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Royal Wiltshire Imperial Yeomanry summer camps 1910, 1912

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Moonraker

Recently I acquired items from a collection relating mainly to George Peak-Garland, who was a sergeant in the RWIY and later joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, to be killed in action in 1917.

 

Several postcards show the RWIY in summer camp, I would say between 1908 and 1914. I have identified some of the locations, usually with the relevant years, but in two cases the cards have been published by a Brighton photographer, suggesting that one year the RWIY went further afield, possibly to the Lewes area,

 

It'll be a while before I can check the relevant histories, so can anyone help with the Sussex location and year, please?

 

Other dates and locations that I have: Burderop Park 1904; Uffington 1905; Wantage,1906; Warminster 1907 & 1911; Beckhampton Downs 1908; Perham Down 1909; Malmesbury 1913, Semley 1914. Which leave 1910 and 1912.

 

I don't seek any information about George Peak-Garland's wartime service.

 

(I sometimes wince about a collection being broken up, but it was offered in a number of diverse lots and I don't think there would have been much interest in it as a whole. There are various modern Peak-Garlands and it may be that one of these disposed of the accumulation.)

 

Moonraker

 

 

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kenf48

It was reported in local newspapers, that 500 officers and men of the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry arrived in Lewes on 30 October 1915 and were billeted in the old workhouse, the Grammar School and empty houses. The YMCA opened a recreation centre.

 

A press release apparently. it appeared in all the local newspapers which are available free from the Keep (e.g.page 4 of Hastings Observer 30 October 1915 just under the picture of the sailor)

http://media.thekeep.info/gb179/HASTINGS OBSERVER_19151030.pdf

 

They also participated in a recruiting rally at the beginning of October in Eastbourne and a cricket match at the Saffrons Eastbourne  the previous month.  They also attended an aeroplane crash at Arundel.

 

So seem to have been very active in Sussex that year. No doubt we can dig out other references.

 

Ken

 

 

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Moonraker

That's interesting, Ken, and serves to bring the topic firmly into the Great War period! And thanks for steering me to the exact location of the reference.

 

However the two postcards by the Brighton photographer show the men and their mounts in rural settings and one depicts about 20 bell tents, with an escarpment in the background - of course, this does not preclude them being under canvas locally before moving into billets.

 

Moonraker

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Phil Evans

I'm sorry the image quality is low, but the 1/1 Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry were at Willingdon Camp, Eastbourne by the 1st September 1915. The 1/1 Hampshire Yeomanry moved there on the 25th July. Although there was a lot of moving around the South East for various training, the 1/1 South West Mounted Brigade had been based in the Forest Row area since October 1914.

Phil

 

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clk

Hi Moonraker,

 

4 hours ago, Moonraker said:

Which leave 1910 and 1912.

 

I hope that this may help.

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Image sourced from Findmypast

 

The war diary for the 1/1RWY (National Archives WO 95/930/1) only starts in September 1915. It shows:

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Images sourced from the National Archives

 

Unfortunately, the diary then skips forward to May 1916.

 

Regards

Chris

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Moonraker

Hey Chris, that's fantastic, thanks. The locations shown in the Statement of Service are compatible with those I give in my first post: Uffington is close to Wantage, Beckhampton to Shepherds Shore and Semley to Tisbury. Thanks too to Phil, for the War Diary extract. Guess I'll have to revise my theories about the locations shown in the cards.

 

Moonraker

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kenf48

They left Lewes in November.  

 

However the Sergeants Mess organised a ball at the village hall Forest Row in January 1915, bit far from Brighton but the WW1 camp on the Royal Ashdown Golf Club was a tented camp originally.

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1441756

 

see also post 8 of this thread

Ken

 

 

 

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