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WWI – Bedfordshire Training Depot in Ampthill Park – Tommy’s Footprints is part of the IWM First World War Centenary Programme

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One hundred years on, we are all connected to the First World War, either through our own family history, the heritage of our local communities or because of its long-term impact on society and the world we live in today.

From 2014 to 2018, across the world, nations, communities and individuals of all ages will come together to mark, commemorate and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.

IWM (Imperial War Museums) is leading the First World War Centenary Partnership, a network of local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations.

Together, through the First World War Centenary Programme, a vibrant global programme of cultural events and activities, and online resources, we are connecting current and future generations with the lives, stories and impact of the First World War.

Tommy’s Footprints is part of this global commemoration.

WWI – Bedfordshire Training Depot in Ampthill Park – Illustrated War News photos from 1915

On 21, July 1915 The Illustrated War News included 3 pages of photographs of the Bedfordshire Training Depot. The photographs provide a glimpse of what the Depot was like.

 

Officers on Duty at the Bedfordshire Training Depot

Officers on Duty at the Bedfordshire Training Depot

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Non-Commissioned Officers at the Bedfordshire Training Depot

A squad at drill in baynot-fighting

A squad at drill in baynot-fighting

A camp recreation hut for the rank and file

A camp recreation hut for the rank and file

The Master Cook engaged in ornamental gardening

The Master Cook engaged in ornamental gardening

Battalion cooks prepare a meal at field-kitchens of the type that were used at the front

Battalion cooks prepare a meal at field-kitchens of the type that were used at the front

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From an original newspaper.

WWI – Bedfordshire Training Depot in Ampthill Park – Artist’s Impression of Tommy’s Footprints

This is an early pencil sketch of how Tommy’s Footprints will look in November 2016 when the column of footprints are installed in Ampthill Park.

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Copyright: S.Hartley (2015) – all rights reserved

We are looking to commission an artist’s impression of what Tommy’s Footprints will look like in the hollow of Ampthill Park. Please reply or email if you are interested to sketch this work.