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Pease Pottage army camp (6 of 10)
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Pease Pottage army camp (6 of 10)

This photograph was taken at the army camp in Pease Pottage sometime during the Great War.
I note that at least half of the soldiers are carrying their swagger sticks as a sign of their authority.
The photograph has not been cropped in the usual way so as to show the two crosses against a couple of the men. On the reverse is written in the same hand “D. Ray”. I presume this is my aunt Dorothy Ray, later to be Mrs Palmer who lived on Pease Pottage Hill at the time What all this means we can only speculate!
I cannot recognise the cap badges, but perhaps somebody can.
Extraordinarily, only one soldier appears not to be smoking, being the fellow on the right. But he may have a cigarette in his right hand!
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Picture added on 13 May 2017 at 10:33
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Although the badge is fuzzy, I think it could belong to the Royal Sussex Regiment, with the Prince of Wales feather.
My father-in-law, Captain William Henry Alder, served in the Royal Sussex in both World Wars. He was a Cockney, born and bred, who finally came to live in Handcross with his family after serving worldwide.
My beloved husband was his eldest son.
Added by Mary Alder (née Tomsett) (France) on 30 May 2017
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