Before the Great War soldiers of the territorial army met up once a year for two weeks to hold a camp where they trained as cohesive units and undertook training they could not hold back in their drill halls. These camps were always popular events, acting as a defacto holiday for the poorer members of the TA and being a chance for social activities alongside the more serious training. It is no suprise then that photographs of comrades were popular souvenirs and today we have a great postcard of a group of medics from 1910:
The photograph was taken at Bordon camp and it is clear that all the men are medics from the red cross badges they wear on their sleeves:
Note also the small ‘T’ at the top of the brass shoulder title on the man at the far left. One of the men standing also carries a bugle, still an important method of transmitting orders on a battlefield at ths time:
Note also the metal dixie resting at the man’s feet, which appears to have had its lid inverted and tin mugs placed inside.
Interestingly, one of the medics appears to be carrying a sword:
This card was sent by one of the men in the image, posted from London on August 15th 1910:
Bordon Camp was located in Hampshire, within easy reach of the territorial units in London and this card was posted upon the soldier’s return to the capital. He seems to have enjoyed himself as he describes it as ‘a jolly time’!