Larkhill, January 11, 1917

Thursday  Windy and wet For the next few days the reveille will be a thing of the past

It seems that Percy had fallen on good times — “looking after my gun” did not seem too onerous a job, and didn’t require long days in the wind and rain.

This day the 15th Brigade went out firing: they had to go four miles from the huts and wagon lines, Gordon Brown tells us, to reach their position, so no doubt they were thoroughly wet before they even pulled into position to fire.


“Larkhill Camp” was one part of the extensive army establishment on Salisbury Plain. The wide open landscape was ideal for firing ranges large enough for the modern guns — in 1914 the eighteen pounder could fire 6500 yards (3.5 miles or nearly 6 kms), and its range kept improving.There were not many places in Britain where that could safely be achieved, but the British Army had used Salisbury Plain since the late nineteenth century for the purpose. On the map above, Larkhill is at the southern end of the artillery range.

(1) Brown, Robert Gordon. Letter to his mother, January 14, 1917. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”

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