The Army Remount Serice was set up in 1887 to provide the training of horses and mules for military use. The service expanded greatly during World War One when it handled over a million animals. A number of new remount depots were established, including those at Romsey and Swaythling. The Romsey camp carried out the training while the Swaythling depot was responsible for collecting the horses and shipping them to France. The depot covered a large area of land to the north of Bassett Green Road and west of Stoneham Lane.


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