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Sergeant W B Medlicott of the Public Schools Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, arrived at Jellalabad Barracks on August 2, 1915 and regularly visited Kympton, (a farm two miles away) and mentions trenches and defence works between there and Tidworth; these were the "Bedlam trenches". His diary (Imperial War Museum 87/56/1) gives details of route marches and firing. During bomb-throwing practice on October 18, a man lit a fuse and discarded the match into 15 lbs of powder. Three men of the 23rd Royal Fusiliers had their eyes damaged, and others suffered discoloured faces; two specialists from Harley Street came to Tidworth to attend to the former.
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Posted 15 August 2013 - 08:44 AM
I recently found a map in a war diary of some practice trenches reportedly in the area of Shipton Bellinger used by 33rd Division in October 1915. I tried for ages to relate them to the trenches mentioned in this thread without success. I've now located them to the east of the village in the area of Bedlam Wood though the plough has eradicated them. Google Earth gives an excellent comparison and some trenches survive in the woods.
Posted 10 September 2013 - 03:48 PM
The No Digging signs are because Richard got them included on the Important and Fragile Sites list of archaeology on the Plain, thus ensuring preservation.
I've moved from SPTA by the way but still living locally.
Posted 16 September 2013 - 06:38 PM
There are some "ghost" outlines of WW1 practice trenches at Whitburn Ranges (Whitburn, south Tyneside)
Google Earth Coordinates - 54 57' 11.41"N 1 21 42. 76" W
These remains will soon be lost due to the development of the now disused ranges into a housing estate.
Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:03 PM
If you are interested in visiting the trenches, I have worked with Richard Osgood to establish an Exercise with the local Brigade HQ to visit both the trench system near the Bustard and the trenches on Beacon Hill. With a short detour to see some of the Australian graves close by and time to eat a packed lunch!
We have made it a public event and you can book a place on Eventbrite (seacrh for WYVERN TRENCH). The next one is on teh 27th March and you woudl be welsome to come.
Drop me a note if you have any problems.
Posted 11 June 2015 - 10:41 AM
I have Mrs Medlicott's transcription of her husbands diaries and letters sat on my kitchen table, very kindly loaned to me by a friend. It covers the period Jul 17 - Jun 19 when he served in the Tank Corps (in Bovington throughout I believe).
Would her have been one of the Potterne Medlicotts, Moonraker ?
No, he was born in Swanmore in Hampshire in 1872, his father was the vicar there.
The tale ends sadly. He and a cousin went to Turkey in 1919 to work on a timber concession. They were both taken prisoner by turkish forces and Walter died in prison on 18 Sep 20.
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Posted 09 November 2015 - 06:25 PM
Anyone hold any Ngrs or rough directions to the trenches ? I'm a local and only just found out they existed ?
Many thanks in advance
They are roughly halfway between the edge of Bulford and Tidworth and are to the east of Tidworth/Bulford road, whilst the I think German trenches are to the west of the road.
Posted 09 November 2015 - 10:08 PM
Posted 09 November 2015 - 10:41 PM
It's MoD land, but covered by Training Area byelaws so you can enter as long as you don't interfere with any military activities. The more restrictive Bulford Range Byelaws only apply on the NW side of the Bulford-Tidworth road.
Drive up the gravel track opposite the entrance to the Moving Target Range (between C Range and D Range), then just short of the crest of the ridge, and before the track bends off to the right (SW), park up where there is a contouring track going off to the left (NE). Walk the track about 50 metres, and there you are.
(E&OE and IIRC ! It's a while since I have been up there !)
Posted 09 November 2015 - 10:47 PM