Marlow’s Training Trenches

Training Trenches

One of Marlow’s many contributions to WW1 was the training trenches in Pullingshill wood.

PULLINGSHILL WOOD TRAINING TRENCHES TROOP INVOLVEMENT ( Results of AiM library search of Bucks Free Press Papers 1914 – 1916)

27/11/14:
General Sir George Higginson encourages District Council to host volunteers.

7/5/15:
Brigade of Guards agree to send 1200 troops of 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards and 700 men of 4th Battalion to be housed under canvas at Bovingdon Green

4/6/15:
3rd Battalion under Colonel Corry arrive at Bovingdon

Marlow July 3 1915

18/6/15:
4th Battalion arrive and ” During the week the men have been busily involved in their training. The range at Quarry Woods has been used for firing parties nearly every morning and trench digging, and field exercises have been carried out in the woods to the north of the town”.

23/7/15:
3rd Battalion depart for active service. RAMC troops arrive.

Trenches-diagram

19/11/15:
Bovingdon Camp closed after poor weather. Troops billeted in the town

24/12/15:
Arrival of 2000 Royal Engineers – billeted in Marlow, Maidenhead and Cookham

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31/3/16:
Troops help to repair effects of bad weather including flooding and trees down.

August 1916:
Last record of troops in Marlow

Click here to read a write-up of the Trenches Heritage Day

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