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Jim Fuller from Amesbury wrote on June 8, 2024 at 7:49 pm
I have a handwritten letter dated 16 Feb 1975, sent to my dad from Queensland, Australia, by a Mr. V. W. Groves (then aged 70). In one paragraph Mr Groves writes:
"I was at Sutton Veny in 1943, my Aust. cousin, an American cousin, & self all second cousins met at the U.S. Camp. The first meeting between the families since they left Dorset in 1860!"
Vicki Howard from Paraparaumu, New Zealand wrote on November 3, 2023 at 3:29 am
My grandfather was in Sutton Veny twice during WW1 for treatment. He eventually arrived back in Sydney in 1920 and was in hospital near there for another year. I hope to be in Sutton Veny for the 2024 Anzac day commemerations so please advise me the details.
Bob Deacon from Keynsham wrote on August 19, 2023 at 9:23 am
Not heard of Sutton Veny and its wartime role until I recently came across a poem printed on a postcard written by Pte .Whiting. It is headed Sutton Veny and what We think of it.Lines include …..rats big as cats, never rest,…..There is hardly a girl in the place…..And remember ‘Sutton Veny -on- mud.’.
It might be well known but it opened up an area of history I was unaware of.
terry Clarke from Brooklyn Park wrote on February 19, 2023 at 7:55 am
My Grandfather was wounded twice in the Western Front between 1916 and 1918 and was cared for at the Sutton Veny Hospital on three occasions. many thanks to the people of this village for their support of the soldiers. He survived but with ongoing trauma until he died in 1952.
Michael Shawn Smith from Woodpark, Sydney, NSW, Australia wrote on February 5, 2023 at 6:32 am
My great grandfathers brother, Gunner Michael Edward Cusack was stationed in Sutton Veny in World War One. He survived the horrors of the Western Front and the flu epidemic of 1918-1919. He returned to Australia in 1920.
He re-enlisted and served in the Pacific in World War Two.
To everyone in Sutton Veny thank you so much for honouring the men and women of Australia who are buried in your village so far from home.
Carey Batchelor from Gold Coast, Australia wrote on January 28, 2023 at 7:14 am
RIP Private Albury Fullerton Jones, 26/2nd Battalion, AIF. Died 2 March 1918. Buried Sutton Veny Churchyard.
Extract from Service record re burial:
"The full band of the 1st Training Battalion preceded the procession to the churchyard. The firing party, 12 in number, were from the comrades of the deceased soldier and a number of person friends marched to the graveside. Full burial honours were paid to the deceased soldier and a number of beautiful wreaths presented by comrades were placed on the grave. The deceased was very popular with his comrades and officers, and his loss keenly felt by officers and men alike."
Jeffrey Carson from Neukirchen wrote on November 21, 2022 at 2:22 pm
On historic Google Earth there appears to be a large hutted camp at Sand Hill to the west of the Second World War U.S.Army barracks.Was this the ammunition depot for the Americans?
Sharon Bishop from Canberra Australia wrote on May 20, 2022 at 9:57 pm
We had heard about the Australian Service personnel who are buried in the Sutton Veny Commonwealth War Graves. We wanted in our own way to let them know they were not forgotten and to pay our respects when we were next in England. Today, we visited the cemetery to do so. Thank you so much to those that continue to honour their memories and for thinking of them on ANZAC Day .
Steve Mackenzie from Rotherham wrote on March 12, 2022 at 1:27 pm
Hello. I am trying to trace my family tree but have hit a (big) snag on my paternal side - namely my grandfather. From records found (only 3!!!) I know he was a soldier, and married my grandmother, in 1915 at Sutton Veny. Unfortunately I do not know what regiment. Is there a local historian of military, or church, matters who may be able to help me? My email address can be given by the site admin. I am able to visit and assist anyway I can. Thank you in advance.
Harvey Crowden from Sydney wrote on November 11, 2021 at 5:26 am
We visited the Church and village on Anzac Day 2019. The CWGC staff were present at the Church, continuing their maintenance -and a great job they do too.
In 1918 and 1919 some of the Australian soldiers and nurses (who had survived the war ) died of the flu pandemic and are buried at Sutton Veny. And now, in 2021, we too, know about pandemic.
It was sobering to read about a Deloraine (Tasmania ) boy who lies there in Sutton Veny.
Herbert Bakes of Deloraine, joined the army in 1918, knowing full well the death tolls. There must be a story there. He was sent for training to fight on on the Western Front, arrived in England but died due to the flu’ and now lies in a green yard that looks a lot like the church yards of his original home town on the other side of the world.
What a wonderful job the people of Sutton Veny do in keeping this place in a great condition and especially with the history so beautifully kept.
written Remembrance day 2021.
ROGER HALSE from CHIPPENHAM wrote on January 29, 2021 at 3:57 pm
My Grandfather was employed as a carpenter in the building of OHMS. SUTTON VENY CAMP. FEB. 1915. I have three photographic postcards showing the building of the camp and would like to find out more. I have looked at the village website and was very impressed on the gallery of WW1 camp photopgraphs.
Laurel Bramble from Maryborough Queensland wrote on August 17, 2020 at 3:36 am
My grandfather Arthur Rodney Kimmins was in the 25th Battalion AIF and was shot in the head at Villers Brettoneux on 17 July 1918. He was repatriated to Bath military hospital and was then posted to Sutton Veny. He went AWOL from Sutton Veny for four days which cost him 8 days pay. He returned to Australia soon after. He died in 1963 (?) as a result of ongoing issues from the GSW. My husband was born in the UK and we have visited three times but I have only recently obtained all of this information on my grandfather. I will definitely visit Sutton Veny on our next visit to the UK. Thank you for remembering our Anzacs and commemorating their service.
Peter Stammers from Sunshine Coast wrote on April 10, 2020 at 10:55 pm
As a former Australian Army serviceman who has formally participated in the Sutton Veny ANZAC Day services (1985 & 1986) and subsequently attended as a visitor, I would like to sincerely thank the wonderful, caring and dedicated folk from Sutton Veny who keep this worthwhile tradition alive.

