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Exercises in Bemerton

by Bemerton Local History Society

Contributed by 
Bemerton Local History Society
People in story: 
Arthur Feltham
Location of story: 
Bemerton, Salisbury
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A4026944
Contributed on: 
08 May 2005

There were mock battles all round Salisbury to keep everyone on their toes. On one occasion the local Home Guard was defending Bemerton against the “Germans” who were really the Dorset Regiment. There was a Bren gun placement at the base of St. Andrew`s church tower. The Dorset Regiment marched quietly down Church Lane and through the swing gates at the bottom and took the Bemerton Home Guard completely by surprise; they thought the “enemy” was coming from Quidhampton and they were very peeved at being captured.
On another occasion the exercise was to cope with the aftermath of a bombing; I was in a house in Skew Bridge Road and was to be a casualty - I got moved to the Red House.
The Barn was Southern Command`s motor transport HQ.

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