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.
News of Ampthill Park recruits at the Front
This month we have lost another 8 Ampthill Recruits. Seven of these died of their wounds, four of them on home soil after being repatriated.
23460 Private Alexander DRYSDALE of Biggleswade Died at home of Wounds on March 1
23299 Private Charles BIGGERSTAFF (21) of Chipperfield Died on March 2
B/200443 Acting Corporal Arthur R. GROOM (25) of Raunds Died of Wounds on March 9 at the 22nd Casualty Clearing Station in France
23406 Private Albert E. BIRCH (30) of Hockliffe Died of Wounds on March 11
31171 Private Arthur H. SMITH of Lavenham Killed in Action on March 13
29518 Private John B. HIGBY (26) of Raunds Died of Wounds on March 15 at No.45 Casualty Clearing Station
20861 Private Herbert SAUNDERSON (34) of Stotfold Died of Wounds on March 18 at No.33 Casualty Clearing Station
40469 Private William HUCKLE of Pavenham Died of Wounds on March 26 at the VAD Hospital in Exeter
The Bedfordshire Times. The original broadsheet is part of the Bedfordshire & Luton Archive.
Next installment to be published on 30 April 2017….
Text and images copyright S.Hartley (2015-)
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