Old Photos of Witham

Soldiers marching round the Collingwood Road corner in 1915

Taken: 11 April 1915, Ref: M813

Soldiers of the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War (information from Ian Hook, Essex Regiment Museum). Marching at the Collingwood Road corner in Newland Street.

The tall building behind them is 38 Newland Street (Glover Bros, motors and cycles). To its right are 1 Collingwood Road, 3 Collingwood Road, 5 Collingwood Road, 7 Collingwood Road, and 9 Collingwood Road (7 and 9 being Lockram Villas).

Written on the back of the original of this one (M813) is, ‘Witham Essex, April 11th 1915. Church parade of 1st. South Mid. Field Ambulance (2nd line) R.A.M.C. (F) Capt. Kimpton [or Kempton] & Staff Sgt. Hill, followed by C Section’.

I didn’t find a newspaper report about the parade, but see Essex County Chronicle, 2 April 1915, re. the visit of Lord Mayor of Birmingham to RAMC Midland Division in Witham, where his son was a lieutenant.

Another copy is M453. Probably the same occasion as photo M457.

RefM813
PhotographerW E Bull
Date taken11 April 1915
SourceMartyn Drake
Posted on Full size 4102 × 2617

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