belonging to the Cecil family, which occupied the site in the 17th century; the hotel was demolished in 1930, Shell Mex House now stands on its site. Designed by architects Perry & Reed in a "Wrenaissance" style, the hotel was the largest in Europe when it opened, with more than 800 rooms; the proprietor, Jabez Balfour went bankrupt and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. The hotel was requisitioned for the war effort in 1917, the first headquarters of the newly formed RAF took up part of the hotel from 1918 to 1919. A green plaque was affixed just inside the outer Strand entrance to the building in March 2008, proclaiming: The Royal Air Force was formed and had its first headquarters here in the former Hotel Cecil 1 April 1918. Below it is a brass plate stating: This plaque was unveiled by the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy to mark the 90th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force.

The hotel was the base for a Palestine Arab delegation that arrived in London in August 1921 and spent a year there, protesting in vain against the proposed terms of the British Mandate for Palestine. The president of the delegation was Musa Kazim al-Husseini; the Cecil was demolished in Autumn 1930, Shell Mex House was built on the site. The Strand façade of the hotel remains, with, at its centre, a grandiose arch leading to Shell Mex House proper. After Shell Mex relocated, the block became known as 80 Strand and is occupied by a number of companies including AIMIA or Pearson PLC subsidiaries Financial Times, Penguin Books, Dorling Kindersley and Rough Guides

Ingleburn Army Camp

Ingleburn Army Camp was a purpose built camp constructed in 1940 for the Australian Army at Ingleburn, New South Wales, Australia. During World War II, the camp became the major army training facility in New South Wales. Many important army units who trained at the camp served in some of the major engagements of World War II. All corps were trained at the camp including engineers, transport and anti-aircraft units. Known as "Ingleburn Military Camp", the Commonwealth acquired 684 acres in 1940, which the army had occupied after setting up tents on 8 October 1939. Accommodation was constructed shortly after by the 2/16th Australian Infantry Battalion to provide for the formation of the Second Australian Imperial Force. Following the outbreak of the Korean War during the 1950s, battalions destined for Korea were stationed at the camp. National Service recommenced and the camp was a major National Service centre. Many Australians experienced military training at the camp prior to be posted to an Army Reserve unit in their home locations.

The Commonwealth Government extended compulsory military training in 1964 and conscripts were sent on military operations outside Australia. The training of National Service recruits was the main function of the camp from 1951 until 1972, when the Commonwealth Government abolished National Service. Since the end of World War II the camp's main function was training camp for the National Service Scheme and as the Headquarters of Second Training Group of the Army Reserves; the Camp on the southern side of Campbeltown road was occupied by the First Signal Regiment from my earliest recollection in the late 1960s until about 1980 when 1 Sig Regt was redeployed to Enoggera Baracks in Brisbane, Queensland. 101 Field workshop was located opposite the Ingleburn Area Officer's mess. The Area Sergeants Mess was located adjacent to the 2nd Military Hospital and the Military Police school and the Military Correction Establishment. 1 Field Hygiene company was located next to I Field Hospital known as Manunda Lines.

Followsing its tour of duty in Phuoc Tuy Province South Vietnam, HQ 1 Coy RAASC and its organic 21 Sup Pl and transport Platoons were deployed to Ingleburn in 1966 and were located to the rear of 1 Field Hospital. The Camp began was wound down in mid-1990s with units being transferred to other locations. Many buildings were destroyed by fire in the late 1990s; the site has been vacant since late 2000. Over the past 10 years the barracks has been occupied by the Ingleburn Military Precinct Association; the association caters for tours from historical units, Probis clubs and schools. 2/16th Australian Infantry Battalion 2/20th Australian Infantry Battalion 1 Signal Regiment: early 1960s - December 1980 2nd Military Hospital: established in the 1940s, became known as 1st Field Hospital in the 90s. 1st Field Hospital was located further down the road from 2nd Military Hospital and was deployed to Vietnam in the 1960s. In the 1960s and early 1970s, 2nd Military Hospital received casualties of wounded soldiers evacuated from Vietnam, as well as serving the nearby Holsworthy Army base.

1st Field Hospital returned from Vung Tau in 1972 and became inactive so far as receiving patients was concerned. The two units became known as 1st Field Hospital. 2nd Training Group 2nd Military Corrections Centre 1st Preventative Medicine Company was at Ingleburn Barracks before and after 1979. They had extensive tours in Papua/New Guinea prior to 1979, they had their own Transport yard opposite their own Q store. 101st Field Workshop The memorials located at Ingleburn Army Camp include: 2/16th Australian Infantry Battalion Memorial National Servicemen Memorial Memorial Wall dedicated Memorial grove of cypress surrounding a sandstone column monument NSW Heritage Listing "Place ID 105649". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment

List of North American stadiums by capacity

The following is an incomplete list of sports stadiums in North America, including Central America and the Caribbean. They are ordered by their seating capacity, the maximum number of seated spectators the stadium can accommodate. All North American stadiums with a capacity of 30,000 or more are included. Most large stadiums in North America are used for American football, with the rest used for association football, Canadian football, one each for Bullfighting and Cricket. List of African stadiums by capacity List of Asian stadiums by capacity List of European stadiums by capacity List of Oceanian stadiums by capacity List of South American stadiums by capacity List of American football stadiums by capacity List of current National Football League stadiums List of NCAA Division I FBS football stadiums List of NCAA Division I FCS football stadiums List of stadiums by capacity List of football stadiums by capacity List of U. S. stadiums by capacity List of sporting venues with a highest attendance of 100,000 or more