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Back in Time: Volunteers pass through town on way to war – many will not have returned

Volunteers march towards Halton in Aylesbury High Street in 1915

Volunteers march towards Halton in Aylesbury High Street in 1915

  • by Karl Vaughan
 

This photograph shows volunteers marching down the High Street on their way to Halton Camp in the summer of 1915.

It comes from a postcard that was sent by Frank Moore to his father in High Wycombe.

Frank tells him he is one of the four buglers at the front of the group. Every time I see an image like this I wonder how many of them survived those awful years.

In the coming months we will be reminded of it all as the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War will be in July.

The photograph was taken from one of the houses next to Dayla’s former depot (then known as North & Randall).

Opposite is the LNWR station that connected Aylesbury with Cheddington and the north, as well as London. The large structure behind the station building on the right is one of the gasometers of the town’s gas works that were located off Railway Street.

All of this has long since disappeared and now Vale Park Drive occupies the site.

 

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