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Info sought on Offrs/SNCO's & Junior Ranks messes!


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Hi Gang!

Bit of a strange request, but does any member have info on, or indeed - photies of the interiors of typical 1stWW Officers messes and accomodation, WO's & SNCO's messes & accomodation, and also the Junior Ranks messes (cookhouse/Regimental Institute) & accomodation please?

Reason i ask, is that i am doing some research into what they would have looked like inside (including the latrines/toilet block/wash rooms), and am trying to get info on what they were actually like - including decor! I have only come across one photie which shows an RFC Sjt propping up the bar in his mess, and looks like a typical 1920's pub!!

I may have a chance to help with the authentic restoration of a former RFC site which is still relatively intact, and would like to start the ball rolling. Can anyone help??

tim

p.s. below is the interior photie of the RFC sjt's mess!

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That pose worries me......

Seriously, though, I believe English Heritage produced a book about Barracks, etc, a few years ago; if so, that might be worth tracking down.

In addition, places like Fort Nelson (near Fareham) have reconstructions of barracks, so well worth a visit to see them.

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