Newbattle Abbey College - Sharing Our Heritage

Charlotte Johnson tells us how Newbattle Abbey College, Dalkeith, are delving in to their fascinating military past.

Submitted by Charlotte Johnson on 14-12-2015 15:01:11

Sharing Our Heritage

From 1939 until 1945 Newbattle Abbey in Dalkeith was used as a training base for both the ATS and the RAMC. Many new sign-ups were sent to Newbattle Abbey to receive their initial training before being assigned their official war time roles. New starts lived in Nissen huts in the abbey grounds and were issued kit, received lectures and undertook physical training and marching instruction.


From 1945 until 1950 Newbattle was then used as the No. 1 Army Training College, a college for demobilised servicemen and women, equipping them with the skills required for careers after the war.

Nissen huts used during WWII still survive on the site at Newbattle Abbey College
Newbattle Abbey House, circa 1860

After recently receiving funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the college have been working to compile information on this period in order to produce an exhibition, school visits, reminiscence sessisons, a publicaton, a DVD and guided tours to share their heritage with others.

They are appealing to anyone who was stationed at Newbattle during this period, or has links to people who were, to make contact and are keen to record oral history interviews of people’s memories of Newbattle.

Anyone wishing to make contact can call the college on 0131 663 1921 or can email the project Co-ordinator, Charlotte Johnson, on


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