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Offline kargil

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yeomanry in calne
« on: Wednesday 13 October 04 23:48 BST (UK) »
I am trying to trace the whereabouts of Barracks in Calne where, from 1860, my relative would have served with the Royal Yeomanry? His name was Troop Sergeant Major William Bentley and his previous service was with the 11th Hussars (fought in the Charge of the Light Brigade). I have loads of info on him but the Wiltshire Yeomanry deludes me completely! He retired from the Yeomanry in 1884. Any details please?
Stanley,Bentley,Zebedee in Calne,Chippenham or York

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Re: yeomanry in calne
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 26 October 04 20:11 BST (UK) »
Hello Kargil,

I am very sorry that I can not give you any direct advice because I have not been able to find much either.

The is a book however which may be of interest to you.


"Plain Soldiering"

N.D.G. James
Hobnob Press, Salisbury
73 Photographs
Published 1987
ISBN 0 946418 03 9

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From the initial purchase of thousands of acres of chalk farmland and sheep-pasture, this book is concerned with the prodigious energy expended in building up the military establishment on the Plain the building and rebuilding of roads, railways, barracks, gunnery ranges, accommodation, hospitals and leisure facilities. The book is equally concerned with the soldiers transients all and upward of a million of them for whom the Plain was a staging post before departing for whatever destiny had in store. Every conceivable source has been consulted in researching this book. The minutes of Government committees, barrack-books, newspapers, the memoirs of soldiers and residents have all been carefully sifted for relevant information. The role, which the area has played in aeronautical development, is recounted at some length. This book without a doubt is the bible of military history on Salisbury Plain.

The only other Barracks I found was the former Unitarian Chapel which was being used by the Salvation Army from 1899 to the Second World War.

Best of Luck

Sarah


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Re: yeomanry in calne
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 28 October 04 23:05 BST (UK) »
Thanks - I will look into this book
Stanley,Bentley,Zebedee in Calne,Chippenham or York


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Re: yeomanry in calne
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 17 December 19 19:01 GMT (UK) »
I have just completed a new illustrated history of the RWY (Primus in Armis) which will be published in hardback in 2020.
Do you have images of your relative as they are extremely rare at this time ?