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Alnwick Camp

   Alnwick Camp was situated on the pastures beneath Alnwick Castle, home to the Duke of Northumberland, across the River Aln from the castle. This area has been used for training camps by the military before the war, in late 1914 hutted camps were constructed to house men in training.

May 1915 3rd Tyneside Scottish at Alnwick  The 3rd Tyneside Scottish Battalion moved to Alnwick Camp in May 1915.

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Pte. Earl Eustace Light 3rd Btn. Kings Liverpool Regiment

My father, Earl Light, was born in Liverpool in 1896. He joined the Liverpool Regiment in 1914 in the 3rd Battalion and his number was 3/31924. We believe that the 3rd Battalion was a reserve battalion that never left the UK.

Sometime later he was in the Machine Gun Corps and his number was 3407. We don't know how or when he was transferred to the MGC, but as his service number was 3407, which was one of the earlier numbers of the MGC, we think he may have joined the MGC in late 1916 when the MGC was formed.

He was wounded twice and was sent to Alnwick Camp and is noted in the Liverpool Echo wounded list on 7th September 1917 and when fit again he was returned to the Front. It is thought that he was wounded in the 3rd Battle for Ypres between 30th July and 3rd August 1917.

He was discharged on 5th March 1919 with the report that he was fit and could be called up again if required. He died in February 1972

Pte.Earl Light on his1st Birthday. the photo has the message somewhere in France

Pte.Earl Light front right on stewards duty at Rugeley Camp

Philip Light


Pte. John W. Slater 14th Btn. York & Lancaster Regiment

My Grandmother's Father, John W Slater of D Company 14th Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment, Barnsley Pals (according to local press of the time) was at Northern Command Depot, Alnwick, Northhumberland. The local press article refers to him as Private 875 T W Slater (but it should be J W not T W).

He was apparently shot in the left arm whilst carrying another injured man (Jim Foster). My Grandmother told me that he also spent time in a hospital on Salisbury Plain.

The extract from the old local press after writing of the death of his Brother, Lce Cpl Edward Slater (Machine Gun Corps), goes on to say, his Brother Private 875 T W Slater (should be J.W Slater)D Co of the same Battalion was severely wounded in France in July and was forwarded to hospital (Birmingham) from Bologne on the 8th August and after being at various hospitals in England (of which he speaks in the highest praise) he is now at the Northern Command Depot, Alnwick, Northumberland pending medical examination, his left arm being useless.

M D R Scarfe

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Alnwick in the Great War: Stories from the Home Front in Alnwick and District

Ian Hall

Written at the request of the Alnwick and District Centenary Commemoration Group, this small book examines the effects of the First World War on the district. These include the implementation of little-known anti-invasion precautions, how people reacted in the first weeks of war, the army encampments around Alnwick and the threat of aerial bombardment from Zeppelins which led to the arrival of the Royal Flying Corps


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