Vis­it­ing the troops, all in a day’s work for the King

The Cen­tre for Buck­ing­hamshire

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PEOPLE AND PLACES - CHRIS LOW,

BUCK­ING­HAMSHIRE’S con­tri­bu­tion to the war ef­fort dur­ing the First World War went beyond sup­ply­ing troops and food.

The county’s ge­o­graph­i­cal po­si­tion made it a good stag­ing post for reg­i­ments trav­el­ling from the north of the coun­try.

A num­ber of towns and vil­lages pro­vided homes for sol­diers while they trained or trav­elled to the front lines.

In this post­card, we see King George V re­view­ing troops bil­leted in Great Mis­senden in Novem­ber of 1914.

The visit was part of a full day of in­spec­tions the King un­der­took.

He had spent the morn­ing re­view­ing troops at Hal­ton and Amer­sham. The re­view was an in­for­mal one, the King pre­fer­ring to see for him­self how the troops were pre­par­ing for their de­ploy­ment.

De­spite this at­tempt at in­for­mal­ity, the visit still served a cer­e­mo­nial pur­pose, of which this shot is ev­i­dence. Pub­li­ca­tion as a post card al­lowed peo­ple to send the pho­to­graph to each other giv­ing it a much wider pub­lic au­di­ence. It was one way for the peo­ple to see their King’s in­volve­ment in the war ef­fort.

AR­CHIV­IST

County Hall, Walton Street, Ayles­bury HP20 1UU 01296 382587

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