Belton at War

This site has been made to commemorate the centenary of the Machine Gun Corps, whose training camp was established on Belton Park near Grantham in 1915. Find out how involved the Earl and Countess Brownlow were in supporting the troops.

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Welcome to Belton at War

MGC Recruitment Poster100 years ago the Earl and Countess Brownlow offered their parkland to the Army for the formation of the Machine Gun Corps (MGC). Some 170,500 officers and men served in the MGC; the men were trained to use Vickers machine guns at Belton and sent all over the world to all types of theatres of war.

At any one time between 1915 and 1922 there were thousands of men on the camp. The Earl and Countess might have lived elsewhere while the camp was on their land but we wish to show, through the items on this site, that they were committed to supporting the troops and were in residence at Belton much more in the war years than they had been in previous years.

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Some Mother's Son

William Bulstrode

Some mother’s son lies in a field
Someone has killed some mother’s son today
Head blown up by some soldier’s gun
While all the mothers stand and wait
Some mother’s son ain’t coming home today
Some mother’s son ain’t got no grave.

These are the words of the song by Ray Davies. The song captures the pain and suffering felt by all mothers when their sons march off to war. I have always found it difficult to understand how mothers endured the pain of seeing their sons leave to fight at the front during the First World War.

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