A hundred years ago, the rural parish of Sutton Mandeville hosted thousands of soldiers in camps either side of today’s A30. Between 1915 and 1918 several different units were based here, preparing soldiers for service on the Western Front.

There are few signs of these camps today, but soldiers from two regiments also left carvings of their cap badges cut into the downs: the 7th (City of London) Battalion of the London Regiment (known as the ‘Shiny Seventh’); and the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

After the First World War the two badges at Sutton Mandeville were periodically maintained for about 70 years. From the 1990s onwards they became quite overgrown and almost lost from sight. With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and others we are finding out about the soldiers who once lived here, and working to ensure that the Sutton Badges take their place in the landscape once again.

The Royal Warwickshire badge nearing the completion of its restoration


Reg Johnson in Pictures

In October 2019 we received a great image of Shiny 7th soldiers outside their huts at Sutton Mandeville in 1916 ...
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Open Day 2019

Everyone is welcome to join us on our Open Day on Sunday 23rd June from 1pm until 5pm. This is ...
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Restoring the Shiny 7th Badge

From an article published in Three Towers Magazine, November 2018 The summer of 2018 was very busy for the First ...
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Royal Warwicks at Sutton Mandeville?

Peter Weston recently contacted SMHT about his grandfather, Walter Weston, standing second from the left in the photograph above. Peter ...
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Shiny 7th Football Team at Sutton Mandeville

One of our Trustees, Toby Green, found this evocative postcard of a football team, marked on the back 'Sutton Mandeville ...
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Sutton Mandeville badges and camps commemorated at National Service in Westminster Abbey

Trustees from Sutton Mandeville Heritage Trust who helped restore the Royal Warwicks and Shiny 7th badges are attending The National ...
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WWI London Regiment badge restored for Armistice Centenary

First World War badge cut into hillside by soldiers in 1916 brought back to life by £32,800 National Lottery grant ...
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Major grant from National Lottery to restore Royal Warwickshire Regiment badge

Sutton Mandeville Heritage Trust is very pleased to report that it has received a grant of £88,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund ...
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Centenary of the Shiny 7th Badge

April 5th 2016 is the centenary of the Shiny 7th badge cut into the hillside in Sutton Mandeville. It was ...
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The Royal Field Artillery in Sutton Mandeville – preparing for the Somme

Maps from the First World War indicate that the camps at Sutton Mandeville were used by the Royal Field Artillery ...
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