Bulford Camp

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Bulford Camp
Bulford
Garrison Church of St. George, Bulford Camp - geograph.org.uk - 485329.jpg
Garrison Church of St. George, Bulford Camp
Bulford Camp is located in Wiltshire
Bulford Camp
Bulford Camp
Location within Wiltshire
Coordinates 51°12′54″N 9°12′03″W / 51.21500°N 9.20083°W / 51.21500; -9.20083Coordinates: 51°12′54″N 9°12′03″W / 51.21500°N 9.20083°W / 51.21500; -9.20083
Type Military Base
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator  British Army
Site history
Built 1897
Built for War Office
In use 1897-Present

Bulford Camp is a military camp on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England.[1]

History[edit]

The camp was built as a mixture of tents and huts in 1897.[2] The section called Sling Camp was occupied by New Zealand soldiers of the Australia New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during the First World War. The ANZACs left their mark by creating the Bulford Kiwi, a large mural on the hillside.[3]

At the end of the First World War, the camp was the site of the Battle of Bulford, when the ANZAC troops staged a brief mutiny.[4][5] Permanent barracks were built during the inter-war years: the current names were applied in 1931.[6]

The modern day Bulford Camp is two camps separated by Marlborough Road. The camp on the eastern side contains Picton Barracks which since 1992 has housed the headquarters of 3rd (UK) Division and its Signals Regiment.[7] Kiwi Barracks, where many of the streets are named after New Zealand towns, houses the 4th Battalion The Rifles as well as 3rd Regiment Royal Military Police.[8]

The camp on the western side contains Ward Barracks which houses the headquarters of 12th Armoured Infantry Brigade.[9] The Headquarters of the Special Investigation Branch of the Royal Military Police is housed at Campion Lines which is also on the western side.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Forces Bulford Website Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Bulford Camp Then and Now". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Facelift for the Bulford Kiwi" (PDF). Drumbeat. July 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Merely For the Record": The Memoirs of Donald Christopher Smith 1894-1980. By Donald Christopher Smith. Edited by John William Cox, Jr. Bermuda. (A Bermudian officer (1914 Rhodes Scholar for Bermuda, later a prominent lawyer, and a Member of the Colonial Parliament (MCP) of Bermuda for twenty years) serving in the Royal Field Artillery, Lieutenant Smith's unit, among others, was sent with small arms to surround Bulford Camp for two days, after which the mutiny fizzled out).
  5. ^ The Rhodes Trust. Register Of Bermuda Rhodes Scholars: 1914 - Smith, Donald Christopher (his brother, Sir Allan Chalmers Smith, was the 1912 Rhodes Scholar. 1913 Rhodes Scholar, Major Charles G.G. Gilbert, MC, was their cousin, and his son was Major-General Glyn Gilbert)
  6. ^ "Bulford". Wiltshire Community History. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "3 Regiment". British Army units 1945 on. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "3rd Regiment Royal Military Police" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "12th Armoured Infantry Brigade". Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Royal Military Police Special Investigation Branch" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 

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