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Arborfield Garrison in Wokingham dates back to 1911
Arborfield Barracks - a man tests waterproofing on vehicles
From Olympic Gold Medal winners to the IRA, a history of Arborfield Garrison

The Arborfield Garrison began life in 1911 as the Remount Depot, supplying horses to the military for operational and ceremonial tasks.

It had strong connections with the Garth Hunt, because its point-to-point races were held there.

Machine guns and tanks were introduced in World War I, and after the Great War repairs were taken over by the Ordnance Corps.

By 1939 the site had been transformed into the Army Technical School (Boys).

Since then, the school has had several incarnations, and has been renamed the Army Apprentices School ( 1946 to October 1966), the Army Apprentices College (October 1966 to 1981), Princess Marina College (1982 to August 1995), Army Apprentices College (August 1995 to September 2000) and the Army Technical Foundation College (September 2000 to August 2004).

Between 1936 and 2004 some 50,000 young men and women passed through these gates to start their army careers as apprentice soldier tradesmen.

The Army Apprentices School here at Arborfield was originally designed to house and train up to 1,000 apprentices at a time.

Most of the civilian instructors had served in the Forces and thus knew the requirements of the job. The roads around the camp were all named after famous men of an engineering background, such as Nuffield, Faraday, Whitworth, James Watt, Stephenson, Kelvin and Newton.

REME officers have served in the front line in many conflicts, including the Falklands, the Gulf War, Bosnia, Afghanistan and the Iraq war.

Arborfield Garrison is still the training base for the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) of the British Army.

However, following a review of the MOD's future requirements, Arborfield Garrison is due for closure in 2015.




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