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Welcome to the Swaythling Remount Depot research project.

At the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, the construction of the Swaythling Remount Depot was commenced at North Stoneham in Hampshire to supply horses and mules for war service. Swaythling was the largest of the four main remount depots in England, and processed some 400,000 animals. 25,000 servicemen also passed through the Depot before its closure in 1920. The aim of this project is to bring together an archive of the Depot in order to raise awareness and evoke a historical sense of the place during the centenary of the First World War. Please get in touch if you can help.
Harry Willis Fleming


View of South Camp with weather vane

Posted by HWF on February 8, 2013
Like the earlier 1915 photograph, this was taken looking east towards the distant buildings of Underwoods Farm in the portion of the Depot north of Bassett Green Road. Compared with the earlier view, the camp had been considerably prettified.

A framed photograph, 1919

Posted by HWF on February 8, 2013
This large framed photograph bears the following inscription on a brass plate: 'Presented by the Warrant Officers, Staff Sergeants, and Sergeants of the Remount Depot, Swaythling, May 1919.' Presumably it was presented to the man in the photograph on his retirement from the Depot after the war. But who was he? (With many thanks to Michael Farmer.)


A Hearty Greeting, Xmas 1918

Posted by HWF on February 3, 2012
Hearty Greeting from ASC Remount Depot Swaythling for Xmas 1918 and New Year 1919.


Albert Payne: I'm "Getting On" alright at Swaythling

Posted by HWF on January 24, 2012
To Miss L. Style, 2 Salcombe Road, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London LE. 2 February 1917.

Pte A Payne
No 3 Hut Overseas Squadron
Army Service Corps (Remounts)
Swaythling Camp nr Southampton

Dear Babs, just a card to let you know I am getting on alright. I have been here a fortnight and am likely to be here until after the war. Should be glad of a line from you if poss. Yours Bert.

Pass book of Walter John McInnes

Posted by HWF on January 20, 2012
Walter John McInnes joined up at Portsmouth on 11 August 1915 as a Private in the Army Service Corps, and was posted to Swaythling. On 5 June 1916 he received this Permanent Pass from "F" Squadron, and was married a few days later in Southampton. (With thanks to Ian Thirlwell.)

A view inside South Camp, 1915

Posted by HWF on January 15, 2012
This photograph was taken looking east towards the buildings of Underwoods Farm, and was in the portion of the camp north of Bassett Green Road. Accommodation at the South Camp comprised both iron hutments and canvas tents.

Silk postcards: Greetings from Swaythling

Posted by HWF on January 14, 2012
Silk postcards sent by Pte John Edward Elliff to his wife. (With many thanks to Martin Elliff.)


Group photograph

Posted by HWF on December 18, 2010
From the collection of William Alfred Sharpe, this photograph almost certainly shows a group at the Remount Depot.


"Life at Swaythling Camp - I don't think!"

Posted by HWF on December 18, 2010
(With thanks to Daphne Sharpe.)

Photograph of a winning team

Posted by HWF on December 18, 2010

"This took first prize at our Sports. Colonel Goad was the judge." - William Alfred Sharpe