Believe me, your efforts are very much appreciated.
Hilary Tolputt from Folkestone wrote on November 8, 2018 at 6:49 pm

Please see the above website for A.E.Horton His Life and Autographs. Ernie Horton was a private in the 2nd Home Counties Field Ambulance and was a nursing orderly at the prisoner of war hospital in Sutton Veny in 1916. He kept an autograph album with beautiful entries by the German prisoners of war. He originally came from Folkestone and his album was sent back to his home town by his family in Canada where he emigrated after the war. The Folkestone Local History Society has scanned the album which is an ebook on the website. Please enjoy. It will be of particular interest to any Germans researching their family history.
Kim Jorgensen from Brisbane, Australia wrote on September 20, 2018 at 5:11 am
I am visiting at the end of Oct 2018 just before the 100th anniversary of the death of my Great Uncle Thomas Frederick Morris who died at the camp on 4th November 1918. Looking forward to seeing the graveyard that I have heard so much about and also perhaps the school that has such an association with the Aussies of the First World War.
Royce TRANTER from Lithgow NSW wrote on June 15, 2018 at 9:24 am
Hobby, military researcher. ex Royal Engineers 34 Field Sqn 37th AER 1952
Excellent site thank you keep it up.
Bruce Talbot from Lake Macquarie New South Wales wrote on May 19, 2018 at 7:56 am
Pvt. James Maxwell Robinson 1st. AIF was in hospital here June 1919.
Have (group) photo if anyone knows how to attach.
J.M. Robinson was my maternal Grandfather.
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Peter Campion from Coburg wrote on May 4, 2018 at 10:25 am
Very informative website. Looking forward to visiting . Lest We Forget.
Christopher Edwards from Goes, Zeeland, The Netherlands. wrote on November 5, 2017 at 6:27 pm
You live in a beautiful part of England. Over 165 years ago some of my relatives lived there too.

On Sunday, 30th March 1851, at the time of the 1851 census, relatives on my mother’s side were living in Sutton Veny. No other address is given. The head of the family was Thomas Rowe, aged 44, who was a coachman and had been born in Rainham, Essex. His wife aged 50 was Mary Rowe, who worked as a laundress. She was originally from Warminster. At that time the family had 4 children: Sophia (12), Mary Ann (11), Louise (8) and John (5), all of whom were attending school. By the time of the 1861 census the family had moved to Long Street in Devizes.

I would be most grateful if anyone was able to let me know where they had lived in your village and where the school was that the children might have attended.

Congratulations on your website.
Karyn McGree Prior from Adelaide South Australia wrote on June 15, 2017 at 1:32 am
My grandfather convalesced in this lovely place after being wounded in WWI. He was there in August 1918. He was quite a character I understand and during this time he was AWOL when he discovered the pub! Such an Aussie. I hope to visit Sutton Veny this year. Thank you for this great page.