It is one hundred years since the Bedfordshire Training Depot closed in 1916. Ampthill Town Council is leading preparations to remember the WWI soldiers who trained at The Camp, and those who died or were injured.

The centrepiece will be Tommy’s Footprints – a poignant art installation flanked by poppies in the hollow of Ampthill Great Park. This is where, upon completion of training, the recruits passed on their way to entrain at Ampthill Midland Station for the fight in France and Belgium.

Attend the illustrated talk or own your piece of Ampthill’s WWI history.

BUY: Ampthill’s Fallen (by John Hele, 2014)

Ampthill's Fallen

In 2014 Ampthill historian John Hele published Ampthill’s Fallen. The book is a tribute to the 67 men on the Ampthill Memorials, and to all those who were killed or died as a result of the Great War. John Hele diligently records what is known about each man’s life, service and death. Eight of the men also appear on the Memorial Cross in Ampthill Park because they trained at the Bedfordshire Training Depot (1914-16).

To find out more read Ampthill’s Fallen [ISBN 978-0-9542619-5-5 – 149 pages ~ £10 + p&p]. To obtain a copy of this excellent book please email John Hele.

BUT: Armistice100 bottled beer

Ampthill-based Kelchner Brewery  has designed 3 limited edition bottles to support Ampthill Armistice100 . The artwork is splendid. The bottle ale is available from Cambridge Wines, Wrest Park and direct from the Kelchner Brewery.

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BUY: Tommy’s Footprints Coaster

This coaster has been specially commissioned for Tommy’s Footprints.


Edition strictly limited to 120 – £4
Only available  from Number 14 in Ampthill
50p of each coaster is donated to charity


Limited edition centenary ale for Tommy’s Footprints.

Edition strictly limited to 450 bottles – £2.75
Available  from Saturday, 29 October at the Ampthill Brewhouse in Ampthill.
Opening hours: Thursday (9am-4pm and Saturday 10am-noon).

BUY: Ampthill Camp WWI Centenary Postcard


This special postcard commemorates the centenary of the WWI Bedfordshire Training Depot (1914-16). Limited edition: 500
£2 (inc p&p).

BUY: Stencilling Tommy’s Footprints

This book tells the story of Tommy’s Footprints and how we made it a reality…..

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Edition strictly limited to 150 copies – £6 (inc p&p)

A5 book. 48 pages
Published on 1 December 2016 – just in time for Christmas!

The last few copies are available from Ampthill Town Council, The Hub and The Stationery Boutique in Ampthill.

To remember that amazing day and the memories it went onto craft, here is a free copy  of the book “Stencilling Tommy’s Footprints” click to download.


These limited edition books and postcards will become very collectible. Please email to order by PayPal or BACS transfer.

Proceeds have helped to fund a book about the Ampthill Camp and benefit the charity Combat Stress which was founded in 1919 to help WWI veterans deal with shell shock.