Blue plaque erected for Trowbridge Barracks

Wiltshire Times: President of the Historical Military Society Lt Gen Sir Roderick Cordy-Simpson at the unveiling of the Trowbridge Barracks blue plaque President of the Historical Military Society Lt Gen Sir Roderick Cordy-Simpson at the unveiling of the Trowbridge Barracks blue plaque

Memorial plaques have been unveiled at the former barracks in Frome Road, Trowbridge, recording the history of Trowbridge Barracks.

The ceremony at the DEFRA building in Frome Road, where the barracks once stood, was a joint project between Wiltshire Historical Military Society and Trowbridge Civic Society as part of the First World War centenary.

A castellated wall of the original Trowbridge Barracks remains at the site and president of the military society Lt Gen Sir Roderick Cordy-Simpson unveiled a plaque recording the long history of the barracks and the units based there.

The civic society also placed a blue plaque on the wall and another on a section of the wall in Bradley Road, which provide more information on the barracks’ history.

Trowbridge Mayor Glyn Bridges, who unveiled the blue plaques, said: “We discovered that the Wiltshire Historical Military Society was going to put a plaque up and it was a coincidence we also planned on something.

“Trowbridge Civic Society wanted to contribute to the commemoration of 100th anniversary of the First World War.

“Plaques raise awareness of something that many people would possibly walk past and not realise what it is.”

Following the unveiling last Thursday, 15-year-old cadet Lucia Bartholomew-Gilbert read a poem written by Edward Thomas while he was at the barracks.

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