WW1 UK postcard Royal Garrison Artillery gunner Morn Hill Winchester

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Nice studio photo of gunner James P. Cassidy (Service #215832) of the Royal Garrison Artillery. Photo by Adolphe Rapp.

Written on back:

To Archie from Jim with best luck
Gr Jas Cassidy
W Batt (H.B.)  R.G.A.
Hut K 20
Morn Hill Camp

(W Battery - Heavy Battery)

Printed on back: 'Extra copies can be obtained at A. Rapp 159 High Street Winchester'

Creases at bottom. Back is dirty.

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the card for sale)


Morn Hill Troop Transit Camps

During WW1 soldiers disembarked from the trains at Chesil Station Winchester and marched up St Giles Hill along the old Roman road. They arrived at large Army Camps on Winnall Down and Morn Hill. The role of Morn Hill was as a transit base for troops moving to France and Belgium through the port of Southampton.

Most stayed for only a few days before moving on. When a division was fully assembled it was transported from Winchester ,by train, to Southampton, and then most likely to the Front line in France.

The Morn Hill Camp was one of the largest military transit camps of the First World War and was the temporary home of thousands of men on the way to the Western front. Around 2 million soldiers are thought that passed through Winchester during the war. The camp was situated on the downs each sides of the Alresford Road. It probably housed some 50,000 men at the time, more than double the entire population of Winchester at the time.