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Swaythling Station remembers World War One

On Tuesday 16 June volunteers of the Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership, civic leaders and pupils from Cantell Secondary School in Southampton held an event at Swaythling Railway Station to mark the existence of a Remount Depot in the area during World War One.

The depot was one of the largest in southern England, because of its proximity to Southampton docks, and horses were brought from all over the world to Swaythling for training before being shipped to the western front and other areas of battle.

Over the past few months the Partnership, and in particular local lead volunteer Bob Painton, has worked with the school pupils to produce plaques, cut outs horses and statues to place permanently at the station.

The result is quite stunning and one which is helping to foster greater community spirit and understanding about the local area's history.
A news article was carried by British Forces Broadcasting Services on the day and it can be viewed at

to show how a small railway station can make a big impact! A big thank you goes to all who have helped with this project.


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