At the end of July 1915 the Defence Department acquired land between Featherston and the Tauherenikau River to build a new training camp for the NZ Expeditionary Force. The barrack camp, housing 4500, and a tent camp across the road opened on 24 January 1916, with men from Tauherenikau Camp marching to their new home. Featherston Military Camp was NZ’s largest training camp with over 250 buildings and helped prepare 60,000 men for service in World War One.
Infantry usually trained 6-8 weeks here while mounted riflemen and artillerymen did virtually all of their training at the camp.
As well as 90 barracks there were religious institutes, a canteen, soldiers’ club, hospital facilities, stables and shops.
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