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Royal Engineers training depot at Aldershot

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A number of men I am researching enlisted in early April 1915 and all went initially to the RE depot at Aldershot. There is no pattern to their onward postings, which took place during the autumn. Is anyone able to tell me more about the depot - where was it, scale of it, what was done there, etc?

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Chris

Using an old favourite of mine http://www.old-maps.co.uk/indexmappage2.aspx enter co-ordinates 486500 152100 and you should get the RE Establishment and RE Barracks, Stanhope Lines on maps 1874 - 1934 (use the 1:10,560 version to allow zooming). I've read elsewhere that the Basingstoke Canal to the north was used by the RE for practising bridge building etc (IIRC there's some footage of the same included on the British Pathe Archive site)

NigelS

Edit: I found the Pathe footage again http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=78898 it doesn't say the men are RE, just 'recruits'. The bridge shown (Queen's Avenue Bridge) is here http://www.multimap.com/s/AW5O7OfI on a modern map (pretty much central where the orange road (Queen's Avenue!) crosses the canal) This also shows where the depot and barracks were when compared with the older maps. The whole area immediately alongside the canal is currently being re-developed (the buildings that have been cleared weren't the originals, but dated back to 50/60s) Aldershot Military Cemetery can be found in the bottom right hand corner to the right of 'Peaked Hill'

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Thank you, all. Very helpful.

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Training establishment at Cove, Farnborough but not sure how long it had been RE.

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Chris

Nigel is right with the Stanhope Lines site - this is where the RE barracks were situated, on the site of what is now Browning Barracks that was the Parachute Regt depot from the 1960's rebuild of the barrack area. I don't know how the RE's coped with the expansion in '14-18 but the site in Stanhope Lines was not very large by wartime camp standards - it was bounded on the east by Queens Avenue and the west by Farnborough Road (now the A325) and to the north by the Basingstoke Canal. The Cove, Farnborough, site, Southwood Camp, wasn't built until the late 1930's.

Mike

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It was Gibraltar Barracks, in the location described above and originally it accommodated the Balloon School. During WW1 it was the Mounted Training Depot which trained and provided the whole of the mounted personnel (except the Signal Service) required for reinforcements and for the formation of New Army units, excluding the TF.

TR

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The Training Depot for the RE was always at Chatham, Kent. What we would call phase 2 Depot for Field Units was in Aldershot it move there in 1885, the Railway Depot was at Liss,Longmore.

Jan 1914 RE units at Aldershot;

1st Field Troop.

1st Bridging Train.

1st Signal Sqn.

1st Signal Troop.

1st Signal Company.

2nd ------II----------.

A Signal Coy.

E Signal Coy.

5th Field Coy.

11th Field Coy.

23rd Field Coy.

Training Depot for Field Units (7 Off, 1WO,14Sgt,337R/F).

Schools of Signalling and Bulford.

Aug 1914. same as above.

Dec 1914.

Most units were with the Exped Force.

Reserve Signal Coy.

Training Depot for Field Units.

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I am researching my Grandfather's unit, 2nd Signal Company, and am interested in the info you posted about Aldershot. Can you tell me where you obtained it?

Regards, Simon

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