Stobs Military Camp

For nearly 60 years, thousands of young men used the facilities at Stobs Camp near Hawick in the Scottish Borders to train for war. Now the bleak, windswept hills lie as silent witnesses to all that passed before them.

Stobs Camp has significant historical importance with its quality of remains, intact training ground, massive archaeological potential and huge educational resource. Due to its extraordinary level of preservation Stobs Camp is an internationally important site relating to Scotland’s preparation for and subsequent handling of First World War prisoners.

Within Scotland no site exists with the mix of army training camp and prisoners of war and internees in one place, none has the surviving remains visible as at Stobs, no other camp has any standing buildings and much of the training ground including firing ranges and trenches surviving. And within the UK, no First World War prisoner of war camp has upstanding buildings remaining, no internees’ camp survives on the mainland, and no training camps survive to the same level of preservation.

This is why Stobs is so important.

 

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  • Calling all volunteers!

    Calling all volunteers!

    The Stobs Camp Project is now looking for volunteers to help conduct research and to take part in on-site activities and workshops. Not only will your invaluable help be contributing to our shared knowledge of Stobs Camp but there […]

     
  • The Great War

    The Great War

    In October 1914, the authorities let it be known that Stobs was to be used as a Prisoner of War camp and a £50,000 contract was placed for the construction of 200 wooden huts which would […]

     
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    The Second World War

    Little information survives regarding the camp after the Great War. However, a specialist venereal disease hospital opened after the Armistice using the former German POW hospital. Eventually, there was a return to a summer training […]

     
 

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