Thursday 10th September 1914: Yesterday our contact with the 1st
anticipated close fighting in a dawn attack. In the event this did not happen.
He reports: “Moved off as a Brigade in the good old night formation on the dawn
attack at 3.45 am. Expected every minute to be heard in which case we should
rush the position. Nothing happened, however, and very much to our “relief”!!
found that the Germans had quietly and most discreetly retired”. The Bedfords have been
advancing all day, chasing the Germans back the way they were forced to retreat
by them only a few days ago. This evening they lie near the hamlet of Bedfords in the Bois
de Bourneville, an advance of some fifteen miles. The adjutant reports that the
advance began before dawn “pursuing the enemy all day. The enemy is apparently
demoralised and the country strewn with wagons, motors, bicycles, stores,
hundreds of greatcoats, dead and wounded horses, Germans etc.” One wonders how
German units reported their pursuit of our men in the past few weeks. A German
convoy was captured by our forces as well as a considerable number of
We regret to announce the tragic and untimely death of Mr. Ronald C. M. McNaughton, son of Mr. J. J. McNaughton of
Parys Avenue, Bedford.
He had recently joined the East Anglian Engineers and was given the rank of
Lance-Corporal. Yesterday afternoon about 2.30 he left with three other Engineers en route
for Bury Saint Edmunds to join the Engineers there. The party were riding
motor-cycles and near the bend at Great Barford Mr. McNaughton’s bicycle
skidded and he was thrown heavily. He was picked up insensible and brought to
the Bedford by Doctor Coates but never
regained consciousness and passed away at 2 am this morning Mr. McNaughton was
at Bedford Grammar School 1907-9 and was in the School Corps. He was articled
at the Grafton Works and after serving his time there was for about a year with
Messrs Saunderson and Mills. The funeral will take place from County Hospital 61 de Parys Avenue
on Saturday at 2.30.
Source: Bedfordshire Times 11th September 1914; X550/2/5; X550/2/7
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