Pic­tures tell sto­ries of sol­diers’ war time ex­pe­ri­ences in Bath

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Sol­diers from The 12th Hamp­shire Reg­i­ment were bil­leted in Bath­wick for about two months from March to May 1915, af­ter which they moved on to Wilt­shire for fur­ther train­ing. While in Bath, they stayed in var­i­ous large pri­vate homes in Bath­wick Hill and the sur­round­ing area. Dur­ing this time, lo­cal Bath stu­dio pho­tog­ra­pher Ge­orge Love Daf­nis took nu­mer­ous pho­to­graphs of the men which are now in the Bath In Time on­line col­lec­tion https:// www.bathin­time.co.uk/ The pho­to­graphs give a good in­sight into what the men got up to while they were in Bath. A group sit on a bench half-way up Bath­wick Hill; they pose on the steps of the Pavil­ion; and the mess cooks have an im­promptu bar­be­cue un­der the rail­way arches. Other pic­tures are por­traits of in­di­vid­ual men, or small groups; these would have been printed as a post­card for send­ing home. Sol­diers passed through Bath on the way to and from train­ing camps through­out the war; they must have added en­ergy to Bath’s nightlife at the time. The Elec­tric The­atre in West­gate Street put on a spe­cial con­cert and cin­e­mato­graph show for the troops at Christ­mas 1914.

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