Fundraising drive for £50,000 Winchester WWI memorial

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A £50,000 fundraising drive has started for a memorial to troops who stayed in camps near Winchester during World War I.

The To Honour a Promise project will tell the story of Morn Hill Camps, which was a major site for troops destined for the Western Front.

Volunteers hope to raise funds for a memorial in the city and information boards at the site by next year.

It will mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

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It was an enormous camp and it's a significant part of Winchester's history”

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Liberal Democrat Hampshire county councillor Jackie Porter is secretary of To Honour A Promise.

She said: "Winchester played an enormous part in the support of soldiers in the World War I.

"It was an enormous camp and it's a significant part of Winchester's history.

"It's a real credit to Winchester that they welcomed soldiers from all over the world and worked with them to support them."

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Stories and photographs of the camp are being sought.

Ms Porter added: "It's about building a memorial but also about interesting the public in the story."

The project was launched after research by Royal British Legion member and historian Tony Dowland revealed a promise was once made to put up a memorial at Winchester Cathedral for US soldiers - but it failed to materialise.

Donations so far include £3,000 from Winchester City Council, £6,000 from Hampshire County Council and funding from Kings' School in the city and the local Army Cadet Force.

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