Duke of Gloucester to unveil memorial to two million US troops who passed through Morn Hill Camp

The Duke of Gloucester

The Duke of Gloucester

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A ROYAL visitor to Winchester tomorrow will help the city keep a promise made nearly 100 years ago.

The Duke of Gloucester will unveil a memorial honouring the two million US troops who passed through Morn Hill Camp between 1914 and 1919.

The unveiling will form part of Winchester’s annual tri-service ceremony, which aims to raise public awareness of the military.

Celebrations will begin at 11.30am when the Band & Bugles of the Rifles will play a selection of military music at the Buttercross in the High Street. The band will then march down the High Street to join a contingent of service personnel drawn from the navy, the RAF and the army.

At the Great Hall the Armed Forces Flag will be presented to the Duke, who will unveil the memorial shortly afterwards.

County council leader Roy Perry said: “There are 30,000 military personnel based in Hampshire, the largest contingent in the country, and we are immensely proud of our strong connection with the armed forces.

"This year’s ceremony holds special significance as we mark the centenary of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of D-Day.”

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2:39pm Sun 22 Jun 14

sue1956 says...

Never heard of him
Never heard of him sue1956
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5:57pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Saintly Sam says...

sue1956 wrote:
Never heard of him
He's probably never heard of you, but does not go round telling folks about it.
[quote][p][bold]sue1956[/bold] wrote: Never heard of him[/p][/quote]He's probably never heard of you, but does not go round telling folks about it. Saintly Sam
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4:47am Mon 23 Jun 14

skeptik says...

Good - also the transit camp (along with many others in the region) for Canadian units ------------in browser ' Canadian Great War Project' - war diaries, orders, photographs and nominal rolls of these camps.
Good - also the transit camp (along with many others in the region) for Canadian units ------------in browser ' Canadian Great War Project' - war diaries, orders, photographs and nominal rolls of these camps. skeptik
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7:01am Mon 23 Jun 14

sue1956 says...

Saintly Sam wrote:
sue1956 wrote:
Never heard of him
He's probably never heard of you, but does not go round telling folks about it.
HA HA
[quote][p][bold]Saintly Sam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sue1956[/bold] wrote: Never heard of him[/p][/quote]He's probably never heard of you, but does not go round telling folks about it.[/p][/quote]HA HA sue1956
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7:03am Mon 23 Jun 14

skeptik says...

Many camps around the region -Hazeley Down -Twyford - monument, this was once a royal favourite race course. Hursley and Sarum road area. Upon a time when driving past Shawford a cross could be seen which was erected on the route marching troops took to the docks at Southampton. Rolleston and many more in Wiltshire used by many colonial and dominion troops.
Many camps around the region -Hazeley Down -Twyford - monument, this was once a royal favourite race course. Hursley and Sarum road area. Upon a time when driving past Shawford a cross could be seen which was erected on the route marching troops took to the docks at Southampton. Rolleston and many more in Wiltshire used by many colonial and dominion troops. skeptik
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