[World Wars - British regiments in the Fovant area]

British regiments in the Fovant area

This list is based, with some enhancements, on ‘British Regiments 1914–1918’ (Samson 1978) by Brigadier E A James, whose record of infantry and cavalry unit locations during the Great War is arranged by unit rather than place. We are indepted to Mr Terry Crawford for providing us with this information.

The following tables are in chronological order.

FOVANT (some units may have been at Hurdcott or Sutton Mandeville)

Unit Camp Dates
Worcestershire Regiment battalion Number 2 Camp March–July 1915
7th Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry   April–early September 1915
7th Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Number 1 Camp May–July 1915
11th Border Regiment   August–mid-November 1915
15th West Yorkshire Regiment(Prince of Wales's Own) (1st Leeds) Number 1 Camp August 1915–January 1916
16th West Yorkshire Regiment Number 2 Camp August 1915–January 1916
18th West Yorkshire Regiment Number 3 Camp August 1915 –January 1916
31st Yorkshire Division   August 1915 –January 1916
Durham Light Infantry Number 4 Camp August 1915–January 1916
12th Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) (Miners, then Pioneers)   October–early December 1915
3/10th London Regiment (Hackney)   January–autumn 1916
3/12th London Regiment (The Rangers)   January–autumn 1916
3/5th London Rifle Brigade Number 4 Camp January–November 1916
3/6th London Regiment Number 1 Camp January–autumn 1916
3/8th London Regiment (Post Office Rifles)   January–autumn 1916
3/9th London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles) Number 3 Camp January–autumn 1916
2/4th Leicestershire Regiment Number 3 & 4 Camps January–February 1917
2/4th Lincolnshire Regiment Number 1 & 2 Camps January–February 1917
2/5th & 2/6th North Staffordshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's)   January–February 1917
2/5th & 2/6th Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment) Number 13 Camp January–late February 1917
2/5th South Staffordshire Regiment   January–February 1917
Dorset Regiment training battalion West Farm March 1917
Royal Berkshire Regiment training battalion (9th?) Royal Engineer Camp March 1917

1st London Reserve Brigade was formed at Fovant on September 1, 1916 with 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th Reserve Battalions, London Regiment and the Reserve Battalion of the Honourable Artillery Company. It moved to South Devon in November 1916, apart from the HAC, which went on duty at the Tower of London.


Unit Dates Comment
11th East Lancashire Regiment September 25–December 19 1915  
12th, 13th & 14th York & Lancaster Regiment October–December 1915  
11th, 12th & 13th (Hull service battalions) East Yorkshire Regiment October/November–December 1915 (or January 1916?) perhaps similar dates to 10th East Yorkshires)
10th East Yorkshire Regiment (1st Hull) Nov 6/7–16, 1915; December 2–7, 1915  
1st, 2nd, 11th, 12th Wessex Division Training Army Service Corps January–May 1916  
4/1st, 4/2nd, 4/3rd & 4/4th London Regiment January 1916; on September 1, 1916, the 1st Battalion absorbed the 2nd, and the 3rd Battalion absorbed the 4th, moving to Torquay in November.
3/11th London Regiment (Finsbury Rifles) January–autumn 1916  
Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbyshires) battalion January–March 1917  


Unit Dates Comment
3/7th London Regiment January–autumn 1915  
31st Division artillery August 1915 –January 1916  
13th Royal Warwickshire Regiment (became 33rd Training Reserve Battalion) March 1917  
37th Young Soldier Battalion became 53rd (Young Soldier) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment October 27, 1917, moving to Rollestone in January 1918.

Click on the link below to find a list of some of the men who were known to be in the Camps:

A list of British soldiers' names gleaned from various sources


Content last updated
25 November 2015

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