Littlemoor in the First World War

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One hundred years ago Littlemoor, a peaceful, uninhabited open road leading from Broadwey to Preston was suddenly busy with a great development by the War Office. Large huts were being erected for the accommodation of Lord Kitchener’s latest recruits. At some point after this the newly built camp became a hospital for injured Australian troops and so began a relationship between the people of Weymouth and our Commonwealth soldiers.
Part of this fascinating story is now on display at the library thanks to Pam Burfoot and Wally Dennis who have put together an exhibit of family mementoes.
On show are rare and fascinating press cuttings covering both the arrival and departure of the many huts used to house the troops and a selection of postcards sent to and from soldiers serving on the western front. (The artwork and embroidery on some of the postcards are worth going along to see.)
As a piece of Littlemoor history the exhibit is extremely interesting and you can almost sense the presence of those ancestors who went through “the war to end all wars”. As a piece of personal family history it’s priceless and I’d like to thank Pam and Wally for sharing them with us.
The display will be on view until the end of August.


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