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From our archives, is this account of the sixth’s battalion’s stay in Ripley in August 1914, when they temporarily transformed the town centre into ‘an armed camp’:
“After a hasty meal the men were guests of the Empire Palace (which had been prettily decorated with flags and patriotic emblems), the Hippodrome (where Mr Skermer had carried out effective decorations), Jubilee Institute and Club, and Church Institute. A number of townspeople entertained the officers and portion of the men, and no doubt many more of the rank and file would have received hospitality had residents known it would have been allowed.
“At 5 o’clock on Wednesday morning the reveille sounded, and before 7am the Market-square presented the scene of an armed camp, rifles being stacked by kits, with the two machine guns, ammunition and commissariat waggons. About 8.30 the battalion marched out, amid good wishes and ringing cheers.”
Quartered on Normanton Road, the battalion awaited their orders with the rest of the Notts and Derbyshire Territorials.