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front.002.jpeg.002During World War 1, the Australian soldiers, belonging to the Australian Imperial Force, were based at the Military Camp at Hurdcott. In 1916, volunteer soldiers dug out an outline of Australia, with the word “Australia” inside the map, into the northern slope of Compton Down. They created this large map overlooking the Hurdcott Camp, on the ridge of Burcombe Ivers, southeast of the village of Compton Chamberlayne. Volunteers had maintained the badge until 2005 when it was abandoned.