Clipstone Camp and the Mansfield Area in World War One

New – published by Forest Town Heritage Group September 2013, 156 pages including illustration, maps etc.

The book -  looks at a poignant part of our history – the first World War 1914 -18. It was a war that altered the lives of many people as it extended from the anticipated few months into four years. 

In the Nottinghamshire town of Mansfield the call for recruitment had a two-fold effect. A large number of men enlisted and moved away and an even greater number of soldiers moved into the area to live and train at Clipstone Camp. It was one of the largest hutted camps in the country erected to accommodate men of the new armies raised by Lord Kitchener, and it had a big impact on the surrounding villages, town and countryside in North Nottinghamshire. 

The camp and the integration of thousands of soldiers into the area brought additional spending power into the locality and quick thinking entrepreneurs took advantage of this. The social implications of the camp were many. Local people and organisations became involved in the moral welfare of the soldiers. Alternatively the moral welfare of young girls was a concern and ‘some ladies’ were banned from the vicinity of the camp.

Beds in the hospitals were needed for war wounded. Schools and local women became involved in events to raise funds and equipment for those participating in the war. However, for the communities of Mansfield, the camp played a significant part in the people’s war.

The book has the following 10 Chapters,

Introduction, Recruitment, Clipstone Camp, Camp Life, The Social Impact of the Camp, Mansfield And The Reaction To War, The Local Women’s War, Women In Uniform, The Closing Years, Remembrance.

The book is indexed and the Appendix contains a list of 56 soldiers and 1 nurse whose death or inquests were relevant to Clipstone Camp. 

The book price £10 can be purchased by visiting Mansfield Museum and other local venues.


Price £10 plus £2.50 postage in the UK - available from Forest Town Heritage Group c/o 15 Elmhurst Road, Forest Town, Mansfield Notts, NG19 0EU Cheques payable to Forest Town Heritage Group. For details of overseas postage email

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  • After just seeing a copy of my book on ebay selling at £37.78, I didn’t know whether to be flattered or astounded. I would like to mention we do have some copies left selling at £5.00 + £2.50 pp in the UK. Email me at for more details.
    Pauline Marples

    By Pauline Marples (10/12/2020)
  • SPECIAL OFFER, there a few copies of this book still remaining and it has now been reduced to £5. It is available at Mansfield Museum or by post from Forest Town Heritage Group at the above address.

    By Pauline Marples (03/10/2018)
  • For people who live in the Retford area this book is now available at ‘The Bookworm’, Spa Lane, East Retford.

    By Pauline Marples (26/10/2013)

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