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.
June 1917 – on Tuesday, June 12 the Ampthill Command Depot played an enjoyable game of cricket against Ampthill. A collection was also held in aid of the British Red Cross.News of Ampthill Park recruits at the Front
This month eight Ampthill Camp boys have died at the Front.
19166 Acting Sergeant Albert MULLETT (28) of Luton Killed in Action on 2 June
18331 Private James FIELD (31) of Baldock Died of Wounds on 10 June
22840 Private William HENMAN (32) of Lidlington Killed in Action on 17 June
19017 Private Arthur BRITAIN (22) of Bedford Died of Wounds on 21 June
31993 Private Harry BRYANT (22) of Biggleswade Killed in Action on 22 June
22066 Private John W. BEETON (22) of Hitchin Killed in Action on 27 June
22065 Corporal Ernest COOPER of Radwell Killed in Action on 27 June
23248 Private Harry Nicholls (19) of Lidlington Killed in Action on 28 June
The Bedfordshire Standard. The original broadsheet is part of the Bedfordshire & Luton Archive.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
RBL Roll of Honour
The National Archives
Next installment to be published on 31 July 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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