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Hard to believe it now, but during the First World War the area around Fovant, Compton Chamberlayne and Sutton Mandeville
was the site of a large training and transit camp for soldiers on their way to or returning from the Western Front.
In addition to the barracks, there was a hospital, parade areas, shooting ranges and even a cinema.
From about 1916 the returning soldiers started carving their regimental badges into the chalk above Fovant as a memorial to those of their colleagues who did not return.
Eight of the badges have recently (2000-2003) been resorted,
and brief details of each badge are given on the plaque at the viewing point in the lay-by of the A30.
External Links and References
Official site of the Fovant Badges Society a charity dedicated to the upkeep of the badges. Lots of information on the history and restoration of the badges. https://www.fovantbadges.com/