Depot the Queen’s Division

The Depot at Basingborne was a far cry from the various Depots that preceded it and vastly different from Blenheim Camp. As a former RAF Station owning a bicycle was a considered an advantage and although not very ‘soldier like’ gave a slight edge to the less fit.

The abundance of hangers made drill in the rain a thing of the past and the same could be said for a large percentage of other physical activities when the need arose.

On the down side there was only one pub within staggering distance and there was also an increase in different cap badges and associated traditions. The balance of power could swing dramatically, dependent on who occupied the key positions, what may have been acceptable in one Regiment could be bad form in another. Characters could be frowned upon outside their own comfort zones and humour in a multi-cap badge organisation does not always go down well.

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