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Basketball at Sutton Veny (c. 1918-1919)

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Basketball at Sutton Veny (c. 1918-1919)
This lantern slide, “Basketball at Sutton Veny (c. 1918-1919),” shows a group of Australian Infantry soldiers playing basketball on the grounds of Sutton Veny. In the forefront of the image, two small groups of soldiers relax while watching the men play.
The Commercial Photographic Co
Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
Lantern Slide Collection
World War, 1914-1918
International Young Men's Christian Association
Lantern slides
3.25x3.25 in
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Sutton Veny, formerly Greenhill House, is located in the Upper Wylye Valley, near Warminster and Salisbury Plain in England. The structure was built between 1804 and 1816 by William Hinton and remained in the Hinton family until 1856. During World War I, the Greenhill House was a Y.M.C.A for officers and soldiers. After the British battalions left for France in 1915 and 1916, the Australian Commonwealth Military Forces stationed in the village and surrounding area took the home to their hearts. An excerpt from a Y.M.C.A brochure of the time states: “Situated in the midst of the largest AIF training and convalescent depots in Great Britain, this mansion, containing over 50 rooms, and with spacious lawns and grounds, offered ideal possibilities for rest and recuperation for war weary troops... There are no charges—with the exception of the buffets—for any of the attractions, to which the Y.M.C.A is constantly adding. A more charmingly arranged home than Greenhill House it would be impossible to find, and among the staff—the majority who are Australians—there is a spirit of unity that is so essential to the success of every undertaking, whether work or sport." This slide is part of Springfield College’s collection of lantern slides depicting Australian Y.M.C.A. war work during World War I.
Slight deterioration; Text on border reads, "Basket ball; The Commercial Photographic Co.; Australian Y.M.C.A. Historical Record Section; Sutton Veny Greenhill House Basket Ball."
Part of the Australian Y.M.C.A. WWI Lantern Slide Series