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Fovant Badges, Fovant

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The Fovant Badges are a set of regimental badges cut into a chalk hill, Fovant Down, near Fovant, in southwest Wiltshire, England. They are located between Salisbury and Shaftesbury on the A30 road in the Nadder valley; or approximately 1⁄2 mile (800 m) southeast of Fovant. They were created by soldiers garrisoned nearby, and waiting to go to France, during the First World War; the first in 1916. They are clearly visible from the A30 road which runs through the village. Nine of the original twenty remain, and are scheduled ancient monuments and recognised by the Imperial War Museum as war memorials. Further badges have been added more recently.

The Fovant Badge Society holds an annual Drumhead Service which is attended by the Australian High Commissioner, local mayors and members of parliament. These services fund the upkeep of the badges.

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  • Far from being vandalism, these chalk insignia are absolutely CRUCIAL reminders of our history. If the soldiers who placed these here over 100 years ago had not done so, we may not have been here to.....  more »
  • Driving from Shaftsbury to Salisbury, happened across the Fovant Badges to the side of the A30 carved into the chalk hills of Dorset. Very limited parking in a layby for only 3 cars next to a busy...  more »
  • Great views of the surrounding area.
  • Beautiful ancient location
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