Visiting the troops, all in a day’s work for the King
The Centre for Buckinghamshire
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.
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