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Sutton Mandeville Heritage Trust

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A hundred years ago, the rural parish of Sutton Mandeville hosted thousands of soldiers in camps either side of today’s A30. Between 1915 and 1918 several different units were based here, preparing soldiers for service on the Western Front.

There are few signs of these camps today, but soldiers from two regiments also left carvings of their cap badges cut into the downs: the 7th (City of London) Battalion of the London Regiment (known as the ‘Shiny Seventh’); and the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

After the First World War the two badges at Sutton Mandeville were periodically maintained for about 70 years. From the 1990s onwards they became quite overgrown and almost lost from sight. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and others we are finding out about the soldiers who once lived here, and working to ensure that the Sutton Badges take their place in the landscape once again.

Please support our work on the Sutton Badges and Camps by making a donation. Every sum helps to secure the memory of the soldiers who trained here in WWI. On your behalf, we will remember them.

The Sutton Down Badges and Camps project is being carried out by Sutton Mandeville Heritage Trust (SMHT), which became a registered charity in April 2014 (Registered Number 1156854).

Our charitable objects are:
  • To promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical, natural and historic environment of Sutton Mandeville and surrounding area; and
  • To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical, natural and historic environment.
For further information about SMHT, please get in touch via our web site at, where if you are interested in becoming a member please you can also visit our membership page.

Charity No: 1156854

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