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May 20, 1865

cover page of Aldershot Military Gazette published on May 20, 1865

Aldershot Military Gazette





From a sleepy agricultural village, Aldershot had grown significantly with the initial arrival of the army on training exercises in 1853, culminating in the setting up of the military training camp in 1854.

William Sheldrake saw an opportunity and founded the Aldershot Military Gazette in August 1859, which he renamed Sheldrake's Aldershot Military Gazette. It was Aldershot's first newspaper, and contained reports of military movements in camp and in the army generally. As such, it circulated widely through the officers and soldiers in the camp and at almost every station of the British Army. However, it also contained local and district news and was therefore bought by the people of Aldershot, Farnham and the neighbourhood.

It was discontinued in 1932.

For this newspaper, we have the following titles in, or planned for, our digital archive:

  • 1859–60 The Aldershot Military Gazette
  • 1860–1913 Sheldrake's Aldershot Military Gazette
  • 1913–32 Aldershot Gazette and Military News.

This newspaper is published by an unknown publisher in Aldershot, Hampshire, England. It was digitised and first made available on the British Newspaper Archive in Dec 25, 2012 . The latest issues were added in Mar 18, 2017.