WWI – Ampthill Command Depot in Ampthill Park – the Camp Diary, January 1917

The ‘Camp Diary’ provides an insight into the Bedfordshire Training Depot (1914-16) and No.9 Command Depot (1916-1919) that followed. Based on newspaper reports of the time.

January 1917 – this month there is nothing particular to report about the Depot.

News of Ampthill Park recruits at the Front

The Bedfords’ have received reinforcements and much time is spent training. January provides light relief – for the first month in many no Ampthill Park recruits have been reported as killed. Sadly, I suspect that the interlude will pass.

We regret to learn that in Maulden the friends of 22967 Lance Corporal Sidney Izzard have received information that, though, he has been missing since November 13th, no further news of Sidney can be obtained (Source: Bedfordshire Times).


The Bedfordshire Times. The original broadsheet is part of the Bedfordshire & Luton Archive.

Next installment to be published on 28 February 2017….

Text and images copyright S.Hartley (2015-)

Care is taken to ensure accuracy – please accept my apologies if the content contains any errors.

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