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Royal Engineers (R.E.)

During the war Haynes Park was used for training R.E., mainly Signals. There was a constant turnover of units moving on to other locations or the front and new units arriving for training. A lot of the sappers were billeted in the village, up to two hundred at a time. They proved popular in the village and ran frequent dances and entertainments as well as football matches.

This is information gleaned from the 'Ampthill News' for the period of the war. Click title to expand an item.



Saturday, January 23, 1915

Royal Engineers (R.E.) billeted in Clophill

Saturday, February 6, 1915

More Royal Engineers arrive

Saturday, February 13, 1915

Locals play the R.E.s at football (and lose) but the R.E.s organise a concert

Saturday, February 20, 1915

The R.E.s march to Church

Saturday, February 27, 1915

R.E.s leave for the front

Saturday, March 6, 1915

Soldiers inoculated

Saturday, March 20, 1915

The R.E.s march to Church

Saturday, March 27, 1915

The R.E.s march to Church

Saturday, April 3, 1915

The R.E.s put on another concert

Saturday, April 10, 1915

A dance, a football match and church attendance

Saturday, April 17, 1915

The R.E.s accompanied by band attend Church

Saturday, April 24, 1915

Two sections of the R.E. play football match

Saturday, May 1, 1915

More football, some R.E.s move out of billet and good conduct

Saturday, July 10, 1915

200 R.E.s leave billets for active service and a quick wedding

Saturday July 24 1915

Wesleyan service for R.E.s

Saturday, September 4, 1915

More R.E.s arrive

Saturday September 18, 1915

Clophill R.E.s beat Haynes R.E.s

Saturday September 25 1915

Local R.E.s move on and little boy is injured

Saturday, October 30, 1915

R.E.s v the Monmouthshires

Saturday, November 13, 1915

More R.E.s depart

Saturday, November 20, 1915

5th Section leave replaced by another contingent

Saturday , December 18, 1915

Reading Room wired to Haynes Park

Saturday, January 1, 1916

Christmas delicacies

Saturday, February 5, 1916

Another R.E. dance

Saturday, February 12, 1916

R.E.s change again and another dance

Saturday, February 19, 1916

Another dance and an entertainment

Saturday, February 26, 1916

Signalling Company arrived

Saturday, March 4, 1916

Dance held despite the weather

Saturday, March 18, 1916

Sappers move on

Saturday, June 3, 1916

R.E.s camp in field

Saturday, June 24, 1916

Campers attend church

Saturday, July 15, 1916

Welsh replace campers

Saturday, November 11, 1916

Concert and dance

Saturday, December 2, 1916

The "Summits" are popular

Saturday, December 9, 1916

Another entertainment and dance