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.
SOLD OUT: 18 November – Tommy’s Footprints – A Night to Remember
Venue:Parkside Hall, Woburn Street, Ampthill MK45 2HX
BUY: Ampthill Camp WWI Centenary Framed Print
This framed print commemorates the centenary of the WWI Bedfordshire Training Depot (1914-16).
Edition strictly limited to 25 signed prints – £30 (inc p&p)
Framed size: 16″ x 12″ (approx)
Reverse of frame: Certificate of Authenticity
BUY: Tommy’s Footprints Coaster
This coaster has been specially commissioned for Tommy’s Footprints.
Edition strictly limited to 120 – £4
Only available from The Stationery Boutique in Ampthill
50p of each coaster is donated to charity
SOLD OUT: Tommy’s IPA
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…..
Edition strictly limited to 150 copies – £6 (inc p&p)
A5 book. 48 pages
Published on 1 December 2016 – just in time for Christmas!
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.
BUY: Ampthill’s Fallen by John Hele (2014)
Ampthill’s Fallen 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). The eight soldiers are:
- 23071 Private Harry Burt
- 22809 Private Arthur Gillett
- 30064 Private Stewart William Hill
- 23251 Acting Sergeant George Money
- 26703 Private Thomas Money
- 23503 Private Richard Putman
- 23511 Lance Corporal George Thompson
- 18972 Private Albert Willis
To find out more read Ampthill’s Fallen [ISBN 978-0-9542619-5-5 – 149 pages ~ £13 inc p&p].
These limited edition prints and postcards will become very collectible. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to order by PayPal or BACS transfer.
Proceeds will help to fund a book about the Ampthill Camp ~ profits to benefit the charity Combat Stress which was founded in 1919 to help WWI veterans deal with shell shock.