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WWI – Bedfordshire Training Depot in Ampthill Park – the Camp Diary, June 1915

The ‘Camp Diary’ provides an insight into the Bedfordshire Training Depot from 1914-16. Based on newspaper reports of the time.

June 1915 – After the Whitsun holidays the recruits have been training hard in readiness to join the Bedfordshire Regiment at the front. Firing practice is almost continuous and bayonet drills are given great detail.

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Quite a large number of the men have married in the last few weeks.

The first draft of 200 men left the camp for France in mid June. The final stage of the journey was made in cattle trucks. They were billeted at a farm house. A number of Bedfords have been in the trenches for three days, while all are close enough to see the big guns flash.

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The First Draft departing Ampthill Midland Station (June 9, 1915)

At a Battalion parade his Grace singled out all the youngest men, and individually questioned them as to age. Upwards of 100 who are under foreign service age or of small stature are classed as cadets and are now drilled apart from the others. This is to give the cadets a better chance of thorough training before leaving the Camp.

On Tuesday, June 22 the second draft of 100 picked men were heartily cheered on leaving left the Park in the charge of Lieutenants Lang and Healing, led by the Regimental Band. They were a fine body of men

The vacancies caused by the departure of the first and second draft have been made up, and with a continuous influx of recruits the Camp seems as full as ever.

 

June 4, 1915

 

June 25, 1915

Source: The Bedfordshire Standard. The original broadsheet is part of the Bedfordshire & Luton Archive.

Next installment to be published on 15 February 2016….
Text copyright S.Hartley (2015-)

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.