Witley Camp

It was a long journey through the dark. Before they left the Cameronia they had been given 24 hours rations — “three beef sandwiches and two cracker sandwiches.  I guess we’re not supposed to be hungry,” remarked Archie Wills.(1) The rations were soon gone, so hot tea and sandwiches at the station in Birmingham were very welcome.(2)  “About four in the morning we detrained at [Milford Station], to the tune of an industrious coster, who had “Ripe gripes” for sale, and marched to the [Witley Camp], through English lanes and by English cottages which we were too tired, at that time, to notice. (2)

A2009.202.021 - Military - Inside Barracks, Hut EF59, inside view, Witley - courtesy of Marie Christie

Hut EF 59, Witley Camp Interior

After the sleepless journey and those last two miles, the Witley Camp huts looked pretty good: so did the knock-down beds, mattresses, and pillows. (3)

 

 

 

 

(1) Wills, Archie. Diary. 3.41-42. September 22, 1916. Archie Wills Fonds, University of Victoria Archives. Copyright 2007, University of Victoria.
(2) MacArthur, D.C. The History of the Fifty-Fifth Battery, CFA. Toronto, 1919. 5
(3) Wills, Archie. Diary. 3: 48. September 23, 1916.

The photograph can be found on a website called Bruce Remembers, an on-line project of the Bruce County [Ontario] Museum and Cultural Centre, commemorating the 160th Battalion in the Great War.

Copyright 2016. See “More about this project.”

 

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