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When war broke out in 1914, Britain's army was relativley small, consisting of professional soldiers, may of whom were stationed at garrisons across the Empire, and the territorials, highly trained but part time soldiers. Lord Kitechener, the Minister for War, recognised that the enemy would not be swiftly defeated and he launched a much opposed campaign to recruit volunteers to join his new army. These men would not be signed up on Monday and be thrown onto the battlefield by Friday, but would undergo a intense six month training programme, very similar to today's army training. To faciliate this plan, training camps sprang up all across Britain.

As the British Expeditionary Force, made up of profesional soldiers set out to meet the enemy, the Territorial's were called up for full time duty and gathered in various camps to hone their skills before deployment. Whilst some territorials would volunteer for 'Imperial Service' to go to the front or man the garrisons of the Empire, other's would remain on home soil, their experience put to good use guarding the coasts and infrastructure of Britain and passing on their skills to new recruits. New battalions of the Territorial Army were formed in accition to the Battalions of the Kitchener's New Armies and the ranks of the Artillery, RAMC and other Corps would also be swelled to meet the demands of war.





Camps in Britain





Camps Overseas



  • 1st Anzac Camp
  • 4th Australian Division Base Camp
  • Aldershot Camp
  • Baboon Camp
  • Bendigo Camp
  • Bleville Camp
  • Boesinghe Camp
  • Bois Celestin Camp
  • Bruyeres Camp
  • Camp 59 Mourcourt
  • Canada Huts
  • Caribou Camp
  • Clifford Camp
  • Clydesdale Camp
  • Currahh Camp
  • Dirty Bucket Camp
  • Erie Camp
  • J Camp
  • Micmac Camp
  • Moustapha Pasha Camp, Alexandria
  • Mustapha Camp
  • Oost Camp
  • Patiala Camp
  • Piddington Camp
  • Red Lodge Camp
  • Seddon Camp
  • St Lawrence Camp
  • St Martins Camp
  • Tay Camp
  • Toronto Camp
  • Trones Wood Camp
  • Wheal Camp

















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