Border Regiment at Belstone

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Border Regiment at Belstone

Postby kerchi » Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:49 pm

BORDER REGIMENT AT BELSTONE

Yesterday the 1st Border Regiment arrived at Okehampton, and proceeded thence to Belstone, for field training. The regiment, which, was in South Africa during the whole of the war, has lately been divided and stationed at Crownhill and Bulford. The journey to Okehampton was made in special trains, for the reception of which excellent arrangements had been made by the local railway staff. Watchett Hill, the venue of the camp, is hidden from Belstone by lofty tors, which completely encircle it. But the site itself stands at a high altitude, and yesterday stiff breezes blew from one end of it to the other, the soldiers having quite a new experience of home service.

The surrounding country is admirably adapted for carrying out military manoeuvres on a large scale, and it is expected that the regiment will have their full share of duties to perform. Should the weather be fine, however, the men will thoroughly enjoy their visit. The mountain scenery is magnificent, viewed from the camping ground. Majestic tors are piled one on top of the other, and the grey granite crags stand out in striking relief. In the intervening valley the river, converted into silvery foam, dashes madly along, and all around there is a profusion of rich coloured gorse.

The Battalion consists of 545 officers and men. Lieutenant-Colonel G. H. Ovens, C.B., is in command, and under him are Major J. Page Wood, Brevet-Lieut. Colonel H. S Mayhew, Major P. J. Bellamy, Captain and Adjutant W. Lynn Allen, Captain E. G. W. Hume, G. P. Brodrick, A. E. St. V. Pollard, G. E Warren, Lieutenants G. H. Harrison and S. H. Worrall, Second-Lieutenants H. A. Askew, A. P. Blackwood, H. D. MacCall, A. B. Clayton, C. Lamb, P. P. W. Feudall, J. W. Chamley, J. R. C. Meiklejohn and Lieutenant and Quartermaster F. W. Austin.

The Battalion was considerably thinned by losses in South Africa, and there are a great many young soldiers serving in it at present but about a hundred of the older men possess both the war and the King's medal.

Published in the Western Times - Saturday 2nd May, 1903
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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