Friday, November 11, 2011

Prees Heath Camp, Town Hut and Y.M.C.A., World War I

Prees Heath Camp
View of the Town Hut (Y.C.C.A. 3)

Refreshment Buffet
Billiards (Pool) and Shooting
Concert Hall

This real photo postcard is postmarked during World War 1 in 1915 with a Prees Heath Camp Postmark with a 1 penny 'Postage Revenue' stamp

The sender writes that he is here with the troops for the war work and that it is not very long before he will to go to France.  His old address will find him here.

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Prees Heath Army Camp opened in 1915 as a training base for the British Army, it had a capacity for 30,00 men for training in trench warfare. It additionally acted later as a store for supplies, with its own railway depot. As casualties mounted, it became a hospital with a fully fledged barracks.

After the war ended, the facilities were downgraded, with the British Government keeping ownership of the site for Army training purposes.
Great Britain Stamp 
King George V - Postage Revenue 
One 1 Penny

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