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Feb 1915: how long in training camp in France?


Jonathan Saunders

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I am researching a man who crossed to F&F on 17 Feb 1915. I would expect he would have passed through a training/instruction camp in France for between 7 and 14 days, yet the next mention of a draft in the War Diary is for 12 March. Would this length of time between arriving in France and joining his unit in the Field be reasonable, or has a draft been missed when writing up the War Diary?

Thanks and regards,

Jonathan S

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Hi Jonathan

I have looked at the war diaries for my Grandfather Henry Conley who went to France on 19th May 1915 with 7th Rifle Brigade.

Below is a summary which maybe of interest to you.

20.5 Crossed in SS Queen baggage in another ship by train to Boulogne

21-25.5 in billets at Millain carrying out excercises.

26.5 Marched to Zoutpeene in billets

27.5 Marched to Fetre in billets

28.5 Marched to Dranoutre in billets

29.5 to 5.6 IN TRENCHES FOR INSTRUCTION

6.6 Marched to La Clytte

7-10.6 To Pioneer Farm in reserve constructed shelter against shell fire provided carrying parties to trenches.

10-13.6 To Brasserrie in trenches.

In summary it appears they were in billets on arrival and awaiting equipment and supplies for 5 days (notes in diary point to this).

Marched to training camp taking 3 days.

Trench etc training for 6 days.

Marched for 1 day.

In front line reserve for 3 days.

Then in front line trenches.

Hope this is of interest.

Regards John C

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