Hurdcott is a hamlet in the parish of Baverstock. There is also a Hurdcott located near Winterbourne Earls, Wiltshire.
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|Reward for Stolen Lamb 1825||Reward for Stolen Sheep 1836||Damaging a Hedge 1856|
|Stealing Apples 1856||Stealing a Rail 1837||Troublesome Prisoner 1872|
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War, Conflict and Military Matters
At the outbreak of World War I there became an urgent need to accommodate the increasing requirements for Military Training & Transit camps. Towards the end of 1914, John Combes, of East Farm at Fovant, was informed that part of his land was to be requisitioned for one such camp. Subsequently, land to the east and west of his farm was also commandeered and an area stretching from Compton Chamberlayne to Sutton Mandeville became one vast Military Camp. A single track railway connected the camps to the main line.
The camp located at Compton Chamberlayne became known as Hurdcott Camp as it was on land that was part of two farms - Hurdcott and Naish's. In March 1916, this section of the camp was taken over by the Australian Imperial Forces and became their No. 3 Command Depot.
Henri - Little French Orphan
Henri was a young French orphan who attached himself to a succession of different British Regiments before finding himself with the 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps on Christmas Day, 1918. Henri was smuggled into England via a bag marked Oats & was adopted by the squadron as their mascot & became known as "Digger". Air Mechanic Tim Tovell took on the role of guardian & when the Squadron was being demobilised back to Australia, Henri was again hidden & arrived in Australia with his guardian in 1919. Henri stayed with Tovell in Queensland & later moved to Melbourne so he could become a mechanic with the Royal Australian Air Force. Henri was killed in a road accident in 1928 at the age of 21. Henri - The French Orphan