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WWI – Bedfordshire Training Depot in Ampthill Park – Tommy’s Footprints twelve months on…


5th August 2015 – it is exactly 12 months since Tommy’s Footprints was conceived. Since then a lot has happened to turn the idea into a poignant reality:

  • Ampthill Town Council has enthusiastically backed Tommy’s Footprints.
  • A small working group has done research and is developing the concept.
  • We have created a FaceBook page and this blog.
  • Tommy’s Footprints was invited to join the IWM First World War Centenary Programme.
  • An artist’s impression shows what Tommy’s Footprints will look like.
  • Local schools and community groups are starting to get involved.
  • We stenciled some ‘test’ footprints in Ampthill Park to see how they look and weather.


25 July 2015

In November 2016 Tommy’s Footprints will become a reality. The column of 707 footprints in Ampthill Park will stretch back some 170 metre – a pair for each soldier who trained at the Depot and died in WWI. It will be interesting to see how the project develops and gathers pace over the coming months.

If you would like to be involved in Tommy’s Footprints or have a story to share about the Bedfordshire Training Depot please reply to this blog or send an email.


An artist’s impression