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141 Days: The Battle of the Somme

Barracks

The volunteers of August and September 1914 were often accommodated in bell tents with 12 men to a ten. Whilst this was fine in the summer as the days grew shorter and the weather colder and wetter, it was not ideal. Soldiers were billeted with local people who were paid an allowance for each soldier they accommodated and fed. The army needed a better system and vast hutted camps were built. These became home to soldiers undergoing training. Things were pretty basic, but each soldier had a sleeping space of 2 feet and 6 inches (76cms) and some more space for his uniform and equipment. All of which had to be kept neat and tidy for the Sergeant Majorís inspection.


9th Battalion of the King's Own in a tented camp at Seaford, near Eastbourne, Sussex, 1914.
Accession Number: KO2709/30


Barrack accommodation at Oswestry, used by the 4th and 5th Reserve Battalions, King's Own.
Accession Number: KO2546/76

Next: Preparation for Battle

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