[Visitors to the Forces]

Visitors to the Forces

Whilst the atmosphere of the camps around Fovant was overwhelmingly that of a military establishment, there were occasions when the presence of civilians was welcomed. A camp newspaper, the ‘Hurdcott Herald’, recorded some of these social events. Extracts from this and from other sources have enabled us to list some of the civilians who visited the camps.

Name Notes
Mrs. Alcock Chaperoned her 3 dgts to a dance at No 5 Camp. Miss Violet Alcock wore black with a touch of blue
  Bean, Albert Name signed on back of p/c 6th-11th June 1917 when visiting YMCA
  Blanchard, J. Name signed on back of p/c 6th-11th June 1917 when visiting YMCA
Miss Darvall Daughter of the CO, Hurdcott, mid 1917
Mrs. Darvall Wife of the CO, Hurdcott, mid 1917
  Fletcher, Gertrude Name signed on back of p/c when visiting YMCA
  Fraser, C. Name signed on back of p/c 6th-11th June 1917 when visiting YMCA
  Hauiwold-Dunn?, Olive Name signed on back of p/c 6th-11th June 1917 when visiting YMCA
Miss Lay Attended the dance at No 5 Camp. She wore blue draped with black Chiffon.
Mrs. Loder, Frances Represented Loder and Nucoline, who donated the new Compton hut and additional funds for extensions. It was opened on Apr.17th 1916
Mrs. Lyons Attended a dance at No 5 Camp.
Miss Pinniger Attended the dance at No 5 Camp with her 3 sisters, She wore white.
Mrs. Russell Attended the dance at No 5 Camp and was charming in black.
Mr. Sellors A visiting American YMCA worker who lead a sing-song.
  Smith, E. Kathleen Name signed on back of p/c 6th-11th June 1917 when visiting YMCA
  Stewart?, Bill? Name signed on back of p/c 6th-11th June 1917 when visiting YMCA
Mrs. Syfret Attended the dance at No 5 Camp and wore purple satin with Passementerie trimming.
  Tapp, Eleanor Margery Name signed on back of p/c 6th-11th June 1917 when visiting YMCA
Miss Usher Attended a dance at No 5 Camp. She wore white with ivy leaves in her hair.
  Ward, Albany Ran the ‘Electric Palace’ at Hurdcott Camp ‘Star Turns and Best Pictures Twice Nightly (5-50 and 7-30) Special Attractions as Periodically Announced’.
  Warner, Marguerite Name signed on back of p/c 6th-11th June 1917 when visiting YMCA
Mrs. Wood Attended the dance at No 5 Camp and brought her handsome dgt. who was also in white.

M.A.M.
January 2007

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