Kempton Park

Kempton Park racecourse was closed for racing at the outbreak of war, but the large open space and adjacent railway station soon made it attractive for military purposes. Its first use was as a depot for recently enlisted soldiers. The 16th Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment was formed from men who had attended Public Schools. They were initially sent by train to Kempton Park, and camped there whilst undertaking basic training, before being sent to camps elsewhere for more advanced training.

Men of the 16th Battalion (Public Schools) of the Middlesex Regiment in camp at Kempton Park in November 1914. They appear to have been bedding down in the stables. These men would have moved on to a training camp before being sent to the front. In view of the heavy casualties suffered by this Battalion, it seems likely that not all of the men seen here would have made it back to home.

Men of the 16th Battalion (Public Schools) of the Middlesex Regiment in camp at Kempton Park in November 1914. They appear to have been bedding down in the stables. These men would have moved on to a training camp before being sent to the front. In view of the heavy casualties suffered by this Battalion, it seems likely that not all of the men seen here would have made it back to home.

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