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Fournier Camp, Marseille


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Can anybody share any insights on Fournier Camp at Marseille. Looking for some ref's in the June 1918 period on the arrival of troops from the EEF to France.

Would appreciate any leads.

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Dave

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There was a factory owned by Fournier in Marseilles.

In 1916 there is a reference to bivouac at Camp Fournier, 1 1/2 miles from the docks, and known as the English Rest Camp.

That new site AMOT has this

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Thanks Charlie

I have a ref to it as No.10 Rest Camp also but outside of this nothing. Appreciate the link.

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Dave

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On 06/11/2021 at 18:59, ddycher said:

Would appreciate any leads.

Hi Dave all I can give you is Prince Alberts own Somerset Light Infantry landed in Marseilles 1st June 1918, from the long long trail. Next is this link 6th April 1916; https://www.thekivellfamily.co.nz/family_pages/ralphs_diaries/monthly/04_april_16.html and then 'Rest Camp No.10 near Marseille' in the text. Link here;https://southrussiadiary.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/through-france/ Also this post below from; Strange that Marseille must have been a very busy place with thousands of troops coming from India and troops going out. War diaries must be the place to look? Best of luck, Bob.

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On 06/11/2021 at 19:59, ddycher said:

Looking for some ref's in the June 1918 period on the arrival of troops from the EEF to France.

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"Battalion" is 25th Royal Welsh, ship was Malwa which was in convoy with Caledonia and a number of others. Caledonia had Sussex Yeomanry on board.

Given the amount of movements back from Egypt and Salonika via Marseilles it is suprising there aren't more ready refs.

 

The WarDiary of the 25th Bn suggests they marched to Camp Mousso. If this is camp Musso (or Mussot) then LLT says it was 10k from Marseilles and home of No16 Convalescent Depot. War Diary for Musso says 7miles from dock gates (Wo95-4122-3). Probably not what you want.

This leads to Base Commandant Marseilles (WO 4038 4) and also Base Commander Reinforcements (WO 4040 7, let alone Marseilles ADMS. Anyway there are some possible war diaries to scrute if you search "WO95 Marseilles" in Discovery.

Charlie

 

 

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The Base Commandant's Diary, whilst not mentioning Fournier or No 10 Rest Camp, does list daily the different units arriving on different ships.

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The ADMS Diary mentions visits to Fournier Camp and No10 Rest Camp inter alia. (WO95-4039-8). From the fairly frequent inspections of each  I get the impression Camp Fournier and No10 Rest Camp are not one and the same?? eg look at entry 14/4/18.

 

But worth a scan of all these. It really comes down now to - what exactly are you looking for?

Charlie

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Both.

Many thanks. The 5th Devons camped at Fournier Camp on their arrival from Egypt. They left a "guard" there when moving up to Mondicourt by train. I am trying to determine the movements of that guard.

Will dig through the ADMS Diaries. 

Again many thanks

Dave

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