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.
October 1918 – the Scouts have sent off 20 sacks of waste paper to the Prince of Wales’ Fund.
Ampthill Command Depot
Influenza has claimed a victim in Drummer COLEMAN of the Ampthill Command Depot Band, who died soon after admittance to the V.A.D. Hospital on the night of 22-23 October.
During a football match on the afternoon of Saturday, 26th October between the Command Depot and Marston Juniors, Private JEEVES sustained a broken leg.
Canadian Forestry Corps
Influenza has claimed the life of 2005068 Private Avard L. DIMOCK (Forestry Corps) who wed Ampthill girl (Rose Ellen Wootton) back in June. Private Dimock (20) died at the Military Hospital in Thetford which is where the 126th Corps are now stationed. His body is to be brought back to Ampthill for burial.
News of Ampthill Park recruits at the Front
This month the war has claimed the lives of 8 men who trained at the Ampthill Camp.
22937 Lance Corporal Frederick J. ROLLS (22) of Woburn Killed in Action on October 8
23417 Private Frederick BREED (22) of Potton Died of Wounds on October 10
23498 Private Sidney BUCK of Biggleswade Killed in Action on October 23
17425 Corporal Arthur G. COX (22) of Elstow Killed in Action on October 23
23265 Private John ENDERSBY (32) of Everton Killed in Action on October 23
23298 Private Ronald A. GEORGE (22) of Chipperfield Killed in Action on October 23
23751 Private Augustus J. WEBB (29) of Clophill Killed in Action on October 23
26754 Private Allan P. WHITFIELD (22) of Potton Died at Home on October 26
The Bedfordshire Standard. The original broadsheet is part of the Bedfordshire & Luton Archive.
Next instalment to be published on 30 November 2018….
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November 2018 – it will be one hundred years since news of The Armistice rippled through Bedfordshire, and was welcomed with thankful relief. Hostilities ceased but the war continued to shaped Ampthill in ways which have passed out of living memory.
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