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Some people have been generous enough to forward to me photographs and text used on this website and neither them nor myself find it amusing to have their generosity rewarded by seeing their images etc stolen and used elsewhere without permission or creditation. 

I will now be forced to watermark every photograph which appears here. This detracts from this website and spoils it for all those genuinely interested in viewing the photographs.

HAWICK 1903 - 1959

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

Only in fading photographs can the casual onlooker hope to glimpse some of the spirit of the camp and those who passed through it.

  Updated June 1st 2015


Main Camp 1939


"Too true - it is a rotten hole
A dreary, cheerless place.
And to Bonnie, Bonnie Scotland,
A damnable disgrace.
But if I swore from morn till night,
The half I'd never tell,
And so I think I'll save my breath
And simply call it Hell
.............That's STOBS"

Joseph Bramwell Bush of the R.A.M.C.


1905 summer camp

A general view of Stobs Camp

The photograph to the left shows the camp being used by British army volunteers in the summer of 1905.

The near identical photo to the right shows a British sentry on guard duty outside of the barbed-wire enclosure, guarding the dozens of barracks which housed German prisoners of war during the Great War.

Sentry overlooking German Great War POW camp




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 PLEASE Help Save Our Scottish Border Red Squirrels -

 Grey squirrels have been spotted in the woods at Stobs for the last few years. Incursion by pox carrying grey squirrels from England is now the single largest threat to our native red squirrels in Scotland. The Squirrelpox virus is harmless to greys but is lethal to the native reds, with squirrels dying a horrible death over two weeks. The Squirrelpox virus also has the devastating effect of speeding up the rate at which grey squirrels displace and replace reds (usually about 15 years) by a factor of twenty, denying researchers adequate time to develop an effective vaccine for reds or a contraceptive for greys, along with targeted ways of administering them.