Break-up of Biscot Camp

Biscot Camp map

[Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: December 2nd, 1919]

The Midland Railway troop siding was the scene of considerable activity on Sunday morning, when men, guns and stores belonging to Biscot Camp embarked for Shorncliffe [Kent].

Three special trains were run, and the loading of the first of these commenced at 7am. Guns and baggage were brought down in readiness on Saturday, and the loading party speedily got them into position on the trucks.

There were only about 200 men left at Biscot Camp, and, with exception of a small rear party, they have all departed for Shorncliffe.

 

Announcing the departure in its edition on November 29th, the Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph said the camp first came into existence as a training school for the London Territorial Artillery, and later many Luton men, after joining the Royal Field Artillery, went through their training at this camp, within a stone's throw of their homes.

For a long period it was the centre of very strenuous activity, and developed into the depot of reserve brigades for the Field Artillery, from which large drafts of reinforcements were sent out to the batteries in the field.

Since the Armistice there had been a natural slackening of the activities of the camp, and the number of men had steadily gone down to somewhere about 200.

“With the departure of the artillerymen will end what has been one very important place of war's activities in Luton. Many of the men who at one time or another passed through that camp have made lasting friends in Luton, and some of them on finishing their Army service have come back to settle in the town.

“The camp in several ways added to the gaiety of the town when the days were none too sunny, and Luton people in turn have on many occasions done their share in contributing to the entertainment of the men at the camp, either in the YMCA within the camp quarters, or in the centres which at various times have been in operation in the town.”