Aldershot Hampshire British Army gymnasium antique print


Aldershot Hampshire British Army gymnasium. images of soldiers fencing, boxing, climbing and on the wooden horse. Original antique print from the Illustrated London News, published 1868. Nice clean print. Approx. size of paper 16×10.5 inches. Price shown is ex VAT

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Aldershot Hampshire British Army gymnasium antique print. Established in 1854, Aldershot has long been seen as the home of the British Army. The garrison was established when the War Department bought a large area of land near to the village of Aldershot, with the objective of establishing a permanent training camp for the army. It was originally only envisaged to set up a tented camp for summer use; however, following the outbreak of the Crimean War, it was necessary to accommodate a large number of troops, over a longer period of time and so two hutted camps, one north and one south of the Basingstoke Canal, were constructed. Between 1854 and 1859, around 1,200 wooden huts were constructed by a local civilian contractor, at a cost of £100,263. Over time, this camp grew into a military town and continues to be used by the Army to the present day. After the Crimean War, a division of regular troops was permanently based at Aldershot, and ‘the Division at Aldershot’ (including artillery at Christchurch, Hampshire, and cavalry at Hounslow, Middlesex) became one of the most important home commands of the British Army. In January 1876 a Mobilization Scheme for the forces in Great Britain and Ireland was published, with the Active Army divided into eight army corps based on the major Commands and Districts. The 2nd Corps was headquartered at Aldershot. This scheme disappeared in 1881, when the districts were retitled ‘District Commands’, with Aldershot usually listed as IX or X. In 1898, (when Queen Victoria’s son, the Duke of Connaught, was General Officer Commanding) Aldershot Command was ranked I on the list. From 1901 to 1908 Aldershot Command was given the additional title of I Army Corps. The garrison subsequently became seen as home to the British Army

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