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  1. Mike Pettigrew says

    I believe that this film clip records the same event as was described in a contemporary report, ‘The Queen at Winchester’, to be found in a micro-film copy of the Hampshire Chronicle, which can be readily viewed in the Hampshire Record Office, in Winchester. Page 5 of the ‘Hampshire Chronicle’ newspaper, published 4th December, 1915, provides a comprehensive report of the Queen’s visit to Winchester on the 29th November, 1915. Usefully, the Hampshire Chronicle reports that the Queen inspected the troops at Crawley Down, ‘high ground to the north west of the city, lying alongside what is now a main road (currently designated the A272), but which in bygone times was the line of a Roman road.’ Crawley Down is immediately to the north east of the Hampshire village of Crawley and contemporary maps reveal that it was not then the wooded area that it has become today. The Hampshire Chronicle did not identify the actual battalions being inspected, probably for censorship reasons.…

  2. Mike Pettigrew says

    However, two ‘Welsh Dragon’ flags can be seen, in front of the saluting dais, in the Pathe film clip. A ‘Red Welsh Dragon’ was the insignia worn by members of the 38th (Welsh) Division, during WW1. This division had been assembled, during 1915, using various camps in the Winchester area. The Winchester camp closest to Crawley Down was Flower Down Camp, also on the north western outskirts of Winchester and other sources confirm that Welsh troops were located at Flower Down Camp during 1915. Interestingly, it was reported that an ‘Ambulance Corps’ was the last unit to pass the saluting point. It is known that Flower Down was constructed to accommodate a field ambulance unit, and that the ‘129th field ambulance’, part of the 38th (Welsh) Division, was based at Flower Down Camp in 1915. It is believed that the 38th (Welsh) Division started leaving the Winchester area during late November, 1915, and that their embarkation for France continued during December, which probably…

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