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Simon R

Short history of Farnley Camp, Northern Command

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Simon R

Members may be interested in this outline history of Farnley Camp on the Otley Local History Bulletin website.

This was the camp made famous by 12 KOYLI ("Miner's Battalion") and later developed as Northern Command Gas and Grenade School.

Camp commandant Maj. Herbert Edgar Burton, was a Northern celebrity, having been involved in the rescue of men from the wreck of the Rohilla at Whitby.

Minor fame attaches Tolkien and Stanley Holloway as itinerant officers passing through the camp, though the former left little trace.


Farnley Camp - Northern Command Gas and Grenade School


Later used as a camp for tank training in the Second World War, most of the extant remains date from this period.


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