2nd Border Regiment, Bordon 1911 (forum archive)
|Posted by plbramham » Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:45 pm|
|I’ve often seen “Bordon” mentioned in WW1 and early 20th century documents (e.g. the 2nd Btn were at Martinique barracks, Bordon on the 1911 census) and I wondered where it was?
Wikipedia have a very good site for the barracks, beginning:
“Bordon and Longmoor Military Camps are British Army training camps and training area on the A3 road between Liss and Liphook in Hampshire, England. The main street of the camp is built on an ancient Roman road, the Chichester to Silchester Way, while the village of Greatham lies to the south.”
To quote the Hampshire County Council’s website:
“The area around Bordon and Longmoor had been purchased by the War Department and used for training since the mid 1880s. The first camp, for a brigade of infantry, was built at Longmoor while artillery barracks were constructed at Bordon. However, because of complaints about the marshy state of the ground at Longmoor and its unhealthy effect on the troops, the War Office decided to move the infantry to Bordon. The Royal Engineers constructed two parallel light railway tracks, 22 feet apart, from Longmoor to Bordon; the huts were lifted complete onto trolleys and hauled by teams of horses to their new site. Between 1903 and 1906 sixty-eight huts were thus removed.”
Martinique barracks, named after the capture of the island of Martinique 2 to 10 February 1809, were constructed in the years 1903-05 and housed one infantry division. In 1971 Martinique House, formerly the home of the Officer Commanding was converted into a Community Centre.
Some other useful web pages about Bordon:
|Posted by mrdeacon » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:22 pm|
|Some excellent links there Paul cheers. Good to see what Bordon looks like instead of just reading the names on the 1911 census.